Famous Authors from Sweden

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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

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Birthdate: 1688-01-29

Nationality: Sweden

Emanuel Swedenborg (; Swedish pronunciation ; born Emanuel Swedberg; 29 January 1688 – 29 March 1772) was a Swedish pluralistic-Christian theologian, scientist, philosopher and mystic. He is ...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

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Birthdate: 1849-01-22

Nationality: Sweden

Johan August Strindberg (; Swedish: [ˈoːɡɵst ²strɪnːdbærj] (listen); 22 January 1849 – 14 May 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer ...more

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The Best August Strindberg Quotes #194 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time #1,016 of 2,444 The Most Influential People of All Time

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

Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

Birthdate: 1918-07-14

Nationality: Sweden

Ernst Ingmar Bergman (14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and producer who worked in film, television, theatre and radio. Considered to be among the most accomplished ...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

Birthplace: Vimmerby, Sweden

Birthdate: 1907-11-14

Nationality: Sweden

Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren (Swedish: [ˈasːtrɪd ˈlɪŋːɡreːn] (listen); née Ericsson; 14 November 1907 – 28 January 2002) was a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. She is best known ...more
Selma Lagerlöf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness!, Invisible Links, Jerusalem

Birthplace: Mårbacka

Birthdate: 1858-11-20

Nationality: Sweden

Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (, also US: , Swedish: [²sɛlːma ²lɑːɡɛˌɭøːv] (listen); 20 November 1858 – 16 March 1940) was a Swedish author and teacher. She published her ...more
Leonie Frieda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France

Birthplace: Europe, Sweden, Eurasia

Birthdate: 1956

Nationality: Sweden

Leonie Frieda (born 1956) 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 ...more
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Ingrid Bergman, Late Nubian textiles

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Birthdate: 1915-08-29

Nationality: Sweden

Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films, television movies and plays. She won many accolades, including ...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

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Birthdate: 1948

Nationality: Sweden

Henning Georg Mankell (Swedish pronunciation: [²hɛnːɪŋ ˈmaŋːkɛl]; 3 February 1948 – 5 October 2015) was a Swedish crime writer, children's author, and dramatist, best known for a series of ...more
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

Birthplace: Västerås, Sweden

Birthdate: 1936-05-17

Nationality: Sweden

Lars Erik Einar Gustavsson (17 May 1936 – 3 April 2016) was a Swedish poet, novelist, and scholar.
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

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Birthdate: 1865-02-19

Nationality: Sweden

Sven Anders Hedin, KNO1kl RVO, (19 February 1865 – 26 November 1952) was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer, and illustrator of his own works. During four ...more
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

Birthplace: Babelsberg, Eurasia, Germany

Birthdate: 1916

Nationality: Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany

Peter Ulrich Weiss (8 November 1916 – 10 May 1982) was a German writer, painter, graphic artist, and experimental filmmaker of adopted Swedish nationality. He is particularly known for his plays ...more
Viveca Lindfors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Viveka... Viveca

Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden, Eurasia

Birthdate: 1920-12-29

Nationality: Sweden, United States of America

Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors (29 December 1920 – 25 October 1995) was a Swedish-born American stage and film actress, and singer.
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

Birthplace: Skellefteå, Sweden

Birthdate: 1934

Nationality: Sweden

Per Olov Enquist, better known as P. O. Enquist, (born 23 September 1934) is a Swedish author. He has worked as a journalist, playwright, and novelist. In the 1990s, he gained international ...more
Ellen Key is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The woman movement, The younger generation, The renaissance of motherhood

Birthplace: Sweden, Eurasia, Kalmar County, Västervik Municipality, Euroregion Baltic, + more

Birthdate: 1849

Nationality: Sweden

Ellen Karolina Sofia Key (Swedish: [ˈkeɪ]; 11 December 1849 – 25 April 1926) was a Swedish difference feminist writer on many subjects in the fields of family life, ethics and education and was ...more
Sven Nykvist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden

Birthplace: Moheda, Sweden

Birthdate: 1922-12-03

Nationality: Sweden

Sven Vilhem Nykvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈsvɛnː ˈvɪlːhɛlm ²nyːkvɪst]) (3 December 1922 – 20 September 2006) was a Swedish cinematographer. He worked on over 120 films, but is known ...more
Jan Guillou is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Knight Templar, The Democratic Terrorist, The Road to Jerusalem

Birthplace: Södertälje, Sweden

Birthdate: 1944-01-17

Nationality: Sweden, France, Norway

Jan Oskar Sverre Lucien Henri Guillou (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjɑːn ɡɪˈjuː], French: [ɡiju]; born 17 January 1944) is a French-Swedish author and journalist. Among his books are a series of spy ...more
Mai Zetterling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden

Birthplace: Västerås, Sweden

Birthdate: 1925-05-24

Nationality: Sweden

Mai Elisabeth Zetterling (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈmajː ²sɛtːɛˌɭɪŋ]; 24 May 1925 - 17 March 1994) was a Swedish actress and film director.
Erland Josephson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
A story about Mr. Silberstein

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Birthdate: 1923

Nationality: Sweden

Erland Josephson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈæːɭand ²juːsɛfˌsɔn]; 15 June 1923 – 25 February 2012) was a Swedish actor and author. He was best known by international audiences for his ...more
Pär Lagerkvist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Marriage Feast, Barabbas, Kaos

Birthplace: Växjö, Sweden

Birthdate: 1891

Nationality: Sweden

Pär Fabian Lagerkvist (23 May 1891 – 11 July 1974) was a Swedish author who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1951. Lagerkvist wrote poems, plays, novels, stories, and essays of ...more
Vilhelm Moberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
The Settlers, Unto a Good Land, The Emigrants

Birthplace: Algutsboda, Sweden

Birthdate: 1898

Nationality: Sweden

Karl Artur Vilhelm Moberg (20 August 1898 – 8 August 1973) was a Swedish journalist, author, playwright, historian, and debater. His literary career, spanning more than 45 years, is associated ...more
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

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Birthdate: 1945-03-12

Nationality: Sweden

Leif Gustav Willy Persson (born 12 March 1945) is a Swedish criminologist and novelist. Persson has four children, one of whom, Malin Persson Giolito, is also a crime writer.
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

Birthplace: Perstorp Municipality, Sweden

Birthdate: 1906-03-03

Nationality: Sweden

Nils Artur Lundkvist (3 March 1906 in Perstorp Municipality, Skåne County – 11 December 1991 in Solna, Stockholm County) was a Swedish writer, poet and literary critic. He was a member of ...more
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*

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Birthdate: 1963-06-30

Nationality: Sweden

Yngwie Johan Malmsteen (; born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck; 30 June 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader. Malmsteen first became known in the 1980s for his neoclassical ...more

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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

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Birthdate: 1937

Nationality: Sweden

Barbro Lindgren (born 18 March 1937) is a Swedish writer of children's books and books for adult readers. For her lasting contribution as a children's writer, Lindgren was a finalist for the ...more
Ivar Lo-Johansson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Sweden
Vällustingarna, Lögnhalsarna, Oxgraven och andra statarnoveller

Birthplace: Ösmo, Sweden

Birthdate: 1901-02-23

Nationality: Sweden

Ivar Lo-Johansson (23 February 1901 – 11 April 1990) was a Swedish writer of the proletarian school. His autobiographical 1979 memoir, Pubertet (Puberty), won the Nordic Council's Literature ...more