Oleg of Novgorod

900 - 912

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Oleg of Novgorod (Old East Slavic: Ѡлегъ Olegŭ; Old Norse: Helgi; Russian: Олег Вещий, romanized: Oleg Veshchy, lit. 'Oleg the Prophet'; Ukrainian: Олег Віщий) was a Rurikid prince who ruled all or part of the Rus' people during the late 9th and early 10th centuries. He is credited by Rus' Chronicles with moving from either Staraya Ladoga (Old Norse: Aldeigjuborg) or Novgorod, and seizing power in Kiev (Kyiv) from Askold and Dir, and, by doing so, laying the foundation of the powerful state of Kievan Rus'. He also launched an attack on Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oleg of Novgorod has received more than 1,416,918 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Oleg of Novgorod is the 255th most popular politician (up from 919th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 39th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Swedish Politician.

Oleg of Novgorod is most famous for his conquest of Kiev and founding of the Kievan Rus' empire.

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Among politicians, Oleg of Novgorod ranks 255 out of 15,710Before him are Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, Georges Danton, Edward III of England, and Edward I of England. After him are Leopold II of Belgium, Georgy Zhukov, Ariel Sharon, Yuri Andropov, Theodore Roosevelt, and Yitzhak Rabin.

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Among people born in 900, Oleg of Novgorod ranks 2Before him is Ivar the Boneless. After him are Gorm the Old, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Photios I of Constantinople, Pope Lando, Pope Benedict VI, Pope Agapetus II, Pope Stephen VIII, Pope Leo VII, Ahmad ibn Fadlan, and Robert the Strong. Among people deceased in 912, Oleg of Novgorod ranks 1After him are Leo VI the Wise, Ibn Khordadbeh, Otto I, Duke of Saxony, Zhu Wen, Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Umawi, Rudolph I of Burgundy, Notker the Stammerer, and Smbat I of Armenia.

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Among people born in Sweden, Oleg of Novgorod ranks 11 out of 1,296Before him are Anders Celsius (1701), Ingmar Bergman (1918), Astrid Lindgren (1907), Selma Lagerlöf (1858), Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626), and Olof Palme (1927). After him are Charles XII of Sweden (1682), Ingvar Kamprad (1926), Ingrid Bergman (1915), August Strindberg (1849), Greta Garbo (1905), and Bridget of Sweden (1303).


Among politicians born in Sweden, Oleg of Novgorod ranks 4Before him are Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (1594), Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626), and Olof Palme (1927). After him are Charles XII of Sweden (1682), Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (1882), Sigismund III Vasa (1566), Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (1946), Gustaf V of Sweden (1858), Oscar II of Sweden (1829), Gustav III of Sweden (1746), and Charles IX of Sweden (1550).