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Sweden's Information

Flag of Sweden
Land Area 410,335 km2
Water Area 39,960 km2
Total Area 450,295km2 (#55)
Population 9,880,604 (#89)
Population Density 24.08/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
GDP (PPP) $498.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $49,700
Currency Krona (SEK)
Largest Cities
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

L continued

  • Gustaf de Laval inventor, engineer
  • Nicklas Lidstrom hockey player
  • Bruno Liljefors artist
  • Jenny Lind "swedish nightingale" opera singer
  • Christian Lindberg trombonist
  • Viveca Lindfors actress
  • Astrid Lindgren creator "pippi longstockings"
  • Mattias Lindstrom-Caliste musician
  • Carolus Linnaeus botanist, explorer
  • Oscar A. C. Lund actor, screenwriter, director
  • Dolph Lundgren actor
  • Gerda Lundequist actress
M - N
  • Yngwie Malmsteen musician, composer, bandleader
  • Carl Malmsten artist, designer
  • Henning Mankell author
  • Sven Markelius architect
  • Max Martin songwriter, music producer
  • Harry Martinson author, poet, nobel laureate
  • Bruno Mathsson artist, designer
  • Carl Milles sculptor
  • Vilhelm Moberg author
  • Lucas Moodysson film director
  • Birgit Nilsson singer
  • Christina Nilsson opera singer
  • Alfred Nobel inventor of dynamite, later established the nobel peace prize
O - P
  • Warner Oland actor
  • Lina Olin actress
  • Olof of Sweden king
  • Ann-Margret Olsson actress, singer
  • Oscar I king
  • Olof Palme swedish prime minister
  • Elena Paparizou singer
  • Jesper Parnevik golfer
  • Gustav Erik Pasch inventor safety match
  • Erling Persson founder h & m (hennes & mauritz)
  • Wilhelm Peterson-Berger composer
  • Lewi Pethrus founder swedish pentecostal movement
  • Olaus Petri writer, reformer
  • Play music group
  • Robyn singer, songwriter
  • Johan Helmich Roman composer, widely revered as the "father" of swedish music
  • Alexander Roslin artist
  • Roxette music group


  • Sahara Hotnights music group
  • Johan Tobias Sergel sculptor
  • Alexander Skarsgard actor
  • Stellan Skarsgard actor
  • Hjalmar Soderberg author, playwright
  • Nathan Soderblom archbishop, nobel peace prize laureate
  • Elisabeth Anna Soderstrom soprano
  • Harald V. Sonesson author, artist
  • Annika Sorenstam wpga golfer
  • St. Bridgid of Sweden founder Bridgettine order, patron saint of Europe
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar composer, conductor, pianist
  • Ingemar Stenmark skier, olympic medalist
  • Peter Stormare actor
  • August Strindberg playwright
  • Mats Sundin hockey player
  • Svet Svanholm singer
  • Bo Svenson actor
  • Emanuel Swedenborg philosopher, scientist
T - Z
  • Marie Taglioni ballerina
  • Gustaf Tenggren illustrator
  • Nicodemus Tessin (The Elder) architect
  • The Hives music group
  • The (International) Noise Conspiracy music group
  • Ingrid Thulin actress
  • Jonas Tilly founder Tilly Medical Products
  • Nils von Dardel artist
  • Verner von Heidenstam poet, nobel prize laureate
  • Anne Sofie von Otter opera singer
  • Max von Sydow actor
  • Thomas Wassberg olympic skiing medalist
  • Axel Wenner-Gren founder electrolux
  • Mats Wilander tennis player
  • Niklas Zennstrom co-founder skype, entrepreneur
  • Henrik Zetterberg hockey player
  • Mai Zetterling film director, actress
  • Anders Zorn artist, sculptor

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This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.

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