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Passengers of Estonia Mourned

Published onsdag 29 september 2004 kl 13.43

People across Sweden, Estonia and Finland held memorial services Tuesday to remember and mourn the 852 people killed when the ferry Estonia sank during a storm in the Baltic Sea ten years ago.

It was the worst peacetime maritime disaster in modern European history. 

A ceremony in the Swedish capital Stockholm drew hundreds of relatives and survivors, with King Carl XVI Gustaf, as well as the Estonian and Finnish ambassadors laying wreaths. 

In a speech the speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Björn von Sydow, said that the disaster is ”still remembered as a national trauma.” 

Some 500 Swedes were killed in the accident.

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