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Charles XII of Sweden

1682 - 1718

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Charles XII, sometimes Carl XII (Swedish: Karl XII) or Carolus Rex (17 June 1682 – 30 November 1718 O.S.), was King of Sweden (including current Finland) from 1697 to 1718. He belonged to the House of Palatinate-Zweibrücken, a branch line of the House of Wittelsbach. Charles was the only surviving son of Charles XI and Ulrika Eleonora the Elder. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles XII of Sweden has received more than 2,480,350 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Charles XII of Sweden is the 253rd most popular politician (up from 262nd in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 12th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Swedish Politician.

Charles XII of Sweden is most famous for his military prowess. He led an invasion of Russia in 1707 and was killed in the Battle of Poltava.

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Among politicians, Charles XII of Sweden ranks 253 out of 15,577Before him are Helmut Kohl, Henry II of France, Philip V of Spain, António de Oliveira Salazar, Hu Jintao, and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Safiye Sultan, Bill Clinton, Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, Antoninus Pius, Empress Dowager Cixi, and Louis XVII of France.

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Among people born in 1682, Charles XII of Sweden ranks 1After him are Louis, Duke of Burgundy, Bartholomew Roberts, Calico Jack, Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Johann Friedrich Böttger, Şehsuvar Sultan, Jacopo Amigoni, Princess Albertina Frederica of Baden-Durlach, Jan van Huysum, William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, and Claudine Guérin de Tencin. Among people deceased in 1718, Charles XII of Sweden ranks 1After him are Blackbeard, Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia, Mary of Modena, William Penn, Stede Bonnet, Vincenzo Coronelli, Philippe de La Hire, Charles, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst, Jacques Ozanam, Margherita Maria Farnese, and Louis Frederick I, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.

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Among people born in Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden ranks 10 out of 1,612Before him are Anders Celsius (1701), Ingmar Bergman (1918), Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (1594), Astrid Lindgren (1907), Selma Lagerlöf (1858), and Olof Palme (1927). After him are Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (1946), Ingvar Kamprad (1926), Svante Arrhenius (1859), Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626), Jöns Jacob Berzelius (1779), and Ingrid Bergman (1915).


Among politicians born in Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden ranks 3Before him are Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (1594) and Olof Palme (1927). After him are Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (1946), Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626), Oleg of Novgorod (900), Sigismund III Vasa (1566), Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (1882), Oscar II of Sweden (1829), Gustaf V of Sweden (1858), John III of Sweden (1537), and Charles IX of Sweden (1550).