Famous Swedish Men

Talk of the top ten happiest countries in the world and Sweden definitely takes one of the top spots. And why not, for it has one of the most satisfied people on earth. Be it health, security, trust, wealth or education, Sweden consistently ranks in the top levels in all measures. While the transparency and efficiency of the government has to be thanked for the same, much of it has been made possible due to the nationals who through their exemplary deeds have helped the country stand where it is today. While men and women have equivalently contributed to Swedish history and legacy, this section predominantly deals with prominent Swedish men and their works.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malmo, Sweden

Swedish professional footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović currently plays as a striker for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, he is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world.  He is Sweden's all-time leading goalscorer. He is a brash person and has been involved in several violent incidents with teammates.

 2 Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: May 23, 1707
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Linnés Råshults Stiftelse, Älmhult Municipality, Sweden
Died: January 10, 1778

Swedish botanist and lecturer Carl Linnaeus, who established the concept of binomial nomenclature, or the system of naming organisms, is also known as the father of modern taxonomy. His system of classification is known as Linnaean taxonomy. He was the first to include humans and apes under the header Anthropomorpha.

 3 Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel
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Birthdate: October 21, 1833
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 10, 1896

Alfred Nobel was a Swedish chemist, engineer, and inventor. A prolific inventor, he held 355 different patents. Most popular as the inventor of dynamite, he was concerned with how he would be remembered after his death and bequeathed his fortune to the Nobel Prize institution. A wide traveler, he was proficient in several languages.

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 4 Avicii

Avicii
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Famous As: Musician, DJ
Birthdate: September 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 20, 2018

Avicii was a Swedish international DJ, remixer, musician and songwriter. He attained fame with his single, Levels, in 2011. His debut studio album, True, released in 2013 received positive reviews. His second studio album, Stories, was released in 2015. He suffered from mental health issues and died by suicide at age 28. His third album, Tim, was released posthumously in 2019.

 5 Björn Borg

Björn Borg
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: June 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Regarded as one of the best tennis players from Sweden, Björn Borg won 11 Grand Slam singles titles during his playing career. He started off as a teenage sensation and helped popularize tennis during the 1970s. The 2017 film Borg vs McEnroe was inspired by his rivalry against John McEnroe.

 6 PewDiePie

PewDiePie
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Famous As: YouTube Star
Birthdate: October 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
PewDiePie is the ubiquitous pseudonym for ‘Let’s Play’ pioneer and Youtube superstar, Felix Kjellberg. The controversial Swede, named in the Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world, became the first solo Youtuber to reach 100 million subscribers soon after his much-publicized tussle for top honours in terms of Youtube subscriptions against Indian corporate rival T-Series.

 7 Alexander Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgård
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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 8 Bill Skarsgard

Bill Skarsgard
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vällingby, Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård is best known for portraying Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the supernatural horror film It. Even though he has acted in a few comedy films, he prefers roles in horror films. The son of actor Stellan Skarsgård, he was introduced to acting at a young age and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.

 9 Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman
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Famous As: Director & Actor
Birthdate: July 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: July 30, 2007

Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish filmmaker and screenwriter. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and accomplished filmmakers of all time, Ingmar Bergman continues to serve as an inspiration for filmmakers like Woody Allen. His work has also influenced other prominent directors like Martin Scorsese, Thomas Vinterberg, and Richard Ayoade.

 10 Dolph Lundgren

Dolph Lundgren
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Spånga, Sweden

Swedish actor, Dolph Lundgre,n is mainly known as an action hero. He gained recognition with the 1985 Hollywood film Rocky IV and then went on to do many action and thriller movies like Joshua Tree, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Bridge of Dragons, Universal Soldier, Diamond Dogs and The Expendables. He has also directed several films like Missionary Man and Icarus.

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 11 Stellan Skarsgård

Stellan Skarsgård
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

One of the most decorated and popular Swedish actors of all time, Stellan Skarsgård has made quite an impact in Hollywood. Skarsgård is also known for his interesting take on religion. A non-religious artist, he condemns the Bible and the Quran as violent. In 2009, he joined other non-religious personalities in writing an article explaining the importance of secularity.

 12 Björn Ulvaeus

Björn Ulvaeus
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

 13 Björn Ironside

Björn Ironside
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Famous As: Swedish King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sweden

Björn Ironside was a legendary king of Sweden and Norse Viking chief. He is believed to have been the first leader of the Munsö dynasty, which thrived during the Viking Age. It is also believed that the descendants of Ironside ruled over the Swedes for years. In the historical drama TV series Vikings, Ironside is being portrayed by Alexander Ludwig.

