Chapter 8 Sweden and Finland: A Lively Laboratory for Commercial Laws and Practices

In: The Development of Commercial Law in Sweden and Finland (Early Modern Period–Nineteenth Century)
Stefania Gialdroni
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In the framework of legal-historical studies, Sweden and Finland have been so far treated as a negligible periphery. This final chapter aims at demonstrating that, in the Modern period, they began not only to attract foreign merchants and their trading activities, but also to play an important role in the development of business law and practices. In order to better appreciate the impact of the Nordic countries on the new dynamics of commercial law and commercial law teaching (starting from the 16th cent.), a comparison with medieval Italy (the center of the “commercial revolution” of the 11th cent.) and England (which shares with Italy a tradition of legal studies dating back to the 12th cent.) is provided.

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