Famous Swedish Women

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Think Swedish women are all beauty and no brains? If yes, then after reading this, you are likely to change your mind for good. While there is no denying that Swedish women are the hottest in the world, there is more to their beauty than just meets the eye. Be it on runway, silver screen, sports arena or political dais, Swedish women have stamped their excellence in myriad fields and how! From trouncing opponents in tennis courts to representing their country in Olympics and from stunning their audience with top-notch performances in the screens to cinching the crown in beauty pageants, the Swedish women have conquered them all. To top that, Swedish women are all well-educated and can knock out anyone when it comes to discoursing anything under the sun — from literature to philosophy. Needless to say, they are one helluva intimating bunch of beauties with a lethal combo of beauty and brain. Read on to delve deep into the lives of many such famous Swedish women who have won great laurels for their country. Their achievements, captured in their timeline, trivia, and facts below will intrigue you to the core.
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 1 
Ingrid Bergman
(One of the Most Influential Screen Figures in Cinematic History)
Ingrid Bergman
42
Birthdate: August 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 29, 1982

One of the greatest Swedish actresses ever, Ingrid Bergman is the only Triple Crown winner with three Academy Awards under her belt. Such is her impact that her character Ilsa Lund, which she portrayed in Casablanca, inspired the character of Ilsa Faust in the Mission Impossible franchise. An actress with a deep sense of freedom, Bergman voiced her views against racial segregation.

 2 
Greta Garbo
(One of the Greatest Female Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Greta Garbo
31
Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 15, 1990

Iconic Swedish-American movie star Greta Garbo is remembered for her melancholic characters. She soared to fame with silent movies such as A Woman of Affairs and talkies such as Mata Hari and Anna Karenina. The three-time Academy Award nominee quit films at 35 and lived a private life.

 3 
Alicia Vikander
(Swedish Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Gerda Wegener’ in the Film ‘The Danish Girl’)
Alicia Vikander
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Birthdate: October 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Alicia Vikander is one of the most successful and popular actresses from Sweden. A trained ballet dancer, she has won prestigious awards, such as the Academy Award. Vikander, who identifies as a feminist, fights against sexual harassment, rape, and assault suffered by women in the Swedish film and theatre industries.
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 4 
Greta Thunberg
(Swedish Environmental Activist Known for Challenging World Leaders to Take Action for Climate Change Mitigation)
Greta Thunberg
226
Birthdate: January 3, 2003
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg is known for her straightforward speaking manner in which she addresses world leaders for failing to take sufficient action regarding the climate change issue. She is considered a youth icon for starting the movement Fridays for Future. She has been included in Time magazine's 100 most influential people list.

 5 
Rebecca Ferguson
61
Birthdate: October 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Rebecca Ferguson achieved international recognition after playing Elizabeth Woodville in the TV miniseries, The White Queen. Her performance in the miniseries was so impressive that Tom Cruise handpicked her to star in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation after watching her portray Elizabeth Woodville. Thanks to her impressive stunts, she was chosen to reprise her role in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

 6 
Ann-Margret
(Actress & Singer)
Ann-Margret
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Birthdate: April 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valsjöbyn, Sweden

Swedish-American actress and singer Ann-Margret was initially described as a female version of Elvis Presley due to her vibrant contralto voice. The winner of five Golden Globe Awards, Ann-Margret had a major impact as an actress throughout the 1960s. Her affair with Elvis Presley was depicted in the 2005 miniseries Elvis in which she is portrayed by Rose McGowan.

 7 
Malin Akerman
(Actress & Model)
Malin Akerman
20
Birthdate: May 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Malin Akerman is a Swedish-American model, actress, singer, and producer. She is known for playing important roles in such films like The Heartbreak Kid and Watchmen in which her nude scenes garnered much attention. She also works closely with a nonprofit organization called Opportunity International.

