Jan Guillou

1944 - Today

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Jan Oskar Sverre Lucien Henri Guillou (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjɑːn ɡɪˈjuː], French: [ɡiju]; born 17 January 1944) is a French-Swedish author and journalist. Guillou's fame in Sweden was established during his time as an investigative journalist, most notably in 1973 when he and co-reporter Peter Bratt exposed a secret and illegal intelligence organization in Sweden, Informationsbyrån (IB). He is still active within journalism as a column writer for the Swedish evening tabloid Aftonbladet. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan Guillou has received more than 295,295 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Jan Guillou is the 1,599th most popular writer (down from 1,527th in 2019), the 250th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 231st in 2019) and the 19th most popular Swedish Writer.

Jan Guillou is most famous for writing the internationally successful "Hamilton" series of spy novels. The series follows the story of Carl Hamilton, a Swedish secret agent who works for the Swedish security police, SÄPO, and later for the international intelligence agency, Coq Rouge. The first book in the series, "Coq Rouge," was published in 1986 and has been translated into several languages.

Memorability Metrics

  • 300k

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  • 57.93

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 29

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.43

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.63

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Die Frauen von Götaland. Ein Roman aus der Zeit der Kreuzfahrer
Fiendens fiende
Vägen till Jerusalem
Den demokratiske terroristen

Page views of Jan Guillous by language

Over the past year Jan Guillou has had the most page views in the with 151,939 views, followed by English (35,919), and Danish (12,526). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Catalan (1,981.48%), Russian (65.06%), and Southern Azerbaijani (56.99%)


Among writers, Jan Guillou ranks 1,599 out of 7,302Before him are Arnaldur Indriðason, Natalie Clifford Barney, Yaşar Kemal, Mário de Andrade, Rafael Sabatini, and Robert Faurisson. After him are David Albahari, Charles Paul de Kock, Muhammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Robert Desnos, and Dick Bruna.

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Among people born in 1944, Jan Guillou ranks 147Before him are Ron Huldai, Willem van Hanegem, Christian Boltanski, Kiri Te Kanawa, Chung Hong-won, and John Entwistle. After him are James Heckman, Michel Polnareff, Alice Walker, Oleg Yankovsky, Mary Robinson, and Carlos Pace.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Jan Guillou ranks 250 out of 1,879Before him are Lennart Bernadotte (1909), Árni Magnússon (1663), Prince Erik, Duke of Västmanland (1889), Johan Vilhelm Snellman (1806), Anna of Sweden (1545), and Gunnar Björnstrand (1909). After him are Johannes Magnus (1488), Yngwie Malmsteen (1963), Per Brahe the Younger (1602), Gunnel Lindblom (1931), Ludvig Nobel (1831), and Agne Simonsson (1935).

Among WRITERS In Sweden

Among writers born in Sweden, Jan Guillou ranks 19Before him are Maj Sjöwall (1935), Karin Boye (1900), Elsa Beskow (1874), Olaus Petri (1493), Hjalmar Söderberg (1869), and Camilla Läckberg (1974). After him are Håkan Nesser (1950), Per Wahlöö (1926), Stig Dagerman (1923), Sven Nordqvist (1946), Kerstin Ekman (1933), and Ulf Stark (1944).