Famous Swedish Writers

Find out more about the greatest Swedish Writers, including Henning Mankell, Britt Ekland, Astrid Lindgren, August Strindberg and Fredrik Eklund.

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 1 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

 2 Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson
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Famous As: Swedish Journalist & Writer
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.

 3 Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vimmerby, Sweden
Died: January 28, 2002

Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer remembered for authoring children's book series and children's fantasy novels. In 1967, the Astrid Lindgren Prize was established in her honor. Lindgren was honored with the Right Livelihood Award in 1994 for her work as a children's writer. In 2017, it was revealed that Lindgren is the 18th most translated author in the world. 

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 4 Fredrik Eklund

Fredrik Eklund
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Famous As: Real estate broker
Birthdate: April 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akalla, Stockholm, Sweden
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 5 Svante Thunberg

Svante Thunberg
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boo, Sweden

Svante Thunberg is a Swedish actor, producer, and writer. He is married to opera singer Malena Ernman and has two daughters, Greta and Beata. Greta is a prominent climate activist, who first rose to worldwide prominence when she initiated the school strike for climate. Svante accompanies his daughter on her sailing expeditions to UN climate summits. 

 6 August Strindberg

August Strindberg
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Famous As: Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Birthdate: January 22, 1849
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 14, 1912

August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, painter, essayist, novelist, and poet. He wrote over 30 works of fiction and more than 60 plays in an illustrious career that spanned 40 years. Widely regarded as the father of modern Swedish literature, Strindberg is best remembered for his work The Red Room, which is considered the first modern Swedish novel.

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 7 Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell
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Famous As: Writer, Playwright, Children's writer, Crime writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm
Died: October 5, 2015
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 8 Mai Zetterling

Mai Zetterling
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Västerås, Sweden
Died: March 17, 1994

 9 Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brännkyrka, Stockholm, Sweden

 10 Camilla Lackberg

Camilla Lackberg
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fjallbacka, Vastra Gotaland County, Sweden

 11 Selma Lagerlöf

Selma Lagerlöf
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mårbacka, Sweden
Died: March 16, 1940

 12 David Lagercrantz

David Lagercrantz
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden

 13 Jöns Jacob Berzelius

Jöns Jacob Berzelius
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Famous As: Chemist, Non-fiction writer, University teacher
Birthdate: August 20, 1779
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Östergötland
Died: August 7, 1848

 14 Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Writer, Blogger, Television presenter
Birthdate: July 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halmstad

 15 Gunilla von Post

Gunilla von Post
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: October 14, 2011

 16 Daniel Lundh

Daniel Lundh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Malmö, Sweden

 17 Ingrid von Rosen

Ingrid von Rosen
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Famous As: Diarist
Birthdate: January 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm
Died: May 20, 1995

 18 Eva Gabrielsson

Eva Gabrielsson
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Famous As: Architect, Writer
Birthdate: November 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lövånger, Sweden

 19 Jonas Jonasson

Jonas Jonasson
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: July 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Växjö, Sweden

 20 John Ajvide Lindqvist

John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm

 21 Jonas Karlsson

Jonas Karlsson
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Famous As: Actor, Author
Birthdate: March 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salem, Sweden

 22 Lena Anderson

Lena Anderson
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Famous As: Illustrator, Writer
Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 23 Erland Josephson

Erland Josephson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 25, 2012

 24 Hans Rosenfeldt

Hans Rosenfeldt
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Borås, Sweden

 25 Tomas Tranströmer

Tomas Tranströmer
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Famous As: Poet, Translator, Psychologist
Birthdate: April 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: March 26, 2015

Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer was raised by his mother after his parents split. He initially worked as a psychologist. Known for books such as 17 dikter, he specialized in modernist imagery and metaphors. A skilled pianist, he played with his left hand after his right side was paralyzed.

 26 Leif G. W. Persson

Leif G. W. Persson
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Famous As: Criminologist, Writer
Birthdate: March 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm

 27 Linda Bostrom Knausgard

Linda Bostrom Knausgard
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sweden

 28 Signe Hasso

Signe Hasso
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 7, 2002

 29 Bror von Blixen-Finecke

Bror von Blixen-Finecke
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Famous As: Writer, Military personnel
Birthdate: July 25, 1886
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Scania
Died: March 4, 1946

 30 Håkan Nesser

Håkan Nesser
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kumla

 31 Asa Larsson

Asa Larsson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

 32 Pär Lagerkvist

Pär Lagerkvist
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Växjö, Sweden
Died: July 11, 1974

 33 Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Sodermanland

Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Sodermanland
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 17, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tullgarn Palace, Trosa, Sweden
Died: June 5, 1965

 34 Sven Wollter

Sven Wollter
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: November 10, 2020

 35 Jan Arnald

Jan Arnald
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: January 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sollentuna Municipality

 36 Jan Guillou

Jan Guillou
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Autobiographer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Södertälje

 37 Karin Boye

Karin Boye
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Novelist, Literary critic, Translator, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: October 26, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gothenburg
Died: April 24, 1941

 38 Evert Taube

Evert Taube
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 12, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: January 31, 1976

 39 Harry Martinson

Harry Martinson
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: May 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jämshög
Died: February 11, 1978

 40 Ellen Key

Ellen Key
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 11, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sundsholm, Sweden
Died: April 25, 1926

 41 Olaus Magnus

Olaus Magnus
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 30, 1490
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Skänninge, Sweden
Died: August 1, 1557

 42 Maj Sjowall

Maj Sjowall
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 29, 2020

 43 Stig Larsson

Stig Larsson
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Famous As: Writer Director
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Skellefteå, Sweden

 44 Lukas Moodysson

Lukas Moodysson
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Famous As: Film director, Poet, Writer, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Director
Birthdate: January 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lund

 45 Sigge Eklund

Sigge Eklund
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 46 Liza Marklund

Liza Marklund
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: September 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Piteå

 47 Thomas Karlsson

Thomas Karlsson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Sweden

 48 Vilhelm Moberg

Vilhelm Moberg
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 20, 1898
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Algutsboda, Sweden
Died: August 8, 1973

 49 Per-Olov Enquist

Per-Olov Enquist
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Famous As: Swedish writer
Birthdate: September 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hjoggböle, Sweden

 50 Carl Peter Thunberg

Carl Peter Thunberg
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: November 11, 1743
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
Died: August 8, 1828