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List of famous writers from Sweden, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Sweden is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Swedish writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Sweden and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Carolina Gynning and Marie-Louise Ekman are included on this list along with many more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Swedish writers?" and "Which writers are from Sweden?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Sweden in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Sweden, but they're all of Sweden descent.

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Stieg Larsson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 50 (1954-2004) 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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Henning Mankell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 70 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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August Strindberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 63 (1849-1912) 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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Håkan Nesser is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 68 Håkan Nesser is a Swedish author and teacher who has written a number of successful novels, mostly crime fiction. He has won Best Swedish Crime Novel Award three times, and his novel ...more

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Åke Edwardson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 65 Åke Edwardson is a Swedish author of detective fiction, and was previously a lecturer in journalism at Gothenburg University, the city where many of his Inspector Winter novels are set. ...more

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Vilhelm Moberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 75 (1898-1973) 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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John Ajvide Lindqvist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 50 John Ajvide Lindqvist is a Swedish writer, mostly of horror novels and short stories.

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Emanuel Swedenborg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 84 (1688-1772) 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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Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 89 (1918-2007) 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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Peter Weiss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 66 (1916-1982) Peter Weiss was a writer, painter, graphic artist and filmmaker.

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Jan Guillou is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 74 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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Pär Lagerkvist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 83 (1891-1974) 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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Tomas Tranströmer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 87 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

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Astrid Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 95 (1907-2002) 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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Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 67 (1915-1982) 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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Stellan Skarsgård is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 67 Stellan John Skarsgård, is a Swedish actor. He is known for his roles as Jan Nyman in Breaking the Waves, Prof. Gerald Lambeau in Good Will Hunting, Bootstrap Bill in Pirates of the ...more

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Peter Stormare is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 65 Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm, known professionally as Peter Stormare, is a Swedish actor, voice actor, theatre director, playwright, and musician. He is probably best known in the United States for ...more

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Victor Sjöström is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 81 (1879-1960) Victor David Sjöström was a Swedish film director, screenwriter and actor. He began his career in Sweden, before moving to Hollywood in 1924. Sjöström worked primarily in the ...more

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Viveca Lindfors is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 75 (1920-1995) Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors, better known under her professional name of Viveca Lindfors, was a Swedish stage and film actress.

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Alexander Skarsgård is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 42 Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård is a Swedish actor. He is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Meekus in Zoolander and Brad Colbert. He is the ...more

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Mai Zetterling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 69 (1925-1994) Mai Elisabeth Zetterling was a Swedish actress and film director.

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Sven Nykvist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 84 (1922-2006) 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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Britt Ekland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 76 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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Lasse Hallström is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 72 Lars Sven "Lasse" Hallström is a Swedish film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for My Life as a Dog and later for The Cider House

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Erland Josephson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 89 (1923-2012) 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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Per Olov Enquist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 84 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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Lars Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 82 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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Bo Widerberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 67 (1930-1997) Bo Widerberg, was a Swedish film director, writer, editor and actor. He was born Bo Gunnar Widerberg in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden. He died in Ängelholm, Skåne län, ...more

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Benny Andersson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 72 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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Pernilla August is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 60 Pernilla August is a Swedish actress, director and screenwriter. Being one of Sweden's leading actresses and a longtime collaborator with director Ingmar Bergman, she won the Best Actress Award ...more

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Jan Troell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 87 Jan Gustaf Troell is a Swedish film director. Usually, Troell writes his own scripts and serves as his own director of photography. His realistic films, with a lyrical photography in which ...more

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Tomas Alfredson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 53 Tomas Alfredson is a Swedish film director, best known internationally for directing the 2008 vampire film Let the Right One In and 2011 espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Alfredson has ...more

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Kjell Sundvall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 65 Kjell Gösta Sundvall is a Swedish director/producer. Sundvall has directed a series of films about the police officer Martin Beck.

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Hans Alfredson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 87 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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Kjell Bergqvist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 65 Kjell Bergqvist is a Swedish actor. In his acting, Bergqvist often plays ignorant and very mean characters. Bergqvist finished Dramatens elevskola in 1973 and made his debut in En enkel melodi ...more

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Taslima Nasrin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 56 Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi author and former physician who has lived in exile since 1994. From a literary profile as a poet in the late 1980s, she rose to global fame by the end of the 20th ...more

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Irina Björklund is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 45 Irina Felicia Björklund is a Finland-Swedish actress and singer.

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Harald Hamrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 58 Ivar Olof Harald Hamrell is a Swedish actor, film director and screenwriter.

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Björn Ulvaeus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 73 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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Selma Lagerlöf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 82 (1858-1940) 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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Carl Bildt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 69 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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Allan Edwall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 73 (1924-1997) 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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Artur Lundkvist is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 85 (1906-1991) 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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Lukas Moodysson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 49 Karl Frederik Lukas Moodysson is a Swedish novelist, short story writer and film director. First appearing in public as an ambitious poet in the 1980s, he had his big public, and international, ...more

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Gunnar Myrdal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 89 (1898-1987) 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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Barbro Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 81 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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Sven Hedin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Died at 87 (1865-1952) 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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Josef Fares is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 41 Josef Fares is a Crystal-Simorgh winning Swedish film director of Lebanese Assyrian origin. His brother is the actor Fares Fares, who has appeared in many of his films. Josef Fares moved to ...more

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Claes Oldenburg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 89 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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Kerstin Ekman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
age 85 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