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Oleg of Novgorod

900 - 912

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Oleg the Prophet (Old East Slavic: Ѡлегъ Olegŭ; Old Norse: Helgi; Russian: Олег Вещий, romanized: Oleg Veshchy, lit. 'Oleg the Prophet'; Ukrainian: Олег Віщий, romanized: Oleh Vishchyi) 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 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 1,524,247 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Oleg of Novgorod is the 415th most popular politician (down from 255th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 11th in 2019) and the 6th 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 415 out of 15,577Before him are Charles III of Spain, Louis Bonaparte, Louis VIII of France, George III of the United Kingdom, Baibars, and Yongle Emperor. After him are José Mujica, Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor, George II of Great Britain, Severus Alexander, Albert II of Belgium, and Henry the Fowler.

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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, Photios I of Constantinople, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Pope Lando, Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Pope Benedict VI, Pope Agapetus II, Pope Stephen VIII, Pope Leo VII, 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, Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Umawi, Zhu Wen, Rudolph I of Burgundy, Notker the Stammerer, Smbat I of Armenia, and Ahmad ibn Yusuf.

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Among people born in Sweden, Oleg of Novgorod ranks 19 out of 1,612Before him are Svante Arrhenius (1859), Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626), Jöns Jacob Berzelius (1779), Ingrid Bergman (1915), August Strindberg (1849), and Greta Garbo (1905). After him are Sigismund III Vasa (1566), Bridget of Sweden (1303), Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (1882), Gustav I of Sweden (1496), Dag Hammarskjöld (1905), and Agnetha Fältskog (1950).


Among politicians born in Sweden, Oleg of Novgorod ranks 6Before him are Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (1594), Olof Palme (1927), Charles XII of Sweden (1682), Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (1946), and Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626). After him are Sigismund III Vasa (1566), Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (1882), Oscar II of Sweden (1829), Gustaf V of Sweden (1858), John III of Sweden (1537), and Charles IX of Sweden (1550).