Sweden

Last modified: 13 January 2019

The country

The state is known as Kunungariket Sverige in its national language. This means the Kingdom of Sweden. The country is being reigned by the Bernadotte dynasty.

Sweden is already a kingdom since more than 1000 years. There are legends about a kingdom named Svea from the 9th century. The kings are all known since 980. In the beginning the kings were chosen by the nobility from their own ranks. This changed in 1523 when Gustaf I Eriksson Wasa managed to free Sweden from the Danish domination. Sweden had been united with Denmark and Norway in the Union of Kalmar since 1397. In 1544 he made Sweden a hereditary monarchy. The kings after Karl X were originally from German houses as Bavaria, Hessen-Kassel and Holstein-Gottorp.

The last Holstein-Gottorp King Karl XIII had to agree that the French marshal Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, of an ordinary French family, on 21 August 1810 was made the new crown prince of Sweden after the death of the former crown prince of Sweden, Prince Christian August of Denmark, to France. Karl XIII and his wife Queen Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta adopted Bernadotte, who afterwards was called Karl Johan. Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte came to Sweden in October 1810, his wife and son later that year. Crown Prince Karl Johan became a regent for the old king in March 1811 and became the new king after the death of Karl XIII in 1818. In 1814 he had already won Norway for Sweden and thus also became King of Norway. His descendants still reign the country.

Sovereign

The current sovereign is Carl XVI Gustaf Folke Hubertus, King of Sweden. He was born at Haga Castle, Sweden, on 30 April 1946.

He is the son of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden (1906-1947) and his wife Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1908-1972).

Enthronement

Carl XVI Gustaf succeeded his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden after his death on 15 September 1973.

The inauguration took place at the Dining Room of the Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden, on 19 September 1973.

Other details

The King’s motto is För Sverige i tiden, which means For Sweden-in our time.

The King is an Evangelical Lutheran.

Marriage and descendants

King Carl XVI Gustaf is married to Silvia Renate Sommerlath (born 1943) since 1976.

Their children:

  • Crown Princess Victoria (born 1977)
  • Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland (born 1979). He is married to Sofia Hellqvist (born 1984) since 2015. They have two sons, Prince Alexander, Duke of Södermanland (born 2016) and Prince Gabriel Duke of Dalarna (born 2017).
  • Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (born 1982). She is married to Christopher O’Neill (born 1974) since 2013. They have two daughters, Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland (born 2014) and Princess Adrienne, Duchess of Blekinge (born 2018), and one son, Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland (born 2015).

Heir to the throne

Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland was born at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, on 14 July 1977.

Victoria was Crown Princess of Sweden from her birth to the birth of her brother on 13 May 1979. In accordance with the 1979 Act of Succession, which entered into force on 1 January 1980, she became the heir to the Swedish throne once again.

She is married to Daniel Westling (born 1973) since 2010. Upon their marriage he became Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland.

Their children:

  • Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland (born 2012)
  • Prince Oscar, Duke of Skåne (born 2016)

Postal address

Royal Palace
11130 Stockholm
Sweden

Succession

The King or Queen who occupies the throne of Sweden in accordance with the Act of Succession shall be the Head of State. Only a person who is a Swedish citizen and who has reached the age of eighteen may serve as Head of State. The Head of State may not at the same time be a minister, hold the office of Speaker or serve as a member of the Riksdag. The Head of State shall consult the Prime Minister before undertaking travel abroad. If the King or Queen who is Head of State is not in a position to perform his or her duties, the member of the Royal House in line under the order of succession and able to do so shall assume and perform the duties of Head of State in the capacity of Regent ad interim. Should the Royal House become extinct, the Riksdag elects a Regent to perform the duties of Head of State until further notice. The Riksdag elects a Deputy Regent at the same time. The same applies if the King or Queen who is Head of State dies or abdicates and the heir to the throne has not yet reached the age of eighteen. If the King or Queen who is Head of State has been prevented for six consecutive months from performing his or her duties, or has failed to perform his or her duties, the Government shall notify the matter to the Riksdag. The Riksdag decides whether the King or Queen shall be deemed to have abdicated. The Riksdag may elect a person to serve as Regent ad interim. The Speaker, or, in his or her absence, one of the Deputy Speakers, serves as Regent ad interim under a Government order when no other competent person is in a position to serve. The King or Queen who is Head of State cannot be prosecuted for his or her actions. Nor can a Regent be prosecuted for his or her actions as Head of State.

The throne is hereditary in the descendance of Karl XIV Johan Bernadotte. Until January 1st, 1980, succession took place according to male right of the first-born. After that date Princess Victoria followed her younger brother Carl Philip as heir. A dynast can’t marry without permission of the King, who needs to be advised by the ministers. A dynast who doesn’t ask for permission looses all rights to the throne, for himself and his descendance.

Titles

The King is Majesty, King of Sweden. The heir to the throne is Crown Prince(ss) of Sweden. All members of the royal family are Royal Highness, Prince(ss) of Sweden. All dynasts bear a ducal courtesy title.

Royal residences

The official residence of the Swedish monarch is the Royal Palace in Stockholm, where most official engagements take place. It is also the office for royals and staff. The royal family however lives in the southern wing of the Drottningholm Palace.

The Kings of Sweden

Karl XIV Johan (1763-1844)1818-1844
Oscar I (1799-1859)1844-1859
Karl XV (1826-1872)1859-1872
Oscar II (1829-1907)1872-1907
Gustaf V (1858-1950)1907-1950
Gustaf VI Adolf (1882-1973)1950-1973
Carl XVI Gustaf (1946- )1973-

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