 8 
Agnetha Faltskog
(Member of the Pop Group 'ABBA')
Agnetha Faltskog
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Birthdate: April 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
Swedish singer Agnetha Fältskog was part of the iconic pop group ABBA, along with her husband, Bjorn Ulvaeus. After the group disbanded, Fältskog launched a solo career and also appeared in a film. She released an album in 2004, after a 16-year hiatus, and then again in 2013.
 9 
Paulina Porizkova
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Birthdate: April 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prostějov, Czechoslovakia

Model, actress, and author, Paulina Porizkova, became the first woman from Central Europe to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984. She began modeling as a teenager and became a top model in Paris during the early 1980s. She eventually began acting as well. Also a writer, she has written a few books.

 10 
Zara Larsson
(Swedish Pop Singer Known for Her Singles: ‘Lush Life’, ‘Never Forget You’ and ‘Girls Like’)
Zara Larsson
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Birthdate: December 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden

Zara Larsson is a Swedish singer-songwriter who achieved national fame at the age of 10 when she won the 2008 season of the popular reality TV series, Talang. She then released her debut studio album and is currently one of the most decorated Swedish singer-songwriters of her generation.

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 11 
Noomi Rapace
(Swedish Actress)
Noomi Rapace
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Birthdate: December 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hudiksvall, Sweden

Noomi Rapace is one of the Swedish actresses to have achieved international recognition, thanks to her performance in the film adaptations of the novel series Millennium. Her popularity increased when she played Simza Heron, her first English-speaking role, in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. In 2014, she became the subject of a film titled A Portrait of Noomi Rapace.

 12 
Jenny Lind
(One of the Most Highly Regarded Singers of the 19th Century)
Jenny Lind
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Birthdate: October 6, 1820
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 2, 1887
Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, also known as the "Swedish Nightingale,” was a prominent 19th-century soprano and performed all over Europe. She also donated generously to various charities, especially to the cause of free schools in Sweden. She also taught at the Royal College of Music in London. 
 13 
Tove Lo
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Raw, Grunge-Influenced Take on Pop Music)
Tove Lo
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Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Viken, Sweden
Grammy-nominated Swedish singer Tove Lo is known for her autobiographical lyrics and her grunge-influenced pop tracks. She soared to fame with her Billboard-charting debut album, Queen of the Clouds. She has also released hits such as Glad He's Gone and co-written tracks such as Love Me like You Do
 14 
Inger Stevens
(Swedish-American Actress Best Known for Her TV Series ‘The Farmer's Daughter’)
Inger Stevens
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Birthdate: October 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 30, 1970

Inger Stevens was a Swedish-American actress whose promising career was cut short when she committed suicide at age 35. Stevens is remembered for her performance in TV series like The Farmer's Daughter, for which she received the Golden Globe for Best TV Star – Female in 1963. Her performance in the series also earned her an Emmy nomination in 1964.

 15 
Britt Ekland
(Actress whose major films include 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun and 1967's The Double Man)
Britt Ekland
8
Birthdate: October 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Britt Ekland is a Swedish actress, singer, and model. One of the leading actresses in Sweden during the 1960s and 1970s, Ekland also established herself as a sex symbol and achieved international prominence when she appeared as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun. Britt Ekland was also one of the most photographed actresses during the 1970s.

 16 
Hanna Alström
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Birthdate: July 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm

Hanna Alström is a Swedish actress who achieved international prominence after playing Crown Princess Tilde of Sweden in the 2014 action spy comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service. Hanna Alström went on to reprise her role in the film's 2017 sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

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Marie Fredriksson
(Lead Vocalist of Pop Rock 'Duo Roxette')
Marie Fredriksson
8
Birthdate: May 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Össjö, Sweden
Died: December 9, 2019

As one half of the Swedish pop rock duo Roxette (with Per Gessle), singer and songwriter Marie Fredriksson enjoyed international fame in the 1980s-1990s with albums like Look Sharp! and Joyride. Their single It Must Have Been Love was featured in the movie Pretty Woman. Earlier, in Sweden ,she had also enjoyed success as a solo artist releasing numerous albums.

