Famous Swedish Spiritual & Religious Leaders

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Eric IX of Sweden
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Birthdate: 1120 AD
Birthplace: Västergötland
Died: May 18, 1160

Hailed as the Patron of Sweden, King Eric IX was a 12th century Swedish king and the founder of the House of Eric. Also known as Saint Eric or Eric the Holy, he has been credited with many good deeds, which includes introduction of salutary laws, helping the poor and curing the sick with his miraculous power etc.

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Olaus Magnus
(Writer)
Olaus Magnus
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Birthdate: 1490
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Skänninge, Sweden
Died: August 1, 1557

Officially the Archbishop of Uppsala, Olaus Magnus is remembered more as an established author and cartographer. Born Olof Månsson in southern Sweden, he spent the greater part of his life in exile, leaving behind several monumental works on Nordic countries including the History of the Northern People and Carta Marina, a map that is treasured even by modern oceanographers

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Nathan Söderblom
(Archbishop)
Nathan Söderblom
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Birthdate: January 15, 1866
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uppsala
Died: July 12, 1931

The Swedish Lutheran archbishop and theologian Nathan Söderblom is recognised as one of the key figures of the ecumenical movement of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1930 for his efforts to boost international understanding through church unity. He was also an author whose most significant work was Gudstrons uppkomst.

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Olaus Petri
(Clergyman)
Olaus Petri
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Birthdate: January 6, 1493
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Örebro, Sweden
Died: April 19, 1552

Swiss clergyman Olaus Petri played a major role in the modernization of the Swiss church, along with his brother, Laurentius, who was the first Evangelical Lutheran Archbishop of Sweden. He also contributed to texts such as the Swedish New Testament and his Chronicle, which are of major historical significance.

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Laurentius Petri
(Clergyman)
Laurentius Petri
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Birthdate: 1499 AD
Birthplace: Örebro, Sweden
Died: October 26, 1573

Swedish Lutheran clergyman Laurentius Petri scripted history as the first Evangelical Lutheran Archbishop of Sweden. He, along with his brother, Olaus Petri, reformed the Swedish church. He made a major contribution to the Swedish Bible of 1541 and made efforts to segregate the church from the crown.

Frans Mikael Franzén
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Birthdate: February 9, 1772
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oulu, Finland
Died: August 14, 1847

Finnish-Swedish poet Frans Mikael Franzén, who had been the Bishop of the Diocese of Härnösand, was also one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement in Sweden. Initially a professor of philosophy, he later reformed Swedish poetry, inspired by the likes of Shakespeare and Milton.