 14 Markus Persson

Markus Persson
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Famous As: Video Game Programmer & Designer
Birthdate: June 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm
Swedish game designer Markus Persson, also known by his pseudonym, Notch, created the sandbox video game Minecraft, which Microsoft later bought for $2.5 billion. He also founded the video game company Mojang. He was dragged into controversy for his “tweets” on feminism, race, and the LGBT community.

 15 Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kumla, Sweden
Actor, musician, and theater director Peter Stormare is best known as John Abruzzi from Prison Break. He has also appeared in films such as Minority Report, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Fargo. He is also a skilled voice actor who has appeared in video games such as Destiny.

 16 Valter Skarsgård

Valter Skarsgård
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sweden
Swedish actor Valter Skarsgård, son of iconic actor Stellan Skarsgard, is known for films such as Portkod 1321 and Black Lake. Fans loved him as Jon in the Arn movie franchise and TV series. He also live-streams video games such as Rainbow Six: Siege and Rocket League on Twitch.

 17 Joel Kinnaman

Joel Kinnaman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Joel Kinnaman is an actor who holds Swedish and American citizenships. He has played important roles in popular films like RoboCop and Suicide Squad. He has also been a household name in the United States for many years with portrayals of prominent roles in TV series like House of Cards.

 18 Benny Andersson

Benny Andersson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Vällingby, Stockholm, Sweden

 19 Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld
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Famous As: Second Secretary-General of the United Nations
Birthdate: July 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jönköping
Died: September 18, 1961

Dag Hammarskjöld was a Swedish diplomat and economist. In 1953, Hammarskjöld became the youngest person to be appointed as the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He died in airplane crash in 1961. Dag Hammarskjöld became the first person to be honored with a Nobel Peace Prize posthumously.

 20 Yung Lean

Yung Lean
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter, Fashion designer, Record Producer
Birthdate: July 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm
Swedish rapper Yung Lean is best known for his track Ginseng Strip 2002 and for albums such as Unknown Memory. His music is known as sad rap, emo rap, and soundcloud rap, and he also performs with the band Död Mark. He has struggled with bipolar disorder and drug issues.

 21 Jwan Yosef

Jwan Yosef
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Famous As: Painter, Artist
Birthdate: September 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Syria

Jwan Yosef is a Swedish artist and painter who specializes in plastic arts. Over the course of his career, Yosef has participated in a number of group exhibitions and art fairs. He is also credited with founding The Bomb Factory Art Foundation in North London.

 22 Ingvar Kamprad

Ingvar Kamprad
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Famous As: Business magnate
Birthdate: March 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Agunnaryd
In 2004, Swedish business tycoon and IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad stunned everyone to beat Bill Gates in the race for world’s wealthiest person. He showed his entrepreneurial streak as a kid when he made profits from selling matches. He founded IKEA with a cash reward he got from his father.

 23 Max Martin

Max Martin
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

 24 Stefan Edberg

Stefan Edberg
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Västervik, Sweden

Swedish former tennis player Stefan Edberg was once the world No. 1 professional tennis player (in both singles and doubles). He won six Grand Slam singles titles and three Grand Slam men's doubles titles, besides the Masters Grand Prix. Following his retirement from professional tennis, he began playing competitive squash and became an elite player in Sweden. 

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 25 Quincy Jones III

Quincy Jones III
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Famous As: Music producer
Birthdate: December 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England

 26 Victor Lindelof

Victor Lindelof
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Västerås, Sweden

 27 Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: June 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

 28 Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Åre

 29 Gustaf Skarsgard

Gustaf Skarsgard
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 30 Raoul Wallenberg

Raoul Wallenberg
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Famous As: Humanitarian
Birthdate: August 4, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lidingö, Sweden
Died: January 17, 1945

Swedish architect Raoul Wallenberg went down in history as a savior for Jews during the Nazi regime. He not only issued provisional Swedish passports, or Schutzpass, to protect Jews, but also set up safe houses for them. He disappeared amid mysterious circumstances. Many believe he died in a Soviet prison.