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Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
(Heir Apparent to the Swedish Throne and Eldest Child of King ‘Carl XVI Gustav’ and Queen ‘Silvia’)
Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
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Birthdate: July 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden
Victoria, the Crown Princess of Sweden and the Duchess of Västergötland, is the eldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf. She is the heir to the Swedish throne by Sweden’s Act of Succession that brought about royal absolute primogeniture into practice. She also works to raise money for disabled children.
 19 
MyAnna Buring
(Actress)
MyAnna Buring
5
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sundsvall, Sweden
 20 
Anita Ekberg
(Swedish Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Sylvia’ in the Film ‘La Dolce Vita’)
Anita Ekberg
8
Birthdate: September 29, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden
Died: January 11, 2015

Swedish actress Anita Ekberg is best known for her role in the comedy-drama film La Dolce Vita. She worked primarily in Italy and later became a citizen of the country. She began modeling as a teenager and eventually entered films as well. Beautiful and voluptuous, she became a popular name within a few years.

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Snoh Aalegra
(Singer)
Snoh Aalegra
4
Birthdate: September 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

Born Shahrzad Fooladi, to Iranian parents in Sweden, Snoh Aalegra had started writing songs by age 9 and signed with Sony at age 13. She changed her name after moving to the US and soared to fame with her chartbusting tracks such as I Want You Around and Find Someone Like You.

 22 
Elsa hosk
(Swedish Model & Former Victoria's Secret Angel )
Elsa hosk
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Birthdate: November 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish model Elsa hosk stunned everyone with a maternity shoot on Instagram in late 2020, announcing that she had been expecting a girl. The former Victoria’s Secret Angel and Sweden's Next Top Model winner has also played in Sweden’s women’s basketball league. Fans believe she resembles Queen Elsa from Frozen.
 23 
Robyn
(Swedish Singer-songwriter Known for Her Album 'Robyn' and Single 'With Every Heartbeat')
Robyn
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Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Robyn is a Swedish singer, record producer, songwriter, and DJ. Her debut album Robyn Is Here helped launch Karl Martin Sandberg's career in pop music. She has also been recognized as an influence by artistes like Taylor Swift, Lorde, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Christine and the Queens. Robyn has won many awards like AMFT Awards, GAFFA Awards, and Grammis Awards.

 24 
Astrid Lindgren
(Swedish Writer Known for Her Children's Books: ‘Pippi Longstocking’ and ‘The Six Bullerby Children’)
Astrid Lindgren
3
Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vimmerby, Sweden
Died: January 28, 2002

Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer remembered for authoring children's book series and children's fantasy novels. In 1967, the Astrid Lindgren Prize was established in her honor. Lindgren was honored with the Right Livelihood Award in 1994 for her work as a children's writer. In 2017, it was revealed that Lindgren is the 18th most translated author in the world. 

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 25 
Ulrika Jonsson
(Television personality who has hosted Gladiators and Shooting Stars)
Ulrika Jonsson
4
Birthdate: August 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sollentuna Municipality, Sweden

Currently based in Oxfordshire, England, Sweden-born television presenter Ulrika Jonsson moved to the United Kingdom as a child and began her career as a TV-am weather presenter, eventually climbing her way up, presenting many popular television series in England and Sweden. Equally successful as a model and as an actress, she has also authored an autobiography.

 26 
Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
(Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland and Second Daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia)
Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
6
Birthdate: June 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Drottningholm, Sweden

 Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.  Third in line of succession to the Swedish throne at the time of her birth, she is currently the eighth. She is involved in extensive charity work and undertakes various engagements on the behalf of her father. 

 27 
Lykke Li
(Swedish Pop Singer-Songwriter)
Lykke Li
4
Birthdate: March 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ystad, Sweden

Swedish indie-pop singer Lykke Li was born into a musical family, her father being a member of the band Dag Vag. Known for her award-winning tracks such as I Follow Rivers and Sadness Is a Blessing, she is also an advocate of transcendental meditation. She has a son with musician Jeff Bhasker.

