Charles XI of Sweden Biography
(King of Sweden (1660-1697))
Birthday: November 24, 1655 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Tre Kronor, Sweden
Charles XI, also known as Carl or Karl XI, was the King of Sweden from 13 February 1660 to 5 April 1697. He succeeded Charles X Gustav of Sweden and was the only heir to the throne. He ascended to the throne when he was just four but didn't rule until he was twenty. His father had appointed his mother as the regent who would govern on behalf of him till he reached maturity. Sweden saw the most extended period of peace under his monarchy. He strived to maintain peace in the nation after the brutal Scanian War by forming allies with nearby countries. He brought about important changes in the Swedish economy that helped the nation achieve financial independence. He was known to be a modest king, and sometimes the high-ranking officials lived a lifestyle more ostentatious than his. He was a king of the masses and had widespread support. He often walked the streets disguised as a commoner to understand the actual situation of his citizens, which he couldn't, perched on his throne. He also wanted to check if his citizens were being unfairly or poorly treated by the officials. He made reforms in the government structure and the military that brought equality among the people.