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List of the most popular authors from Sweden, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Swedish authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Swedish writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Emanuel Swedenborg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Arcana coelestia, An Account Of The Last Judgment And The Babylon Destroyed, The essential Swedenborg: basic teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg
Emanuel Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, theologian, revelator, and mystic. He is best known for his book on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell. Swedenborg had a prolific career as ...more

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August Strindberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Miss Julie, The Father, The Red Room
Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg's career spanned four ...more

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Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
A Project for the Theatre, Scenes from a marriage, Autumn Sonata
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer and producer who worked in film, television, and theatre. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time ...more

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Astrid Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Ronia the Robber's Daughter, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Cherry Time at Bullerby
Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren was a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. She is best known for children's book series featuring Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, and the Six Bullerby ...more

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Selma Lagerlöf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness!, Invisible Links, Jerusalem
Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf was a Swedish author. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and most widely known for her children's book Nils Holgerssons ...more

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Leonie Frieda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France
Leonie Frieda is the daughter of Swedish aristocrats, a former model, translator, and writer, working and living in the United Kingdom. Educated in the UK, France and Germany, Frieda speaks five ...more

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Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Ingrid Bergman, Late Nubian textiles
Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best ...more

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Henning Mankell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
One Step Behind, Sidetracked, The White Lioness
Henning Mankell is a Swedish crime writer, children's author and dramatist, best known for a series of mystery novels starring his most famous creation, Inspector Kurt Wallander.

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Lars Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Dekanen: Ur Spencer C. Spencers Efterlamnade Papper, Quarterly Review of Literature, Vol. 23
Lars Erik Einar Gustavsson is a Swedish poet, novelist and scholar. He was born in Västerås, completed his secondary education at the Västerås gymnasium and continued to ...more

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Sven Hedin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
A Conquest of Tibet, The wandering lake, Un pueblo en armas
Sven Anders Hedin, KNO1kl RVO, was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer, and illustrator of his own works. During four expeditions to Central Asia, he ...more

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Peter Weiss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Aesthetics of Resistance, Marat/Sade, Two plays: Song of the Lusitanian bogey
Peter Weiss was a writer, painter, graphic artist and filmmaker.

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Viveca Lindfors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Viveka... Viveca
Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors, better known under her professional name of Viveca Lindfors, was a Swedish stage and film actress.

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Per Olov Enquist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Visit of the Royal Physician, The magnetist's fifth winter, Lewi's Journey
Per Olov Enquist, better known as P. O. Enquist, is a Swedish author. He has worked as a journalist, playwright, and novelist. In the nineties, he gained international recognition with his novel ...more

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Ellen Key is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The woman movement, The younger generation, The renaissance of motherhood
Ellen Karolina Sofia Key was a Swedish difference feminist writer on many subjects in the fields of family life, ethics and education and was an important figure in the Modern Breakthrough ...more

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Sven Nykvist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Sven Vilhem Nykvist was a Swedish cinematographer. He worked on over 120 films, but is known especially for his work with director Ingmar Bergman. He won Academy Awards for his work on two ...more

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Jan Guillou is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Knight Templar, The Democratic Terrorist, The Road to Jerusalem
Jan Oskar Sverre Lucien Henri Guillou is a Swedish author and journalist. Among his books are a series of spy fiction novels about a spy named Carl Hamilton, and a trilogy of historical fiction ...more

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Mai Zetterling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Kristallslottet
Mai Elisabeth Zetterling was a Swedish actress and film director.

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Erland Josephson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
A story about Mr. Silberstein
Erland Josephson was a Swedish actor and author. He was best known by international audiences for his work in films directed by Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky and Theodoros Angelopoulos.

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Pär Lagerkvist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Marriage Feast, Barabbas, Kaos
Pär Fabian Lagerkvist was a Swedish author who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1951. Lagerkvist wrote poems, plays, novels, stories, and essays of considerable expressive power ...more

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Vilhelm Moberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Settlers, Unto a Good Land, The Emigrants
Karl Artur Vilhelm Moberg was a Swedish journalist, author, playwright, historian and debater. His literary career, spanning more than 45 years, is associated with his series The Emigrants of ...more

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Leif G. W. Persson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Linda - As in the Linda Murder, He Who Kills the Dragon, Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End
Leif Gustav Willy Persson is a Swedish criminologist and novelist. He was a professor in criminology at the Swedish National Police Board from 1992 to 2012. He is known for his crime fiction ...more

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Artur Lundkvist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Sett i det strömmande vattnet och hört i den viskande vinden, The talking tree, Agadir
Artur Lundkvist was a Swedish writer, poet and literary critic. He was a member of the Swedish Academy from 1968. He wrote around 80 books, and his works have been translated into some 30 ...more

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Yngwie Malmsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Malmsteen Yngwie Book/CD, The Best of Yngwie Malmsteen, Yngwie Malmsteen - Marching Out*
Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader. Malmsteen became known for his neo-classical playing style in heavy metal.

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Barbro Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The wild baby, Max Y El Coche/Sam's Car, L'auto de Tom
Barbro Lindgren is a Swedish writer of children's books. For her lasting contribution as a children's writer, Lindgren was a finalist for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen ...more

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Ivar Lo-Johansson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Vällustingarna, Lögnhalsarna, Oxgraven och andra statarnoveller
Ivar Lo-Johansson was writer and screenwriter.