Famous Swedish Women

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.

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 Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman.
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Famous As: Actresses
Birthdate: August 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm
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 Thunberg

Greta Thunberg.
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Famous As: Environmental Activist
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.

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 3 Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo.
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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm
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.

 4 Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gothenburg
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.

 5 Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm

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

Ann-Margret.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm

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

Malin Akerman.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

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 8 Zara Larsson

Zara Larsson.
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 9 Agnetha Faltskog

Agnetha Faltskog.
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Famous As: Swedish musician
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.

 10 Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind.
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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: October 6, 1820
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm
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. 
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 11 Noomi Rapace

Noomi Rapace.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hudiksvall

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 Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Anni-Frid Lyngstad
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bjørkåsen, Ballangen, Norway

 13 Tove Lo

Tove Lo.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Djursholm, 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 Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova.
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Famous As: Model
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.

 15 Elin Nordegren

Elin Nordegren.
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Famous As: Model, Ex-Wife of Tiger Woods
Birthdate: January 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Elin Nordegren, former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, initially worked as a model, appearing on the cover of Cafe Sport. She met Tiger while working as a nanny for golfer Jesper Parnevik. In 2010, following a massive cheating scandal and her divorce from Tiger, Elin received $100 million as settlement.

 16 Britt Ekland

Britt Ekland
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Autobiographer, Television presenter, Model
Birthdate: October 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm

 17 Hanna Alström

Hanna Alström.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm

 18 Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden.
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Famous As: Swedish throne
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 Snoh Aalegra

Snoh Aalegra
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

 20 Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: August 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sollentuna Municipality

 21 Elsa hosk

Elsa hosk.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm
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.

 22 Anita Ekberg

Anita Ekberg.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 23 Marie Fredriksson

Marie Fredriksson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Össjö, Sweden
Died: December 9, 2019

 24 Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren.
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Famous As: Writer
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 Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland

Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.
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Famous As: Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
Birthdate: June 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Drottningholm Palace

 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. 

 26 Malena Ernman

Malena Ernman.
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Famous As: Opera Singer
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.

 27 May Britt

May Britt.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lidingö

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.

 28 Puma Swede

Puma Swede
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Famous As: Adult Film Star
Birthdate: September 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 29 Mercedes Mason

Mercedes Mason.
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Famous As: Actress
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. 

 30 Taslima Nasrin

Taslima Nasrin
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mymensingh, Bangladesh

 31 Queen Silvia of Sweden

Queen Silvia of Sweden
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: December 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

 32 Lykke Li

Lykke Li
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ystad, Sweden

 33 Nina Persson

Nina Persson
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Örebro

 34 Victoria Silvstedt

Victoria Silvstedt
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skelleftehamn, Sweden

 35 Linn Berggren

Linn Berggren
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

 36 Gunilla Hutton

Gunilla Hutton.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg

Swedish-American actor Gunilla Hutton is best known for the series Petticoat Junction and Hee Haw. She was also in the news for her long-term extramarital relationship with singer Nat King Cole, which ended after Cole was diagnosed with cancer, but not before Hutton called up his wife to confront her.

 37 Simone Giertz

Simone Giertz
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Famous As: Inventor, YouTuber
Birthdate: November 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 38 Kelly Gale

Kelly Gale
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

 39 Pia Lindström

Pia Lindström
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 40 Bibi Andersson

Bibi Andersson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm

 41 Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 26, 1862
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karlberg Palace, 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.

 42 Maryam Zakaria

Maryam Zakaria
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Famous As: actor, model
Birthdate: September 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tehran

 43 Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland

Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland
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Birthdate: February 23, 2012
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karolinska University Hospital

 44 Annika Ljungberg

Annika Ljungberg
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 45 Linda Ulvaeus

Linda Ulvaeus
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: February 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vallentuna, Sweden

 46 Margaret I of Denmark

Margaret I of Denmark
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: March 15, 1353
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: October 28, 1412

 47 Ingrid of Sweden

Ingrid of Sweden
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: March 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 7, 2000

 48 Princess Margaret of Connaught

Princess Margaret of Connaught
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: January 15, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bagshot Park, Surrey, England
Died: May 1, 1920

 49 Viveca Lindfors

Viveca Lindfors
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: October 25, 1995

 50 Jennifer Åkerman

Jennifer Åkerman
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Famous As: Model, Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden