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Encyclopedia > Swedish monarch

This is a list of Swedish monarchs, that is, the Kings and ruling Queens of Sweden with Regents and Viceroys of the Kalmar Union up until the present time.

There are lists of Swedish pagan monarchs with dates far older than these. These records contain the early kings, of the House of Yngling, and give an explanation to the numbering of the monarchs, particularly the names Erik and Karl (Eric and Charles). However these records are in many cases derived from historical romances and therefore of dubious historical authenticity. Because of this, lists of succession traditionally start with the first baptized Christian king of Sweden, Olof Skötkonung, and his father Erik Segersäll. These have often been classified as belonging to the Swedish house of Ynglings, even though the sagas tell that this line of kings was broken (see Ingjald and Ivar Vidfamne), and trace them back to Sigurd Ring and Ragnar Lodbrok. As there is no evidence that Eric and Olof ever used the Yngling name themselves, modern historians instead refer to their family as the House of Munsö, the House of Ivar and Ragnar Lodbrok, the Old Dynasty or the House of Uppsala.

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Monarchs, Regents and Viceroys of Sweden

For lists of the prehistoric kings of Sweden see

The House of Munsö or Uppsala

The House of Stenkil

The Houses of Sverker and Erik

The House of Folkung

Regents of the Kalmar Union and Viceroys (Riksföreståndare)

Charles VIII

The House of Vasa

Gustav I

The House of Palatinate

Charles XI

The House of Hesse

The House of Holstein-Gottorp

Gustav III

The House of Bernadotte

Charles XIV

See also



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