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Olaus Magnus

1490 - 1557

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Olaus Magnus (October 1490 – 1 August 1557) was a Swedish writer, cartographer, and Catholic ecclesiastic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Olaus Magnus has received more than 158,934 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Olaus Magnus is the 653rd most popular religious figure (down from 536th in 2019), the 98th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 79th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Swedish Religious Figure.

Olaus Magnus is most famous for his book, "Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus," which was published in 1555. The book is a comprehensive description of the Nordic countries and the Arctic region.

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Among religious figures, Olaus Magnus ranks 653 out of 2,238Before him are Malachi, Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah, Nachman of Breslov, Abu Dhar al-Ghifari, Philemon, and Hillel the Elder. After him are Piruz Nahavandi, Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, Zephaniah, Theodora, Aloysius Stepinac, and Mordecai.

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Among people born in 1490, Olaus Magnus ranks 5Before him are Mimar Sinan, Albert, Duke of Prussia, Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, and Adrian Willaert. After him are Huáscar, Albert of Brandenburg, Vittoria Colonna, Ebussuud Efendi, Florian Geyer, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, and Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino. Among people deceased in 1557, Olaus Magnus ranks 7Before him are Jacques Cartier, Anne of Cleves, John III of Portugal, Pontormo, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, and Bona Sforza. After him are Mikael Agricola, Sebastian Cabot, Emperor Go-Nara, Lautaro, Ferrante Gonzaga, and Albert Alcibiades, Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach.

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Among people born in Sweden, Olaus Magnus ranks 98 out of 1,612Before him are Hugo Theorell (1903), Axel Munthe (1857), Birger Jarl (1210), Anund Jacob (1008), Hannes Alfvén (1908), and Hilma af Klint (1862). After him are Princess Birgitta of Sweden (1937), Bertil Ohlin (1899), Arvid Carlsson (1923), Peter Stormare (1953), Roy Andersson (1943), and Tomas Lindahl (1938).


Among religious figures born in Sweden, Olaus Magnus ranks 3Before him are Bridget of Sweden (1303) and Eric IX of Sweden (1120). After him are Catherine of Vadstena (1331), Nathan Söderblom (1866), Lars Levi Laestadius (1800), Johannes Magnus (1488), Gustav Trolle (1488), Laurentius Petri (1499), Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna (1417), Elizabeth Hesselblad (1870), and Ulf Ekman (1950).