Sunday, 23 August 2020

norrmalmstorgin pankkiryöstö

On this day in 1973, a bank robbery and ensuing hostage crisis unfolded in Norrmalmstorg Square (also the equivalent of Park Place in the Swedish version of Monopoly) in Stockholm, covered live on television, and documented the counter-intuitive actions of the hostages towards their captors—empathizing with them and working to protect them during a five-day stand-off with authorities. The novelty and sensation also fueled academic interest, with one criminologist coining the term the Norrmalmstorgssyndromet to describe the captives’ bond and sympathies, later becoming known internationally as the Stockholm Syndrome.