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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.