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Sweden might be one of those countries with smallest number of denizens. But surprisingly, despite its miniscule population, it is one of the best countries in the planet and a world leader in so many things. That is so true! Sweden is not just the best place to grow old, third best country to be a mother and second best country for youths, but also the fifth happiest country, fourth best travel destination and the best English speaking country in the world. Not just that, it is also one of the first nations to put a ban on child smacking, give a 16-month long paternity leave and have an anti-discrimination legislation against the gay. And did we say it also boasts of the best healthcare in the world. With so many best things tipping the scales in its favor, Sweden stands as one of the most coveted countries in the world, all thanks to its compassionate, progressive nationals. Sweden owes its greatness to its talented pool of men and women who have worked hard to make the country what it is today. Learn all about the timeline, trivia, and facts about famous Swedish people in the biographies below.
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Zlatan Ibrahimović
(One of the Greatest Football Strikers of All Time)
Zlatan Ibrahimović
95
Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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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.

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Carl Linnaeus
(Botanist)
Carl Linnaeus
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Listed In: Scientists
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.

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Greta Garbo
(One of the Greatest Female Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Greta Garbo
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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.

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Alfred Nobel
(Chemist)
Alfred Nobel
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Listed In: Scientists
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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Avicii
(Swedish DJ & Remixer Known for His Single 'Levels')
Avicii
101
Listed In: Musicians
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.

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Björn Borg
(Swedish Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Björn Borg
29
Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Alicia Vikander
(Swedish Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Gerda Wegener’ in the Film ‘The Danish Girl’)
Alicia Vikander
57
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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PewDiePie
(Swedish YouTube Star Known for His 'Let's Play' Videos)
PewDiePie
42
Listed In: YouTubers
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.
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Greta Thunberg
(Swedish Environmental Activist Known for Challenging World Leaders to Take Action for Climate Change Mitigation)
Greta Thunberg
225
Listed In: Activists
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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Alexander Skarsgård
(Swedish Actor Known for His Role as 'Eric Northman' in the TV Series 'True Blood')
Alexander Skarsgård
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Birthdate: August 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Alexander Skarsgård is a Swedish actor best known for his portarayal of Perry Wright in the American drama television series Big Little Lies, which earned him a Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics' Choice Television Award. Alexander Skarsgård has also played important roles in popular films like Zoolander and Godzilla vs. Kong.

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Rebecca Ferguson
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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.

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Bill Skarsgard
(Best Known for His Role as 'Pennywise the Dancing Clown' in the 'It' Films)
Bill Skarsgard
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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.

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Ingmar Bergman
(One of the Most Talented and Influential Filmmakers of All Time)
Ingmar Bergman
22
Birthdate: July 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uppsala, Uppland, 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.

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Dolph Lundgren
(Starred in Rocky IV as The Imposing Soviet Boxer 'Ivan Drago')
Dolph Lundgren
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Stellan Skarsgård
(One of the Most Versatile and Influential Actors of His Generation)
Stellan Skarsgård
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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.

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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.

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Björn Ulvaeus
(Composer, Pop Singer and a Member of the Musical Group 'Abba')
Björn Ulvaeus
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Singer and songwriter Björn Ulvaeus is perhaps best known as a member of the ABBA, one of the most successful musical groups of all time. Equally famous as a co-composer and co-producer of several films and musicals, he is currently serving as the President of CISAC, trying to ensure that creators are fairly compensated and properly credited for their works.

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Björn Ironside
(Swedish King)
Björn Ironside
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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.

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Malin Akerman
(Actress & Model)
Malin Akerman
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Listed In: Fashion
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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Agnetha Faltskog
(Member of the Pop Group 'ABBA')
Agnetha Faltskog
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Listed In: Singers
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.
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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.

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Paulina Porizkova
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Listed In: Fashion
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.

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Zara Larsson
(Swedish Pop Singer Known for Her Singles: ‘Lush Life’, ‘Never Forget You’ and ‘Girls Like’)
Zara Larsson
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Listed In: Singers
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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Joel Kinnaman
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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.

