The Most Famous

COMPANIONS from Sweden

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This page contains a list of the greatest Swedish Companions. The pantheon dataset contains 687 Companions, 9 of which were born in Sweden. This makes Sweden the birth place of the 14th most number of Companions behind Denmark and Russia.

Top 9

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Swedish Companions of all time. This list of famous Swedish Companions is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Ingrid of Sweden (1910 - 2000)

With an HPI of 77.58, Ingrid of Sweden is the most famous Swedish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 38 different languages on wikipedia.

Ingrid of Sweden (Ingrid Victoria Sofia Louise Margareta; 28 March 1910 – 7 November 2000) was Queen of Denmark from 1947 until 1972 as the wife of King Frederick IX. Born into the House of Bernadotte, she was the daughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught. In 1935 she married Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and they had three daughters, Margrethe, the present Queen of Denmark, Benedikte, now a Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Anne-Marie, the former Queen of the Hellenes. In 1947, her husband became king on his father's death. As queen, Ingrid reformed the traditions of Danish court life, abolished many old-fashioned customs at court and created a more relaxed atmosphere at official receptions. King Frederick IX died in 1972, and Ingrid's daughter Margrethe became queen. She was also a paternal aunt of the present Swedish monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf.

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2. Astrid of Sweden (1905 - 1935)

With an HPI of 76.37, Astrid of Sweden is the 2nd most famous Swedish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 40 different languages.

Astrid of Sweden (17 November 1905 – 29 August 1935) was the Queen of the Belgians as the first wife of King Leopold III. Originally a princess of Sweden of the House of Bernadotte, Astrid became the Duchess of Brabant after her marriage to Leopold in November 1926. She became queen of the Belgians on 17 February 1934 until her death. Her charity work revolved around women, children, and disadvantaged people. Astrid's only daughter, Joséphine-Charlotte, later became Grand Duchess consort of Luxembourg, while both of her sons reigned as King of the Belgians. Astrid was also a sister of Crown Princess Märtha of Norway (wife of King Olav V) and a maternal aunt of King Harald V of Norway.

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3. Louise of Sweden (1851 - 1926)

With an HPI of 74.23, Louise of Sweden is the 3rd most famous Swedish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 36 different languages.

Louise of Sweden (Louise Josephine Eugenie (Swedish: Lovisa Josefina Eugenia); 31 October 1851 – 20 March 1926), was Queen of Denmark as the spouse of King Frederick VIII. She was the only surviving child of Charles XV of Sweden and his consort, Louise of the Netherlands. She was the mother of both King Christian X of Denmark and King Haakon VII of Norway.

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4. Margaret Leijonhufvud (1516 - 1551)

With an HPI of 68.96, Margaret Leijonhufvud is the 4th most famous Swedish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Margaret Leijonhufvud (née Margareta Eriksdotter; 1 January 1516 – 26 August 1551) was Queen of Sweden from 1536 to 1551 by marriage to King Gustav I. She played a political role as the advisor of, and the intermediary to, her spouse the King.

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5. Karin Månsdotter (1550 - 1612)

With an HPI of 68.84, Karin Månsdotter is the 5th most famous Swedish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Karin Månsdotter (in English Catherine; 6 November 1550 – 13 September 1612) was first a mistress of King Eric XIV of Sweden and then briefly queen as his wife.

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6. Gunilla Bielke (1568 - 1597)

With an HPI of 67.48, Gunilla Bielke is the 6th most famous Swedish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Gunilla Bielke; Swedish: Gunilla Johansdotter Bielke af Åkerö (25 June 1568 – 19 July 1597) was Queen of Sweden as the second wife of King John III. Queen Gunilla is acknowledged to have acted as the political adviser to John III and to have influenced his religious policies in favor of Protestantism.

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7. Catherine Stenbock (1535 - 1621)

With an HPI of 66.41, Catherine Stenbock is the 7th most famous Swedish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Catherine Stenbock (Swedish: Katarina Gustavsdotter Stenbock; 22 July 1535 at Torpa, Tranemo Municipality, Västergötland – 13 December 1621 at Strömsholm, Västmanland) was Queen of Sweden from 1552 to 1560 as the third and last wife of King Gustav I.

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8. Ingeborg Magnusdotter of Sweden (1277 - 1319)

With an HPI of 63.18, Ingeborg Magnusdotter of Sweden is the 8th most famous Swedish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Ingeborg Magnusdotter of Sweden (born 1277, Sweden – d. 5 April or 15 August 1319) was Queen of Denmark by marriage to King Eric VI. She was the daughter of King Magnus III of Sweden and Helwig of Holstein.

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9. Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland (1984 - )

With an HPI of 60.20, Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland is the 9th most famous Swedish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 35 different languages.

Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland (born Sofia Kristina Hellqvist; 6 December 1984), is a member of the Swedish royal family. Before marrying Prince Carl Philip and becoming a princess of Sweden in 2015, Sofia was a glamour model and reality television contestant. They have three sons, Prince Alexander, Prince Gabriel and Prince Julian, who are fifth, sixth and seventh in the line of succession to the Swedish throne, respectively.

Pantheon has 9 people classified as companions born between 1277 and 1984. Of these 9, 1 (11.11%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living companions include Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland. The most famous deceased companions include Ingrid of Sweden, Astrid of Sweden, and Louise of Sweden.

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Which Companions were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 3 most globally memorable Companions since 1700.