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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
Dec. at 50 (1954-2004)

Birthplace: Skelleftehamn, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, The Girl Who Played with Fire, Sverigedemokraterna från insidan, Extremhögern, + more

Karl Stig-Erland "Stieg" Larsson (; Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkɑːɭ ˈstiːɡ ˈæːɭand ˈlɑːʂɔn]; 15 August 1954 – 9 November 2004) was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known ...more
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Henning Mankell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 71

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

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

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
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August Strindberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 63 (1849-1912)

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

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

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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Håkan Nesser is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 69

Birthplace: Kumla, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: Woman with Birthmark, The Mind's Eye, Borkmann's Point, The Return, Der Kommissar und das Schweigen, + more

Håkan Nesser (born 21 February 1950) is a Swedish author and teacher who has written a number of successful novels, mostly but not only crime fiction. He has won Best Swedish Crime Novel ...more
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Åke Edwardson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 66

Birthplace: Eksjö, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: Sun and Shadow, Frozen Tracks, Never End, Till Allt SOM Varit Dott, Danse avec l'ange, + more

Åke Edwardson (born 10 March 1953 in Eksjö, Småland) is a Swedish author of detective fiction, and was previously a lecturer in journalism at Gothenburg University, the city ...more
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Vilhelm Moberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 75 (1898-1973)

Birthplace: Algutsboda, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: The Judge, The Last Letter Home, The Settlers, The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, + more

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
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John Ajvide Lindqvist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 51

Birthplace: Blackeberg, Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: Let the Right One In, Let Me In, Let the Right One In, Handling the Undead, Harbour, + more

John Ajvide Lindqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [jɔn ˈajˌvidɛ ˈlɪŋˌkvɪst]; born 2 December 1968 in Blackeberg, Sweden) is a Swedish writer of horror novels and short stories.
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Emanuel Swedenborg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 84 (1688-1772)

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: Arcana coelestia, The doctrine of the New Jerusalem concerning the Lord, The essential Swedenborg: basic teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, scientist, philosopher, + more

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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Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 89 (1918-2007)

Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: The Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers, + more

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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Peter Weiss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 66 (1916-1982)

Birthplace: Babelsberg, Germany

Nationality: Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany

Works: The Aesthetics of Resistance, Leavetaking, Trotzki im Exil, Die Situation, Notizbu cher, + more

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
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Jan Guillou is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 75

Birthplace: Södertälje, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden, France, Norway

Works: Carl Hamilton novels, The Road to Jerusalem, The Knight Templar, The Democratic Terrorist, Evil, + more

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
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Pär Lagerkvist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 83 (1891-1974)

Birthplace: Växjö, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: Dramatik, Ahasverus död, Il pino, Barabbas, Lagrkvst the Holy Land, + more

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
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Tomas Tranströmer ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 88

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: Fängelse, The Sorrow Gondola, Baltics, For the Living and the Dead, Minnena ser mig, + more

Tomas Gösta Tranströmer (Swedish: [ˈtʊmːas ²jœsːta ²trɑːnˌstrœmːɛr]; 15 April 1931 – 26 March 2015) was a Swedish poet, psychologist and translator. His poems captured the ...more
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Astrid Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 95 (1907-2002)

Birthplace: Sweden, Vimmerby

Nationality: Sweden

Works: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, Pippi Longstocking, The Brothers Lionheart, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, + more

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
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Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: Ingrid Bergman, Late Nubian textiles

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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Stellan Skarsgård ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 68

Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: Jim and the Pirates

Stellan John Skarsgård (; born 13 June 1951) is a Swedish actor. He is known for his roles as Jan Nyman in Breaking the Waves (1996), Captain Tupolev in The Hunt for Red October (1990), ...more

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Peter Stormare is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 66

Birthplace: Kumla, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden, United States of America

Peter Rolf Ingvar Storm (born 27 August 1953), known professionally as Peter Stormare (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈpeːtɛr ²stɔrːˌmarɛ] (listen)), is a Swedish actor, voice actor, theatre ...more

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Victor Sjöströ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 81 (1879-1960)

Birthplace: Årjäng Municipality, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: The Phantom Carriage, The Outlaw and His Wife, A Man There Was, Ingeborg Holm, Sons of Ingmar, + more

Victor David Sjöström (Swedish: [ˈvɪkːtɔr ²ɧøːstrœm] (listen); in the United States sometimes known as Victor Seastrom; 20 September 1879 – 3 January 1960) was a pioneering ...more
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Viveca Lindfors is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 75 (1920-1995)

Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden, United States of America

Works: Viveka... Viveca

Elsa Viveca Torstensdotter Lindfors (29 December 1920 – 25 October 1995) was a Swedish-born American stage and film actress, and singer.
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Alexander Skarsgår... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 43

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: To Kill a Child

Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård (born 25 August 1976) is a Swedish actor. He is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Meekus in Zoolander, the ...more

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Mai Zetterling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 69 (1925-1994)

Birthplace: Västerås, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: Amorosa, The Girls, Night Games, Loving Couples, Kristallslottet

Mai Elisabeth Zetterling (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈmajː ²sɛtːɛˌɭɪŋ]; 24 May 1925 - 17 March 1994) 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
Dec. at 84 (1922-2006)

Birthplace: Moheda, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: The Ox

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
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Britt Ekland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 77

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: True Britt, Sweet Life, Sensual beauty and how to achieve it

Britt Ekland (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈbrɪtː ˈeːkland] (listen); born Britt-Marie Eklund; 6 October 1942) is a Swedish actress and singer. She appeared in numerous films in her heyday throughout ...more

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Lasse Hallström is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Age: 73

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: My 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 director. He first became known for directing almost all music videos by ...more
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Erland Josephson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Sweden
Dec. at 89 (1923-2012)

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Works: All These Women, A story about Mr. Silberstein

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