 31 Mikael Persbrandt

Mikael Persbrandt
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakobsberg, Sweden

 32 Mats Wilander

Mats Wilander
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Växjö, Sweden

Mats Wilander is a former tennis player who won seven Grand Slam singles titles from 1982 to 1988. A former world No. 1, Wilander is one of six men to have emerged victorious in Grand Slam singles tournaments on hard courts, grass courts, and clay courts. In 2002, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

 33 Erik Karlsson

Erik Karlsson
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: May 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Landsbro

Erik Karlsson is a Swedish ice hockey player who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks of the NHL. An important member of the Sweden men's national team, Karlsson was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He also helped his national team win the bronze medal at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

 34 Olof Palme

Olof Palme
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Östermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 28, 1986

 35 Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland

Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: May 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

 36 Swedenborg

Swedenborg
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Famous As: Theologian, Philosopher, Scientist
Birthdate: January 29, 1688
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: March 29, 1772

Emanuel Swedenborg was a Swedish pluralistic-Christian philosopher, mystic, theologian, and scientist. Swedenborg started hogging the limelight after writing a book on the afterlife titled Heaven and Hell, which released in 1758. A prolific scientist and inventor, Swedenborg experienced spiritual awakening after which he started working on reforming Christianity. He even claimed that he could converse with angels and demons.

 37 Stefan Löfven

Stefan Löfven
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hägersten, Stockholms län, Sweden

 38 Henrik Larsson

Henrik Larsson
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden

 39 Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik

 40 Svante Thunberg

Svante Thunberg
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boo, Sweden

Svante Thunberg is a Swedish actor, producer, and writer. He is married to opera singer Malena Ernman and has two daughters, Greta and Beata. Greta is a prominent climate activist, who first rose to worldwide prominence when she initiated the school strike for climate. Svante accompanies his daughter on her sailing expeditions to UN climate summits. 

 41 Armand Duplantis

Armand Duplantis
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Famous As: Pole vaulter
Birthdate: November 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

Armand Duplantis is a Swedish pole vaulter. He currently holds the world indoor record with a height of 6.18 meters. When he was 15 years old, Duplantis won a gold medal at the 2015 World Youth Championships. He then went on to win a gold medal at the 2018 European Championships and a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.

 42 Maher Zain

Maher Zain
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tripoli, Lebanon

Swedish singer Maher Zain had moved to Sweden from Lebanon with his family at 8. A qualified aeronautical engineer, he is now known for his fusion of Eastern and Western music and for the religious overtones in his songs. He has also worked with UNHCR to support Syrian refugees.

 43 August Strindberg

August Strindberg
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Famous As: Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Birthdate: January 22, 1849
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 14, 1912

August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, painter, essayist, novelist, and poet. He wrote over 30 works of fiction and more than 60 plays in an illustrious career that spanned 40 years. Widely regarded as the father of modern Swedish literature, Strindberg is best remembered for his work The Red Room, which is considered the first modern Swedish novel.

 44 Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson
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Famous As: Swedish Journalist & Writer
Birthdate: August 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Skelleftehamn, Sweden
Died: November 9, 2004

Stieg Larsson was a Swedish writer and journalist. He is best remembered for his Millennium trilogy of novels, which were adapted as three films in Sweden. After his sudden death, due to a heart attack, Stieg Larsson was posthumously honored with several awards, such as the Glass Key award, Galaxy British Book Award, and Anthony Award.

 45 Carl Emil Pettersson

Carl Emil Pettersson
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: October 23, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 12, 1937

 46 Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden
Birthdate: April 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haga Palace, Solna Municipality, Sweden

Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has been serving as the king of Sweden since the demise of his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf in 1973. He is currently the longest-reigning monarch in the history of Sweden. Apart from being passionate about the environment, agriculture, technology, and trade, the king is also fond of automobiles and owns many Porsche 911s.

 47 Christina, Queen of Sweden

Christina, Queen of Sweden
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: December 18, 1626
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tre Kronor
Died: April 19, 1689

 48 Daniel Ek

Daniel Ek
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: February 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 49 Fares Fares

Fares Fares
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 50 Joel Berghult

Joel Berghult
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Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: April 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
After breaking the internet with his content on his YouTube channel, RoomieOfficial, Swedish singer Joel Berghult, also known as Roomie, or Lil Pitchy, teamed up with internet stars such as PewDiePie, the highest-subscribed YouTuber. True to a social-media celebrity, he has also often tweeted phiotos with his ex-girlfriend, Bethany Connor.

Amongst them, Alfred Nobel, the initiator of Nobel Prize awards and the inventor of dynamite deserve a first mention. Some other names that have made Swedish history and legacy proud are Nathan Soderblom, Isaac Hirsche Grunewald, Carl Milles, Saint Bridget, Gustaf Dalen, Ruben Rausing, Carl XVI Gustaf, Carl Michael Bellman, Evert Taube, Olof Palme, Arvid Carlsson, Tomas Transtromer and so on. Go through this section to find details about the life and works of famous Swedish men.