Famous Swedish Emperors & Kings

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 1 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.

 2 Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden

Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden (1611-1632)
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.

 3 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.
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 4 Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
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Famous As: Monarch of Sweden (Since 1973)
Birthdate: April 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden

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

 5 Sigismund III Vasa

Sigismund III Vasa
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: June 20, 1566
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gripsholm Castle
Died: April 30, 1632

Sigismund III Vasa was the elder son of Swedish king John III Vasa. As the king of Poland and Sweden, he not only enjoyed prosperity but also tried to unite the two states, although he ended up creating conflicts between them. His lust for power also resulted in the Zebrzydowski Rebellion.

 6 Gustav I of Sweden

Gustav I of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden (1523-60)
Birthdate: May 12, 1496
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uppland, Sweden
Died: September 29, 1560

Gustav I of Sweden reigned as the king of Sweden from 1523 to 1560. Gustav was an energetic administrator who worked tirelessly to bring about a reformation in Sweden. He is credited with replacing medieval Sweden's elective monarchy with a hereditary monarchy, thus helping three of his sons become the rulers of Sweden at different points in history.

 7 Oscar I of Sweden

Oscar I of Sweden
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: July 4, 1799
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 8, 1859
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 8 Gustav III of Sweden

Gustav III of Sweden
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Famous As: Monarch of Sweden (1771-92)
Birthdate: January 24, 1746
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: March 29, 1792

Gustav III of Sweden, the eldest son of Adolf Fredrik, was a man of culture and a symbol of the Swedish Enlightenment. He is remembered for regaining control over the Swedish parliament and for introducing reforms such as free trade. He was assassinated at a masked ball.

 9 Oscar II of Sweden

Oscar II of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden (1872-1907)
Birthdate: January 21, 1829
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stadsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 8, 1907
Oscar II ruled as the king of both Sweden and Norway., His reign witnessed the dissolution of the union between the two countries in 1905. A lover of literature and the arts, he had penned several books and had also built the world’s first open-air museum, near Oslo.

 10 Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden

Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
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Famous As: Monarch of Sweden (1950-73)
Birthdate: November 11, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: September 15, 1973

Gustaf VI Adolf reigned as the king of Sweden from 1950 until his death in 1973. He is best remembered for approving the constitutional changes that removed the monarchy's last nominal political powers. He was also an amateur archaeologist and was interested in the cultures of Ancient Italy.

 11 Christian II of Denmark

Christian II of Denmark
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: July 1, 1481
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nyborg, Denmark
Died: January 25, 1559

 12 Charles XI of Sweden

Charles XI of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden (1660-1697)
Birthdate: November 24, 1655
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tre Kronor, Sweden
Died: April 5, 1697

Charles XI of Sweden reigned as the king of Sweden from 1660 to 1697. He is credited with correcting Sweden's economic, political, and financial situation, which was largely neglected at that time. Widely regarded as the greatest king in Swedish history, Charles XI is credited with shaping Sweden through major reforms.

 13 Eric of Pomerania

Eric of Pomerania
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1382 AD
Birthplace: Pomerania, Poland
Died: September 24, 1459

 14 Christian I of Denmark

Christian I of Denmark
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: January 31, 1426
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oldenburg, Germany
Died: May 21, 1481

 15 Charles X Gustav of Sweden

Charles X Gustav of Sweden
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: November 8, 1622
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nyköping Castle, Sweden
Died: February 13, 1660

 16 Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden

Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: May 14, 1710
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gottorf Castle, Schleswig, Germany
Died: February 12, 1771

 17 Frederick I of Sweden

Frederick I of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden
Birthdate: April 28, 1676
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kassel, Germany
Died: April 5, 1751

Frederick I of Sweden reigned as the King of Sweden from 24 March 1720 until his death on 5 April 1751. His reign is seen largely as unsuccessful as Frederick lost interest in state affairs after the first few years as the king and chose instead to focus on hunting and love affairs. Frederick I was succeeded by William VIII.

 18 Gustaf V of Sweden

Gustaf V of Sweden
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: June 16, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: October 29, 1950

Swedish king Gustaf V was the eldest son of King Oscar II. His motto was “With the people for the Fatherland.” Post-World War I, he became a mere constitutional monarch, as the parliamentary government came into full-fledged effect. He was also the first Swedish king to not have a formal coronation.

 19 John III of Sweden

John III of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden from 1569 until his death
Birthdate: December 20, 1537
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stegeborg Castle, Sweden
Died: November 17, 1592

 20 Eric XIV of Sweden

Eric XIV of Sweden
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: December 13, 1533
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm Palace, Stockholm
Died: February 26, 1577

 21 Magnus IV of Sweden

Magnus IV of Sweden
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1316 AD
Birthplace: Norway
Died: December 1, 1374

 22 Charles XIV John of Sweden

Charles XIV John of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden and Norway
Birthdate: January 26, 1763
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pau, France
Died: March 8, 1844

 23 Charles XV of Sweden

Charles XV of Sweden
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: May 3, 1826
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: September 18, 1872

 24 Charles XIII of Sweden

Charles XIII of Sweden
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: October 7, 1748
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 5, 1818

 25 Christopher of Bavaria

Christopher of Bavaria
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: February 26, 1416
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Died: January 6, 1448

 26 Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland

Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: February 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 5, 1997

 27 Charles VIII of Sweden

Charles VIII of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden
Birthdate: October 5, 1409
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ekholmen Castle, Sweden
Died: May 15, 1470

 28 Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden

Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden from 1792 until he in 1809 was deposed in a coup
Birthdate: November 1, 1778
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 7, 1837

 29 Styrbjörn the Strong

Styrbjörn the Strong
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sweden
Died: 0985 AD

 30 Birger, King of Sweden

Birger, King of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden
Birthdate: 1280 AD
Birthplace: Sweden
Died: May 31, 1321

 31 Valdemar, King of Sweden

Valdemar, King of Sweden
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Famous As: King of Sweden
Birthdate: 1239 AD
Birthplace: Sweden
Died: December 26, 1302