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"Happiness does not lie in the opinion of others."

Kristina (18 December 1626 – 19 April 1689) was queen of Sweden from 1632 until her abdication in 1654. One of the most learned women of her time, her interest in philosophy, science and art led her to correspond with notable scientists and scholars such as Grotius, Gassendi, Descartes and Pascal, seeking to attract them to Stockholm in order to transform the city into the "Athens of the North". She leads the Swedes in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm.

Kristina uses the politics of the World Congress and culture to win diplomatic victories.


Minerva of the North, unmatched in learning and wisdom, you chose a life of culture over that of power. Light up your kingdom with art and music. Let Sweden be the guiding star for other civilizations to follow. Once more the world has a need for great patrons of the arts and culture—and it looks to you.


Kristina's unique agenda is Bibliophile. She tries to collect as many Great Works as possible and dislikes civilizations with a large number of Great Works.

Her leader ability is Minerva of the North. All her buildings with three or more Great Work slots and all her wonders with two or more Great Work slots are automatically themed once their slots are filled, and she is able to build the Queen's Bibliotheque in her Government Plaza.

Detailed Approach[]

Sweden is particularly effective at the World Congress and can exercise additional influence beyond what any other civilization can do. Kristina gives theming bonuses to buildings that fill all their Great Work slots (provided they have at least two slots). With the Open-Air Museum and the Queen's Bibliotheque, Sweden has excellent Culture Culture and Tourism Tourism capabilities. This is a civilization that can conquer the world through soft power.


Kristina is voiced by MTAG. She speaks Modern Swedish with occasional archaic phrasing/vocabulary. She uses formal pronouns ("ni", "era") to address the player, except in her Disapproval line.


Codename Quote (English translation) Quote (Modern Swedish) Notes
Agenda-based Approval I’ve just acquired a new work and will host a viewing soon. Your emissaries are invited to attend. (lit. "I recently received a brand new piece of art and I will be hosting an art show soon. Your envoys are invited.") Jag har nyligen fått ett helt nytt konstverk och jag ska vara värd snart för en konstvisning. Era sändebud äro inbjudna.
Agenda-based Disapproval I suppose you think art is great when it ties a room together, you philistine. (lit. "I presume that you only view art as good when it unites the aesthetics of the room, you philistine dog!") Jag förmodar att du bara synar konst i god när den förenar rummets estetik, din borgarbracka!
Attacked Sweden will chastise those who threaten the world. Prepare yourself for war! Sverige ska tukta dem som hotar världen. Förbered er på krig!
Declares War Sweden will do her part to push back the evils of the world. Art is one way to do this—war with you is another. Sverige skall göra sin del för att hålla världens ondska stången. Konst är ett sätt att uppnå detta, krig mot er ett annat.
Defeated I never loved power, and now I am left without art. Only regret and loss remain for me. Jag älskade aldrig makt, och nu saknar jag konsten. Bara ånger och förlust återstår för mig.
Greeting I am Kristina, queen of Sweden, patron of arts and letters. Do I greet a fellow lover of learning? Jag är Kristina, Sveriges drottning. Patron av konst och litteratur. Hälsar jag en annan kunskapsälskande person?
Quote from Civilopedia Happiness does not lie in the opinion of others. Glädje ligger ej i andras opinioner. This is a quote from the book Maxims of a Queen, published in 1907 by Una Birch from a selected compilation and translation of Kristina's writings.


Delegation: I send you a gift of bandy sticks, pickled herring, lingonsylt, and knäckebröd. Don't eat the bandy sticks.

Accepts a Delegation: I will accept your delegation, and they will stay as my honored guests. My Dramaturge has a new work to share for them.

Refuses a Delegation: Sweden has no need of these petty trifles.

Accepts Player's Declaration of Friendship: I do consider you a friend! I should be delighted to share this with the world.

Rejects Player's Declaration of Friendship: I think you confuse your admiration of me with friendship. We are not yet friends. Perhaps someday.

Requests Declaration of Friendship: Will you join me as we tell the world that our nations are friends with one another? We will surely inspire them all.

Player Accepts Declaration of Friendship: I agree.

Player Rejects Declaration of Friendship: This cannot be.

Trade Deal Accepted: This is a fair exchange.

Denounced by Player: I will tell the whole world of your villainy, of your boorishness, of your perfidy!

Denounces Player: In Sweden, we have many amusing folk songs that depict you as a villain. Even the simplest arts imitate truths of life.

Too Many Troops Near Her Border: Do not march your units up and down along our border like a child playing with toy soldiers. Move them now.

Invitation to Capital: I will inform your delegates of the location of our capital, but I expect that you will grant us the same favor.

Invitation to City: Your representatives are most welcome to come and view my collections for themselves.

Invitation Accepted: Sweden thanks you, as do I.

Civilopedia entry[]

The most learned, cultural, dynamic, and controversial woman of her generation, the arc of Kristina's life traced the complex political and cultural issues of the 1600s. During her lifetime she was equally legendary for her lavish patronage of artists and writers and her scandalous, unorthodox personal life.

