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Famous Writers from Sweden

Updated June 8, 2017 14.5k views465 items

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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  • 1
    Stieg Larsson

    Stieg Larsson

    Dec. at 50 (1954-2004)

    BirthplaceSkelleftehamn, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, The Girl Who Played with Fire, Sverigedemokraterna från insidan, Extremhögern

    Karl Stig-Erland "Stieg" Larsson (; Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkɑːɭ ˈstiːɡ ˈæːɭand ˈlɑːʂɔn]; 15... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Henning Mankell

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksThe Dogs of Riga, Before the Frost, The Return of the Dancing Master, Sidetracked, Faceless Killers: A Mystery

    Henning Georg Mankell (Swedish pronunciation: [²hɛnːɪŋ ˈmaŋːkɛl]; 3 February 1948 – 5 October... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    August Strindberg

    August Strindberg

    Dec. at 63 (1849-1912)

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksThe Red Room, By the open sea, Till Damaskus, Inferno, Ghosts: A Family Drama in Three Acts and Miss Julia

    Johan August Strindberg (; Swedish: [ˈoːɡɵst ²strɪnːdbærj] (listen); 22 January 1849 – 14 May... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Håkan Nesser

    BirthplaceKumla, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksWoman with Birthmark, The Mind's Eye, Borkmann's Point, The Return, Der Kommissar und das Schweigen

    Håkan Nesser (born 21 February 1950) is a Swedish author and teacher who has written a number... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Åke Edwardson

    BirthplaceEksjö, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksSun and Shadow, Frozen Tracks, Never End, Till Allt SOM Varit Dott, Danse avec l'ange

    Åke Edwardson (born 10 March 1953 in Eksjö, Småland) is a Swedish author of detective fiction,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Vilhelm Moberg

    Vilhelm Moberg

    Dec. at 75 (1898-1973)

    BirthplaceAlgutsboda, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksThe Judge, The Last Letter Home, The Settlers, The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land

    Karl Artur Vilhelm Moberg (20 August 1898 – 8 August 1973) was a Swedish journalist, author,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    John Ajvide Lindqvist

    BirthplaceBlackeberg, Stockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksLet the Right One In, Let Me In, Let the Right One In, Handling the Undead, Harbour

    John Ajvide Lindqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [jɔn ˈajˌvidɛ ˈlɪŋˌkvɪst]; born 2 December 1968... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Emanuel Swedenborg

    Emanuel Swedenborg

    Dec. at 84 (1688-1772)

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksArcana coelestia, The doctrine of the New Jerusalem concerning the Lord, The essential Swedenborg: basic teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, scientist, philosopher

    Emanuel Swedenborg (; Swedish pronunciation ; born Emanuel Swedberg; 29 January 1688 – 29... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Ingmar Bergman

    Ingmar Bergman

    Dec. at 89 (1918-2007)

    BirthplaceUppsala, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksThe Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers

    Ernst Ingmar Bergman (14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Peter Weiss

    Peter Weiss

    Dec. at 66 (1916-1982)

    BirthplaceBabelsberg, Eurasia, Germany

    NationalitySweden, Czech Republic, Germany

    WorksThe Aesthetics of Resistance, Leavetaking, Trotzki im Exil, Die Situation, Notizbu cher

    Peter Ulrich Weiss (8 November 1916 – 10 May 1982) was a German writer, painter, graphic... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Jan Guillou

    BirthplaceSödertälje, Sweden

    NationalitySweden, France, Norway

    WorksCarl Hamilton novels, The Road to Jerusalem, The Knight Templar, The Democratic Terrorist, Evil

    Jan Oskar Sverre Lucien Henri Guillou (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjɑːn ɡɪˈjuː], French: [ɡiju];... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Pär Lagerkvist

    Pär Lagerkvist

    Dec. at 83 (1891-1974)

    BirthplaceVäxjö, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksDramatik, Ahasverus död, Il pino, Barabbas, Lagrkvst the Holy Land

    Pär Fabian Lagerkvist (23 May 1891 – 11 July 1974) was a Swedish author who received the Nobel... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Tomas Tranströmer

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksFängelse, The Sorrow Gondola, Baltics, For the Living and the Dead, Minnena ser mig

    Tomas Gösta Tranströmer (Swedish: [ˈtʊmːas ²jœsːta ²trɑːnˌstrœmːɛr]; 15 April 1931 – 26 March... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Astrid Lindgren

    Astrid Lindgren

    Dec. at 95 (1907-2002)

    BirthplaceVimmerby, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksRonia, the Robber's Daughter, Pippi Longstocking, The Brothers Lionheart, Karlsson-on-the-Roof

    Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren (Swedish: [ˈasːtrɪd ˈlɪŋːɡreːn] (listen); née Ericsson; 14... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Ingrid Bergman

    Ingrid Bergman

    Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksIngrid Bergman, Late Nubian textiles

    Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Stellan Skarsgård

    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksJim and the Pirates

    Stellan John Skarsgård (; born 13 June 1951) is a Swedish actor. He is known for his roles as... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Peter Stormare

    BirthplaceKumla, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Peter Rolf Ingvar Storm (born 27 August 1953), known professionally as Peter Stormare (Swedish... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Victor Sjöström

    Victor Sjöström

    Dec. at 81 (1879-1960)

    BirthplaceÅrjäng Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksThe Phantom Carriage, The Outlaw and His Wife, A Man There Was, Ingeborg Holm, Sons of Ingmar

    Victor David Sjöström (Swedish: [ˈvɪkːtɔr ²ɧøːstrœm] (listen); in the United States sometimes... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Viveca Lindfors

    Viveca Lindfors

    Dec. at 75 (1920-1995)

    BirthplaceUppsala, Sweden, Eurasia

    NationalitySweden, United States of America

    WorksViveka... Viveca

    Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors (29 December 1920 – 25 October 1995) was a Swedish-born... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Alexander Skarsgård

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksTo Kill a Child

    Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård (born 25 August 1976) is a Swedish actor. He is best known... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Mai Zetterling

    Mai Zetterling

    Dec. at 69 (1925-1994)

    BirthplaceVästerås, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksAmorosa, The Girls, Night Games, Loving Couples, Kristallslottet

    Mai Elisabeth Zetterling (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈmajː ²sɛtːɛˌɭɪŋ]; 24 May 1925 - 17 March... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Sven Nykvist

    Sven Nykvist

    Dec. at 84 (1922-2006)

    BirthplaceMoheda, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksThe Ox

    Sven Vilhem Nykvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈsvɛnː ˈvɪlːhɛlm ²nyːkvɪst]) (3 December 1922 –... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Britt Ekland

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksTrue Britt, Sweet Life, Sensual beauty and how to achieve it

    Britt Ekland (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈbrɪtː ˈeːkland] (listen); born Britt-Marie Eklund; 6... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Lasse Hallström

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksMy Life as a Dog, ABBA - The Movie, Tuppen, Father to Be, A Guy and a Gal

    Lars Sven "Lasse" Hallström (Swedish: [²lasːɛ ²halːstrœm]; born 2 June 1946) is a Swedish film... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Erland Josephson

    Erland Josephson

    Dec. at 89 (1923-2012)

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    WorksAll These Women, A story about Mr. Silberstein

    Erland Josephson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈæːɭand ²juːsɛfˌsɔn]; 15 June 1923 – 25 February... more on Wikipedia