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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
Ellen Key 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.

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Kerstin Ekman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Blackwater, The Forest of Hours, A City of Light Kerstin Lillemor Ekman, née Hjorth, is a Swedish novelist. Kerstin Ekman wrote a string of successful detective novels but later went on to psychological and social themes. Among her ...more

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Povel Ramel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Följ mej bakåt vägen, Povels Livs-stycken del 1, Lingonben Baron Povel Karl Henric Ramel was a Swedish entertainer. Ramel was a singer, pianist, vaudeville artist, author and a novelty song composer. His style was characterized by imaginative wit, both ...more

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Jan Myrdal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Jan Myrdal Bericht aus einem chinesischen Dorf, The silk road, I de svartare fanors tid Jan Myrdal is a Swedish author, leftist-political writer and columnist. He is an honorary doctor of literature at Upsala College in New Jersey, US, and a PhD at Nankai University in Tianjin in ...more

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Britt Ekland is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
True Britt, Sweet Life, Sensual beauty and how to achieve it Britt-Marie Eklund, better known as Britt Ekland, is a Swedish actress and singer, and a long-time resident of the United Kingdom. She appeared as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun, and ...more

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Claes Oldenburg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Bottle of Notes, A bottle of notes and some voyages, Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft sculpture ...more

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Stieg Larsson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, The Girl Who Played with Fire Karl Stig-Erland "Stieg" Larsson was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known for writing the "Millennium trilogy" of crime novels, which were published ...more

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Benny Andersson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Girl with the Golden Hair Göran Bror Benny Andersson, known professionally as Benny Andersson, is a Swedish musician, composer, former member of the Swedish musical group ABBA, and co-composer of the musicals Chess, ...more

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Gunnar Myrdal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
An American Dilemma, The Essential Gunnar Myrdal, Crisis in the Population Question Karl Gunnar Myrdal was a Swedish Nobel laureate economist, sociologist, and politician. In 1974, he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Friedrich Hayek for "their ...more

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Hans Alfredson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
En ond man Hans Folke "Hasse" Alfredson is a Swedish actor, film director, writer and comedian. He was born in Malmö, Sweden. He is known for his collaboration with Tage Danielsson. His most ...more

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Filip Hammar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Så tar du ut din lön i choklad, Två nötcreme och en Moviebox, Tårtgeneralen Filip Hammar is a Swedish writer, journalist and TV presenter.

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Allan Edwall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Doktor Glas Johan Allan Edwall was a Swedish actor, director, author, composer and singer, best-known outside Sweden for the small roles he played in some of Ingmar Bergman's films, such as Fanny and ...more

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Gunnar Ekelöf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Diwan on the Prince of Emgion, Selected poems, I do best alone at night Gunnar Ekelöf was a Swedish poet and writer. He was a member of the Swedish Academy from 1958. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy by Uppsala University in 1958. He won ...more

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Stig Dagerman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Stig Dagerman De dömdas ö, Le serpent, Vårt behov av tröst Stig Dagerman was a Swedish journalist and writer. He was one of the most prominent Swedish authors writing in the aftermath of WWII, but his existential texts transcend time and place and ...more

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Ulf Stark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Ulf Stark Meer in Sicht. Geschichten von Wellen, Wind und weiten Stränden, Als Papa mir das Weltall zeigte Ulf Stark is a writer.

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Björn Ulvaeus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Kristina från Duvemåla Björn Kristian Ulvaeus is a Swedish songwriter, producer, a former member of the Swedish musical group ABBA, and co-composer of the musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla, and ...more

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Ulf Lundell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Mer än hennes mun, Friheten, Vädermannen Ulf Lundell is a Swedish writer, poet, songwriter, composer, musician and artist. He made his debut in 1975 with the LP Vargmåne and was immediately hailed as "Sweden's Bob ...more

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Maria Gripe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Abrigo Verde, El, --och de vita skuggorna i skogen Maria Gripe, born Maja Stina Walter, was a Swedish author of books for children and young adults, often written in a magical and mystical tone. For her lasting contribution to children's ...more

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Bertil Malmberg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Ake and His World, Analisis del Lenguaje En El Siglo XX, La phonétique Bertil Frans Harald Malmberg was a Swedish author, poet, and actor. He was born in Härnösand to Teodor Malmberg and Hanna Roman. He died in Stockholm.

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Torgny Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The way of a serpent, In Praise of Truth, Till sanningens lov Gustav Torgny Lindgren is a Swedish writer. Lindgren is the son of Andreas Lindgren and Helga Björk. He studied in Umeå to become a teacher and worked as a teacher until the middle of ...more

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Marianne Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Simon and the Oaks, According to Mary Magdalene, Inge and Mira Marianne Fredriksson, née Persson was a Swedish author who worked and lived in Roslagen and Stockholm. Before becoming a novelist, she was a journalist for various Swedish newspapers and ...more

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Carl Bildt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Peace journey Nils Daniel Carl Bildt is a Swedish politician and diplomat who was Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994. He was the leader of the liberal conservative Moderate Party from 1986 to 1999. ...more

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Maj Sjöwall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Abominable Man, The Man on the Balcony, The Man Who Went Up in Smoke Maj Sjöwall is a Swedish author and translator. She is best known for the collaborative work with her partner Per Wahlöö on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin ...more

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Evert Taube is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Sjösalaboken, Jag kommer av ett brusand' hav, Calle Schewens vals Evert Taube; was a Swedish author, artist, composer and singer. He is widely regarded as one of Sweden's most respected musicians and the foremost troubadour of the Swedish ballad tradition in ...more

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Per Wahlöö is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Abominable Man, The Man on the Balcony, The Man Who Went Up in Smoke Per Fredrik Wahlöö - in English translations often identified as Peter Wahloo - was a Swedish author. He is perhaps best known for the collaborative work with his partner Maj ...more

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Tomas Tranströmer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Baltics, The Sorrow Gondola, Fängelse Tomas Gösta Tranströmer was a Swedish poet, psychologist and translator. His poems captured the long Swedish winters, the rhythm of the seasons and the palpable, atmospheric beauty of ...more