Famous Swedish Emperors & Kings

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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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Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1611 to 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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Charles XII of Sweden
(King of Sweden (1697 – 1718))
Charles XII of Sweden
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Birthdate: June 27, 1682
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 11, 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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Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
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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.

Sigismund III Vasa
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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.

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Gustav I of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1523 to 1560)
Gustav I of Sweden
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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.

Oscar I of Sweden
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Birthdate: July 4, 1799
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 8, 1859
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Gustav III of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1771 to 1792)
Gustav III of Sweden
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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.

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Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1950 to 1973)
Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
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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.

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Oscar II of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1872 to 1907)
Oscar II of Sweden
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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.
Christian II of Denmark
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Birthdate: July 1, 1481
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nyborg, Denmark
Died: January 25, 1559
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Charles XI of Sweden
(Former King of Sweden (1660 - 1697))
Charles XI of Sweden
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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.

Charles X Gustav of Sweden
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Birthdate: November 8, 1622
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nyköping Castle, Sweden
Died: February 13, 1660
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Eric of Pomerania
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Birthdate: 1382 AD
Birthplace: Pomerania, Poland
Died: September 24, 1459
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Gustaf V
(Former King of Sweden (1907 - 1950))
Gustaf V
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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.

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Christian I of Denmark
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Birthdate: 1426
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oldenburg, Germany
Died: May 21, 1481
Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden
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Birthdate: May 14, 1710
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gottorf Castle, Schleswig, Germany
Died: February 12, 1771
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Frederick I of Sweden
(King of Sweden)
Frederick I of Sweden
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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.

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Eric XIV of Sweden
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Birthdate: December 13, 1533
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm Palace, Stockholm
Died: February 26, 1577
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John III of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1569 until his death)
John III of Sweden
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Birthdate: December 20, 1537
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stegeborg Castle, Sweden
Died: November 17, 1592
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Charles XIV John of Sweden
(King of Sweden and Norway)
Charles XIV John of Sweden
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Birthdate: January 26, 1763
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pau, France
Died: March 8, 1844
Magnus IV of Sweden
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Birthdate: 1316 AD
Birthplace: Norway
Died: December 1, 1374
Charles XV of Sweden
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Birthdate: May 3, 1826
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: September 18, 1872
Charles XIII of Sweden
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Birthdate: October 7, 1748
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 5, 1818
Christopher of Bavaria
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Birthdate: February 26, 1416
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Died: January 6, 1448
Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland
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Birthdate: February 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 5, 1997
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Charles VIII of Sweden
(King of Sweden)
Charles VIII of Sweden
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Birthdate: October 5, 1409
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ekholmen Castle, Sweden
Died: May 15, 1470
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Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1792 until he in 1809 was deposed in a coup)
Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden
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Birthdate: November 1, 1778
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 7, 1837
Styrbjörn the Strong
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Birthplace: Sweden
Died: 0985 AD
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Birger, King of Sweden
(King of Sweden)
Birger, King of Sweden
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Birthdate: 1280 AD
Birthplace: Sweden
Died: May 31, 1321
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Valdemar, King of Sweden
(King of Sweden)
Valdemar, King of Sweden
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Birthdate: 1239 AD
Birthplace: Sweden
Died: December 26, 1302