Famous Swedes



Astrid Lindgren World-famous author of children's books, well-known especially for the character Pippi Långstrump (Pippi Longstocking)
Alfred Nobel Inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prize
Kung Gustav Vasa Liberation fighter and first king of a newly independent Sweden after the fall of the Kalmar Union with Denmark and Norway in 1523.
Olof Palme Prime minister who championed civil rights issues and was murdered in 1986. The killor nor weapon have ever been identified, and the case is still open today.
Evert Taube Nobility author, musician and artist
Lars Magnus Ericsson Founder of the multi-national telephony corporation Ericsson
Kung Karl XIV Johan King of Sweden from 1818-1844, married to the the sister-in-law of Napoleon's brother Joseph Bonaparte
Carl Larsson Famouos Swedish fine artist
Den heliga Birgitta "Holy Birgitta" - Catholic patron saint
Ingvar Kamprad Founder of IKEA (Ingvar Kamprad from Elmtaryd, Agunnaryd)
Ingmar Bergman Film director and script writer
Carl von Linné (Carolus Linnæus) World-famoous botanical biologist and doctor from Uppsala
Selma Lagerlöf Author featured on the 20-crown note (bill) until 2015. Has a crater on Venus named after her.
Dag Hammarskjöld General Secretary of the United Nations 1953-1961
Assar Gabrielsson Leader and industrialist of AB Volvo
Björn Borg Tennis player
Johan Ericsson (John Ericsson) Train engineer
Freja Nordic Pagan goddess
Kung Gustav IV Adolf Opposed Napoleon, which led to the Finnish War, causing Sweden to lose its territory in Finland
Jonas Wenström Inventor who competed with Thomas Edison in inventing the first lightbulb
Vilhelm Moberg Author and journalist
Erik Gustaf Geijer Historian
Raoul Wallenberg Swedish diplomat who saved around 100,000 Jews from persecution in Hungary during WWII
Stefan Löfven Prime Minister of Sweden (2014-), leader of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterna)
Christopher Polhem Mechanical engineer and inventor of the Cardan joint, otherwise known as the Polhem knot
Olof Persson Major contributor to the Protestant Reformation of Sweden in 1523
Kung Gustav II Adolf King who led Sweden to becoming one of the largest and leading nations of Europe in the early 17th century
Fredrika Bremer Filand-Swedish author, women's rights fighter and charitor
Mått-Johansson Carl Edvard Johansson, inventor in the field of mechanical workshop equipment
Lennart Nilsson Photographer famous for medical-related photography
Greta Garbo Greatly loved Swedish actress
Alice Tegnér Composer and organist
Alva Myrdal Parliamentarian and first woman to become department leader in the United Nations (Social Sciences Department)
Odin Nordic Pagan god
Carl Wilhelm Scheele Chemist who discovered oxygen
Cajsa Warg Author known for Hjelpreda I hushållningen för unga Fruentimber ("Guide on Household Work for Young Housewives", rendered in its old spelling)
Anders Celsius Scientist and astronomist after whom the temperature measurement Celsius is named
Benny Andersson Composer and member of ABBA
Björn Alvaeus Composer and member of ABBA
Agnetha Fältskog Recording artist and member of ABBA
Anni-Frid Lyngstad Pop and jazz singer, member of ABBA
Jöns Jacob Berzelius "Father of Swedish chemistry", discovered the elements cerium, selenium, silicon and thorium
Erik Johan Stagnelius Poet during the Romantic Period
Gunnar Sträng Longest seated finance minister and cabinet member (21 and 31 years, respectively)
Emanuel Swedenborg Author and theologist who claimed to be able to communicate with the dead and visit both Heaven and Hell
Gustaf Fröding Poet famous for his poems written in the Värmland dialect
Thor Nordig Pagan god of thunder
Zlatan Ibrahimović Swedish football player who now (2016) plays for Paris Saint-Germain in League 1
Eva Ekeblad Scientist and first woman to be elected to the Swedish Academy of Science in 1748
Bruno Liljefors Artist famous for dramatic nature and animal paintings
Jan Guillou Journalist and contemporary author especially known for his book Ondskan "Evil"
Jonas Sjöstedt Leader for the Left Party (Vänsterpartiet)
Håkan Hellström Popular musician from Göteborg (Gothenburg)
     

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