 28 
Lise Meitner
(Austrian-Swedish Physicist Who Discovered the Element Protactinium)
Lise Meitner
5
Birthdate: November 7, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: October 27, 1968

Lise Meitner was an Austrian-Swedish physicist best remembered for her contributions that led to the discoveries of nuclear fission and the element protactinium. Nicknamed the German Marie Curie by Albert Einstein, Lise Meitner became the second woman in the world to receive a doctorate in physics in 1905. In 1997, chemical element 109 meitnerium was named in her honor.

 29 
May Britt
(Swedish Actress)
May Britt
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Birthdate: March 22, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lidingö, Lidingö, Sweden

May Britt is a Swedish retired actress who moved to the US in the late-1950s where she made headlines for marrying Sammy Davis Jr. at a time when interracial marriage was forbidden by law in the US. In the 1998 film, The Rat Pack, which narrates the circumstances surrounding May Britt's wedding to Davis, Britt was played by Megan Dodds.

 30 
Anni-Frid Lyngstad
(One of the Founding Members and Lead Singers of the Swedish Pop Band ABBA)
Anni-Frid Lyngstad
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Birthdate: November 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bjørkåsen, Ballangen, Norway

Anni-Frid Lyngstad is a Norwegian-Swedish environmentalist, singer, and songwriter. She is credited with co-founding the popular Swedish pop band ABBA and popularizing the band by serving as its lead singer. In 2010, Anni-Frid Lyngstad was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, she received the Eskilstuna Music Prize for her contribution as an "icon."

 31 
Caroline Hjelt
1
Birthdate: November 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sweden

Caroline Hjelt is a Swedish singer best known as one half of the popular electropop duo, Icona Pop. She formed the duo with Aino Jawo in 2009 and has since released several singles and EPs. The duo has also won many prestigious awards like Scandipop Awards, SESAC Pop Awards, and Grammis Awards.

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Queen Silvia of Sweden
(Queen Consort of Sweden)
Queen Silvia of Sweden
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Birthdate: December 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
 33 
Mercedes Mason
(American Actress and Former Model Known for Her Role as ‘Zondra’ in the TV Series ‘Chuck’)
Mercedes Mason
4
Birthdate: March 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linköping, Sweden
Swedish-American actor/model Mercedes Mason is best known as Zondra from the series Chuck and as Isabel from The Finder. Fans also loved her in the films Sniper: Legacy and Quarantine 2: Terminal and the series Fear the Walking Dead. A polyglot, she speaks languages such as French and Persian. 
 34 
Neneh Cherry
(Swedish Hip-Hop and Dance Singer-Songwriter)
Neneh Cherry
5
Birthdate: March 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Neneh Cherry is a Swedish rapper, singer, songwriter, occasional DJ, and broadcaster. After starting her musical career in the early 1980s in London, Cherry went on to become one of the most decorated Swedish musicians of her generation. Over the years, Neneh Cherry has received many prestigious awards such as Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Award, and NME Award.

 35 
Linn Berggren
(Swedish Pop Singer Best Known as the Founder of 1990s Pop Band 'Ace of Base')
Linn Berggren
1
Birthdate: October 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

A founding member of the the pop band Ace is Base, Linn Berggren as a child wanted to sing, but did not want to become a singer. Yet, she went on to become the principal lead vocalist for the majority of their singles and was generally the focus in the video. She quit her stellar career suddenly in 2007 to lead a quiet life.

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Kelly Gale
(Model)
Kelly Gale
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Birthdate: May 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Kelly Gale is a Swedish-Australian model best known for her association with Playboy, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and Victoria's Secret. In September 2016, she was chosen as the Playboy Playmate of the Month. One of the most popular Swedish models of her generation, Kelly Gale has walked runways for famous designers like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Jean Paul Gaultier.

