Based on mosaic artist Einar Forseth’s depiction in the Golden Hall of Elsa Brändström − known as the “Angel of Siberia” − the Swedish Red Cross University College will tell the story of this Swedish nurse, who performed humanitarian work for the Red Cross in Russia, Germany and the United States. The lecture will end with a guided tour of the Golden Hall, whose more than 18 million gold mosaic pieces show episodes from Sweden’s history.

Per Allan Olsson, dramaturge and humanitarian aid worker for the International Red Cross, who has written the book Krigets fångar och änglar (Prisoners and Angels of War) about Swedish aid workers during the First World War, will give a lecture on the Red Cross’s humanitarian efforts based on the life and work of Red Cross nurse Elsa Brändström.

About the City Hall’s 100th anniversary

Stockholm City Hall is a public building for all Stockholm residents and is one of Sweden’s most iconic buildings. On 23 June 2023, the City Hall celebrated the 100th anniversary of its inauguration. This centenary is being celebrated throughout the year. Architect Ragnar Östberg was inspired by many different styles. This is also evident in the City Hall, where the Golden Hall with its more than 18 million gold mosaic pieces shows episodes from Sweden’s history.

About the Swedish Red Cross University College

With a focus on people, the Swedish Red Cross University specialises in nursing and health in a global perspective and has a unique profile in education, research and collaboration. The University College rests on a long tradition – ever since 1867 we have trained highly respected and sought-after nurses, providing great benefit to society. Each year the College graduates about 200 nurses as well as 50 specialist nurses in intensive care, infectious disease care and psychiatric care. We also contribute to enhancing the skills of clinical supervisors in continuing education by offering commissioned training courses. The Swedish Red Cross University College conducts research with a focus on “Health Sciences in a Global Perspective”.

Red Cross nurses should be ambassadors with unique skills, professional expertise and professional pride, as well as the ability to connect with people who are at risk, vulnerable and with many different backgrounds.

About the Red Cross

The Red Cross is the world’s largest humanitarian network and has a presence in 192 countries. Its goal is to prevent and alleviate human suffering, no matter whom it affects. The Red Cross as an organisation was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1917, 1944 and 1963. In 1901 the founder of the Red Cross, Henri Dunant, was the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.