Her father was the mighty Swedish warrior-king Gustavus Adolphus, champion of the Protestant cause and the king who established the framework of the modern Swedish state. Her mother, Maria of Brandenburg, suffered from serious mental illnesses during her lifetime. When Kristina was born in 1626, she was erroneously reported to be a boy. Her mother attempted to attack the newborn Kristina in a fit of madness when she learned she had actually given birth to a boy.

Carl Gustav ordered that Kristina be given a prince's education, but his untimely death in battle when Kristina was six years old meant that the kingdom passed into a regency period, overseen by Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna. Oxenstierna proved to be young Kristina's best political tutor, and there was a relatively smooth political reform and transition period as the young monarch prepared to take the throne under her own name. Young Kristina was an apt, brilliant pupil by all accounts, learning theology, politics, letters, and the rougher arts of riding, fencing, and military maneuvers. Kristina began attending state council at the age of fourteen. At eighteen she assumed the throne for herself.

With the waning of the religious violence of the Thirty Years' War, there was a considerable risk that Sweden might be plunged back into a maelstrom of violence when Kristina took the throne. She managed to keep the peace, and then turned her efforts to make Sweden the philosophical capital of Europe. She succeeded in recruiting Rene Descartes to her project—alas the venerable French philosopher and the queen disliked each other intensely, and the chilly climate sickened Descartes and he died in Stockholm in 1650. For her efforts, she came to be called “the Minerva of the North” throughout Europe. Unfortunately, the queen's project could only be funded through lavish and unsustainable expenditure by the crown, and she was forced to scale it back.

Kristina unexpectedly abdicated the Swedish throne after ten years of rule, and the reasons for this are still hotly debated to this day. Kristina herself pled illness and that, as a woman, she was inadequate to the role of ruler, but others claimed her deep aversion to marriage (and thus the matter of succession) was the result of her own sexual identity. She had secretly converted to Roman Catholicism, which also made her ineligible to the throne of Lutheran Sweden. Reign passed to her cousin, Carl X Gustav.

As a high-profile convert to Catholicism, Kristina was invited to Rome as the guest of Pope Alexander VII in 1655. She did not impress the pontiff. Her manners were rough (she enjoyed profanity, marksmanship, dressing in men's clothing, and some other activities seen as unbefitting the nobility), and she had a habit of practicing freelance statesmanship, including the unsuccessful attempt to get herself appointed Queen of Naples with the collusion of the French. She was also unwilling to serve as Pope Alexander's public pawn against Protestantism.

During her time in Rome, she patronized a number of outstanding artists and writers, amassing a collection of artwork that was the envy of Europe. Her court at the Palazzo Farnese was the epicenter of her artistic world, entertaining guests with music, drama, and intellectual discussions on great matters. This extravagance (and Kristina's general lack of propriety) scandalized and delighted the great people of Europe. Her painting collection included works by Raphael, Titian, Durer, Bruegel the Elder, Veronese, and Corregio. She founded the Arcadia Academy for philosophy and literature, which is still in Rome today. She discovered the composer Scarlatti and employed him as choirmaster, while Corelli directed her personal orchestra.

But she came to the end of tolerance by the courts of Europe. In 1657, on a visit to France, she had one of her household staff assassinated on suspicion that he was betraying her personal letters to Rome. She immediately took responsibility for the act, despite the French nobility offering to help cover up the affair. The scandal ruined her support back in Rome, and she spent a number of years shuttling between Sweden and Rome. Although privately friendly with a number of Popes, the political atmosphere turned against the bohemian stylings of Kristina's personal court.

She was centuries ahead of her time in many of her views, fiercely contrarian against the prevailing notions of the age. She was a stalwart defender of personal liberties, generous in her charity, and a staunch protector of the Jews of Rome. There has been considerable postmortem psychological examination of her life, with each succeeding generation claiming to have the key to her motivations. Her unorthodox lifestyle, disregard of gender norms, and her independence of thought make her a compelling subject of study. Even her historical detractors praise her contributions to the arts.

When she died in April, 1689, she was given an enormous funeral by the Vatican, and she is one of only three women buried in St. Peter's Basilica—contrary to her own wishes for a simpler burial in the Pantheon.





Civilization VI- Gathering Storm - First Look- Sweden

First Look: Sweden

Related achievements[]

Literally Playable
Literally Playable
Win a game as Kristina
The achievement was changed from Take On Me, possibly a reference to the song of the same name by A-ha, although they are a Norwegian band and not a Swedish one. Hence, it was "literally unplayable", a common meme for when a completely minute issue is raised over a game, like in this case the reference being to something Norwegian and not Swedish. Now that it is fixed, it is now "literally playable". May also reference to Kristina's focus on Great Works (including works of literature).
As Kristina, at the start of a turn have cities in five different terrain types (Snow, Tundra, Desert, Plains and Grassland) and have Open Air Museums in all of them.
A smörgåsbord is similar to a buffet, but offers a wider variety of hot and cold meats, salads, hors d'oeuvres, and more.

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