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Max Martin
(Music Producer and Songwriter Known for His Hit Singles ‘As Long as You Love Me,’ ‘Baby One More Time’)
Max Martin
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Record producer and songwriter Karl Martin Sandberg, better known as Max Martin, has created many 90s’ masterpieces such as Baby One More Time by Britney Spears and I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys. He is also an 11-time winner of the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award.

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Peter Stormare
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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.
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Gustaf Skarsgard
(Film actor)
Gustaf Skarsgard
9
Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Gustaf Skarsgard is a Swedish actor best known for his association with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm where he has performed in many of Shakespeare’s, Söderberg’s and Chekhov's works. The son of popular actor Stellan Skarsgård, Gustaf has also played important roles in popular films like Evil, The Way Back, and Kon-Tiki.

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Markus Persson
(Swedish Video Game Programmer and Designer Known for Creating the Sandbox Video Game ‘Minecraft’)
Markus Persson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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.
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Jenny Lind
(One of the Most Highly Regarded Singers of the 19th Century)
Jenny Lind
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Listed In: Singers
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. 
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Tove Lo
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Raw, Grunge-Influenced Take on Pop Music)
Tove Lo
10
Listed In: Singers
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
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Yngwie Malmsteen
(World-Renowned Guitarist from Stockholm, Known for His Neoclassical Playing Style in Heavy Metal in the 1980s)
Yngwie Malmsteen
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

A Swedish electric guitarist/ neo-classical metal artist, Yngwie Johann Malmsteen rose to popularity in the 1980s and has, since then, released over 22 studio albums in his four decades of career till now. His solo debut album Rising Force, which won a nomination at the 1986 Grammy Awards, is regarded a significant release in the shred and neoclassical metal genres.

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Max von Sydow
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Birthdate: April 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lund, Sweden
Died: March 8, 2020

Max von Sydow was a Swedish actor and director. In an illustrious career spanning seven decades, Max contributed immensely to American and European cinema, theatre, and television. He appeared in 11 of Ingmar Bergman's films, including The Seventh Seal, which houses the iconic scene where Max's character challenges the personification of Death to a game of chess.

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Benny Andersson
(Musician)
Benny Andersson
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthplace: Vällingby, Stockholm, Sweden

Born into a family of accordion players, Benny Andersson grew up to become a member of the iconic Swedish band ABBA, known for legendary chartbusting tracks such as Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia. Even after ABBA disbanded, he continued working on projects such as the musical Chess.

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Dag Hammarskjöld
(Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61))
Dag Hammarskjöld
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
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.

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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.

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Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden
(King of Sweden (1611-1632))
Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden
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Birthdate: December 9, 1594
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 6, 1632

Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden reigned as the King of Sweden from 30 October 1611 until his death on 6 November 1632, at the age of 37. He is credited with transforming Sweden into a great European power. Considered one of the greatest modern military commanders, Gustavus Adolphus turned Sweden into one of Europe's primary military forces during the Thirty Years' War.

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Britt Ekland
(Actress whose major films include 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun and 1967's The Double Man)
Britt Ekland
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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.

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Henrik Larsson
(Football player)
Henrik Larsson
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden
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Tobias Forge
(Musician)
Tobias Forge
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linköping, Sweden
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Yung Lean
(Rapper, Songwriter, Fashion designer, Record Producer)
Yung Lean
14
Listed In: Fashion
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.
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Jwan Yosef
(Painter, Artist)
Jwan Yosef
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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.

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Hanna Alström
9
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
7
Listed In: Singers
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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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.
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Valter Skarsgård
(Swedish Actor and Youngest Son of Actor Stellan Skarsgård)
Valter Skarsgård
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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.
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Michael Nyqvist
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Kurt Hendricks’ in the Film ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’)
Michael Nyqvist
3
Birthdate: November 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 27, 2017
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist is best remembered as Daniel Daréus from the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film-nominated movie As It Is in Heaven. He also played significant roles in the series Beck and Millennium, and the film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He died of lung cancer at 56.
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MyAnna Buring
(Actress)
MyAnna Buring
5
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sundsvall, Sweden
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Ingvar Kamprad
(Founder of IKEA)
Ingvar Kamprad
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pjätteryd, Sweden
Died: January 27, 2018
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.
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Stieg Larsson
(Journalist)
Stieg Larsson
4
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.