Charles XI of Sweden

1655 - 1697

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Charles XI or Carl (Swedish: Karl XI; 4 December [O.S. 24 November] 1655 – 15 April [O.S. 5 April] 1697) was King of Sweden from 1660 until his death, in a period of Swedish history known as the Swedish Empire (1611–1721). He was the only son of King Charles X Gustav of Sweden and Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp. His father died when he was four years old, so Charles was educated by his governors until his coronation at the age of seventeen. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles XI of Sweden has received more than 934,630 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Charles XI of Sweden is the 954th most popular politician (down from 829th in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from Sweden (down from 36th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Swedish Politician.

Charles XI of Sweden is most famous for his role in the Great Northern War. He was the son of Charles X Gustav and Christina of Holstein-Gottorp. He became King of Sweden at the age of 15 when his father died in 1660. He was a successful soldier and leader and he led his country to victory in the Great Northern War against Russia.

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Among politicians, Charles XI of Sweden ranks 954 out of 19,576Before him are Petronius Maximus, Jorge Rafael Videla, Konstantin von Neurath, Andrew II of Hungary, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan. After him are Wilm Hosenfeld, Hassanal Bolkiah, Grigory Zinoviev, Kara Mustafa Pasha, Michael III, and Leo I the Thracian.

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Among people born in 1655, Charles XI of Sweden ranks 3Before him are Pope Innocent XIII, and Bartolomeo Cristofori. After him are Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg, Christian Thomasius, Louis William, Margrave of Baden-Baden, Zumbi, Rinaldo d'Este, Bernard de Montfaucon, Johann Christoph Denner, Ferdinand Kettler, and Caspar Bartholin the Younger. Among people deceased in 1697, Charles XI of Sweden ranks 1After him are Francesco Redi, Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Poland, Galdan Boshugtu Khan, Nicolaus Bruhns, António Vieira, Frederick Charles, Duke of Württemberg-Winnental, John Aubrey, Libéral Bruant, Gregorio Barbarigo, Niels Juel, and Filippo Baldinucci.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Charles XI of Sweden ranks 42 out of 1,879Before him are Charles XIII of Sweden (1748), Klas Pontus Arnoldson (1844), Anders Zorn (1860), Charles XV of Sweden (1826), Agnetha Fältskog (1950), and Ulrika Eleonora, Queen of Sweden (1688). After him are Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (1778), Manne Siegbahn (1886), Allvar Gullstrand (1862), Pär Lagerkvist (1891), Axel von Fersen the Younger (1755), and Gunnar Myrdal (1898).


Among politicians born in Sweden, Charles XI of Sweden ranks 17Before him are Charles IX of Sweden (1550), John III of Sweden (1537), Charles XIII of Sweden (1748), Klas Pontus Arnoldson (1844), Charles XV of Sweden (1826), and Ulrika Eleonora, Queen of Sweden (1688). After him are Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (1778), Eric XIV of Sweden (1533), Gustav III of Sweden (1746), Princess Birgitta of Sweden (1937), Olof Skötkonung (980), and Eric the Victorious (945).