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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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 1 Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malmö, 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 Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman.
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Listed In: Actresses
Famous As: Actresses
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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 3 Björn Borg

Björn Borg.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 4 Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus.
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Listed In: Scientists
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.

 5 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.

 6 Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg.
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Listed In: Activists
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.

 7 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.

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 8 Avicii

Avicii.
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Listed In: Musicians
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.

 9 Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 10 PewDiePie

PewDiePie.
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Listed In: YouTubers
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.
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 11 Alexander Skarsgård

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

 12 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.

 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 16 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.

 17 Malin Akerman

Malin Akerman.
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Listed In: Fashion
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.

 18 Max Martin

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

 19 Zara Larsson

Zara Larsson.
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Listed In: Singers
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.

 20 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.

 21 Dolph Lundgren

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

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.

 22 Agnetha Faltskog

Agnetha Faltskog.
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Listed In: Singers
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.

 23 Joel Kinnaman

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

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.

 24 Björn Ulvaeus

Björn Ulvaeus
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
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 25 Gustaf Skarsgard

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

 26 Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arbrå, Gävleborg County
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.

 27 Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind.
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Listed In: Singers
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. 

 28 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.

 29 Markus Persson

Markus Persson.
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Listed In: Engineers
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.

 30 Anni-Frid Lyngstad

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

 31 Tove Lo

Tove Lo.
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Listed In: Singers
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

 32 Valter Skarsgård

Valter Skarsgård.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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.

 33 Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova.
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Listed In: Fashion
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.

 34 Elin Nordegren

Elin Nordegren.
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Listed In: Fashion
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.

 35 Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

 36 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

 37 Hanna Alström

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

 38 Benny Andersson

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

 39 Yung Lean

Yung Lean.
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Listed In: Fashion
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.

 40 Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

 41 Ingvar Kamprad

Ingvar Kamprad.
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Listed In: Business People
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.

 42 Snoh Aalegra

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

 43 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.

 44 Stefan Edberg

Stefan Edberg.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Swedish Tennis Star
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. 

 45 Ulrika Jonsson

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

 46 Elsa hosk

Elsa hosk.
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Listed In: Fashion
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.

 47 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.

 48 Charles XII of Sweden

Charles XII of Sweden.
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Famous As: King of Sweden
Birthdate: June 17, 1682
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stadsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 30, 1718
Charles XII ruled Sweden as an absolute monarch for 18 years during the Great Northern War. He took over the throne at 15. Although appreciated for his effective legal and tax reforms, he is known to have led Sweden to immense destruction by participating in the 1707-1709 campaign against Russia.

 49 Ludwig Göransson

Ludwig Göransson
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Linköping, Östergötlands län, Sweden

 50 Raoul Wallenberg

Raoul Wallenberg.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.