• The Royal Palace is closed on Tuesday 30 November.

Swedish monarchs

The kings and queens of Sweden – from Vasa to Bernadotte

The history of the Kingdom of Sweden stretches back more than 1,000 years. Its monarchs can be recorded by name and approximate year since the late 10th century, beginning with Erik Segersäll. Gustav Vasa came to power in 1521, and is usually regarded as the founder of the modern Swedish state. Since then, Sweden has had five royal dynasties.