Anders Chydenius

Philosopher, Deceased Person

1729 – 1803

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Who was Anders Chydenius?

Anders Chydenius was a Finnish priest and a member of the Swedish Riksdag, and is known as the leading classical liberal of Nordic history.

Born in Sotkamo, Finland and having studied under Pehr Kalm at the Royal Academy of Åbo, Chydenius became a priest and Enlightenment philosopher. He was elected as an ecclesiastic member of the Swedish Riksdag of the Estates in 1765-66, in which his Cap party seized the majority and government and championed Sweden's first Freedom of the Press Act, the most liberal in the world along with those of Great Britain and the Seven United Provinces. Vehemently opposed to the extreme interventionist policies of mercantilism preached by the previously predominant Hat party since decades, he was ultimately coerced into retirement for his criticism of the Cap administration's radical deregulation policies and their social and political consequences.

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Born
Feb 26, 1729
Sotkamo
Also known as
  • Чюдениус, Андерс
Nationality
  • Finland
Profession
Education
  • Uppsala University
Died
Feb 1, 1803
Kokkola

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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