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 152,165 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Olaus Magnus is the 537th most popular religious figure (up from 541st in 2019), the 79th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 86th 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 537 out of 2,272Before him are Alexius of Rome, Pope Victor II, Saint Giles, Pope Eusebius, Benkei, and Zaynab bint Khuzayma. After him are Zaynab bint Ali, Saint Casimir, Scholastica, Francis of Paola, Seraphim of Sarov, and Abbas ibn Ali.

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Among people born in 1490, Olaus Magnus ranks 2Before him is Mimar Sinan. After him are Albert, Duke of Prussia, Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, Adrian Willaert, Vittoria Colonna, Huáscar, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, Albert of Brandenburg, Florian Geyer, Ebussuud Efendi, 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, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Pontormo, John III of Portugal, and Bona Sforza. After him are Mikael Agricola, Sebastian Cabot, Lautaro, Emperor Go-Nara, Giovanni Francesco Straparola, and Albert Alcibiades, Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Olaus Magnus ranks 79 out of 1,296Before him are Theodor Svedberg (1884), Zlatan Ibrahimović (1981), Klas Pontus Arnoldson (1844), Gustaf Dalén (1869), Eyvind Johnson (1900), and Marie Taglioni (1804). After him are Jenny Lind (1820), Charles VIII of Sweden (1409), Keke Rosberg (1948), Eric the Victorious (945), Harry Martinson (1904), and Stieg Larsson (1954).


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 Nathan Söderblom (1866), Catherine of Vadstena (1331), Lars Levi Laestadius (1800), Johannes Magnus (1488), Laurentius Petri (1499), Gustav Trolle (1488), Elizabeth Hesselblad (1870), Ulf Ekman (1950), and Eva Brunne (1954).