 37 
Nina Persson
(Lead singer and lyricist for the Swedish rock band The Cardigans)
Nina Persson
1
Birthdate: September 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Örebro, Närke, Sweden

Nina Persson soared to fame as the lead vocalist of the globally renowned Swedish band The Cardigans. Known for chartbusters such as Lovefool and Erase and Rewind, she interestingly aspired to be an artist instead of a musician in her younger days. She is also a cervical cancer survivor.

 38 
Emily Baldoni
(Actress)
Emily Baldoni
1
Birthdate: August 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden
 39 
Hilma af Klint
(Swedish Artist and Mystic Best Known for Her 'Temple' Paintings)
Hilma af Klint
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Birthdate: October 26, 1862
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden
Died: October 21, 1944

Hilma af Klint was a Swedish mystic and artist whose paintings represented complex spiritual ideas. English musician and singer-songwriter Jane Weaver cited af Klint's work as inspiration for her 2017 album, Modern Kosmology. In 2019, Hilma af Klint became the subject of a feature-length documentary titled Beyond the Visible — Hilma af Klint.

Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland
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Birthdate: December 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Danderyds hospital, Sweden
Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland is a Swedish former reality television personality and glamor model. She made headlines in 2015 when she married Prince Carl Philip, thereby becoming a princess of Sweden. Princess Sofia is also known for her charity work. In 2010, she co-founded a non-profit organization called Project Playground which helps underprivileged children in South Africa.
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Victoria Silvstedt
(Swedish Model, Actress, Singer, and Television Personality)
Victoria Silvstedt
3
Birthdate: September 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skelleftehamn, Sweden

Victoria Silvstedt is a Swedish model, singer, actress, and television personality. She achieved national prominence in 1993 when she was selected to represent Sweden in the Miss World pageant in South Africa. She then worked for popular fashion houses like Chanel and Christian Dior before being featured on international magazines like Playboy, Glamour, and Maxim.

 42 
Maud Adams
(Actress and model, known for her roles as two different Bond girls)
Maud Adams
3
Birthdate: February 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Luleå, Sweden
Maud Adams is a Swedish model and actress best known for playing a Bond girl in two Bond films, namely The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy. While her appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun earned her international recognition, Maud Adams' portrayal of the eponymous character in the 1983 film Octopussy earned her accolades.
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Ingrid of Sweden
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Birthdate: March 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 7, 2000
 44 
Eva Ekeblad
(Swedish Agronomist Known for Discovering a Method in 1746 to Make Alcohol and Flour From Potatoes)
Eva Ekeblad
1
Birthdate: July 10, 1724
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 15, 1786

Eva Ekeblad was a Swedish countess, agronomist, salon hostess, and scientist. In 1746, she discovered a method to make flour and alcohol from potatoes which earned her popularity. Her discovery made her the first female inductee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1748.

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Malena Ernman
(Swedish Opera Singer)
Malena Ernman
5
Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

Malena Ernman is a Swedish opera singer who represented her country at the 54th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Moscow, Russia. Apart from operas and operettas, she also performs jazz, cabaret, and chansons. Also an environmental activist, Malena Ernman was adjudged Environmental Hero of the Year by an organization called WWF-Sweden in 2017.

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Viveca Lindfors
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Birthdate: December 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: October 25, 1995
Margaret I of Denmark
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Birthdate: March 15, 1353
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: October 28, 1412
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Erika Linder
(Swedish Model and Actress Known for Sporting and Modeling for Both Male and Female Clothing)
Erika Linder
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Birthdate: May 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sundbyberg, Sweden

Currently based in the United States, Erika Linder is an internationally-known androgynous model, active since 2011. Born in Sweden, she debuted as a model for the Candy magazine, portraying a young Leonardo DiCaprio in it. Since then she has been appearing in different masculine, feminine and unisex looks in numerous internationally-known magazines as well as fashion houses.

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Bibi Andersson
(Former Actress best known for her frequent collaborations with filmmaker Ingmar Bergman)
Bibi Andersson
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Birthdate: November 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 14, 2019
Princess Margaret of Connaught
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Birthdate: January 15, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bagshot Park, Surrey, England
Died: May 1, 1920