Villa Petrolea

Letter from Ruth

What was life like for a young Swedish woman in Baku at the turn of the last century? We can find out much about family life in Nobel’s Villa Petrolea from Ruth Grapengiesser’s frequent correspondence with her mother and sister at home in Sweden. Read more

The living conditions of the workers in the Black City were inhumane.

Working conditions and strikes

Branobel was preparing its 25th anniversary celebrations when the first spontaneous strike broke out in the summer of 1903. Read more

Emanuel Nobel sitting in the centre on the chair, surrounded by the old officials at the Baku office of Branobel.

Ludvig Nobel improved working conditions

Ludvig Nobel took a great interest in improving working conditions. Read more

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