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The Swedish people (or Swedes) represent a civilization in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. They are led by Kristina, under whom their default colors are light blue and yellow.

The Swedes' civilization ability is Nobel Prize, which grants them additional Great Scientist Great Scientist and Great Engineer Great Engineer points from Universities and Factories, generates 50 Diplomatic Favor Diplomatic Favor for each Great Person Great Person they recruit and adds three unique World Congress competitions from the Industrial Era onwards. Their unique unit is the Carolean (which replaces the Pike and Shot), and their unique tile improvement is the Open-Air Museum.


Sweden is equipped with a powerful arsenal of bonuses that allow them to sprint towards both a Cultural and a Diplomatic Victory. Since they can earn so many Great People they can make even Brazil envious, and can generate Diplomatic Favor Diplomatic Favor much more reliably than Canada, it is quite difficult to stop the Swedish machine when they are in motion. In their current incarnation and especially under their default leader (Kristina) however, their ability to win a Domination victory is somewhat diminished, compared to Sweden's incarnation in previous games.

Minerva of the North[]

Kristina's leader ability is an absolutely powerful bonus to help with the Cultural Victory. Every cultural player knows that in order to get the most out of your Archaeological Museums and your Art Museums, you need to move your Great Works around or exchange with other empires to satisfy a theming bonus, which, in all honesty, is a hassle. With Kristina, every Wonder with 2 or more slots and building with 3 or more slots automatically themes when filled, meaning she will always receive double Culture Culture and Tourism Tourism out of her Great Works. You now can just activate all 3 charges of a Great Artist in the same Museum, and voila, it is now themed, just as easy as that; hence this is not only a great ability but also a great quality of life aspect when playing for a Cultural Victory. Not to mention it gives you the ability to theme the previously non-themeable buildings (including Wonders).

The following Wonders and buildings benefit from this ability (excluding the two types of Museums, which are themeable to everyone):

(The two relic Wonders, St. Basil's Cathedral and Mont St. Michel, are themeable for Sweden, although it is pretty weird to have your empire going in this direction.)

The second aspect of this ability comes in the form of the Queen's Bibliotheque, a Tier 2 government building in the Government Plaza. If you want to prioritize building this, you will have to give up the ever so wonderful Intelligence Agency, but the sacrifice is definitely worth it. The Queen's Bibliotheque comes with a whopping 6 slots of Great Works, more than any building or Wonder in the game. Combined with the automatic theming, the Culture Culture and Tourism Tourism bonus is equal to that of 12 Great Works, or 4 full non-themed Museums of other civilizations. The main challenge in using this building is to be able to earn a Great Musician as quickly as possible to fill in the 2 Great Work of Music Great Work of Music slots, but once this is done, it will be the Tourism Tourism hub of your empire.

Nobel Prize[]

Unlike many other civilizations who are geared towards more than one type of victory, Sweden does not have to make a lot of different gameplay choices about which victory you should go for and which you should have as a backup only, as Diplomacy and Culture really go hand in hand. You can easily win a Cultural Victory inadvertently when trying to go for a Diplomatic one, and vice versa. The Swedish civilization's ability increases the rate of earning Great Scientists and Great Engineers when the Medieval Era comes, and whenever Sweden earns a Great Person of any kind, they are rewarded with Diplomatic Favor Diplomatic Favor.

Also, it adds three new types of Scored Competitions to the World Congress. All three Nobel Prize competitions benefit Sweden heavily, especially Literature and Peace when going for a Diplomatic or a Cultural Victory, and Physics when going for a Scientific Victory. The best aspect of this is that Sweden has absolutely no problem winning these competitions, as they all revolve around generating Diplomatic Favor Diplomatic Favor and earning Great People, which Sweden is the undisputed king.

This is another incredible ability which helps push Sweden drastically along the track to victory, especially when the Medieval Era comes. Not only that, a possibility of a Scientific Victory is also wide open with Sweden.

Open-Air Museum[]

The +2 Culture Culture and +2 Tourism Tourism bonus per terrain type is substantial, making it worthwhile to spread out a bit to found cities on the various terrain types. This improvement does not count terrains and their Hills separately, so settling, for example, on both Snow and Snow Hills does not give you more Culture Culture. In other words, the maximum yield you can get is 10 Culture Culture per Open-Air Museum.

Note that you do not need to unlock Flight for the Tourism Tourism bonus to kick in, unlike every other Culture Culture-generating improvement. Also, despite the tooltips saying that this improvement only takes into account cities "founded" by Sweden, it actually counts captured cities as well. Therefore, if you've managed to conquer some cities that were founded on certain types of terrain, you won't need to settle new cities there to get the maximum yield out of your Open-Air Museums.


The Carolean can be equally strong whether on defense or when attacking (though nowhere near as good as its Civilization V counterpart). It is a good idea to prepare for the use of this unit early by training Spearmen or Pikemen, preferably at an Encampment containing a Barracks, and leveling them up to earn the Redeploy Promotion Promotion, which will increase both their strength and mobility when they upgrade to Caroleans. Other abilities which increase Movement Movement rate of units should also be put to use, such as the Logistics policy card (available with Mercantilism) and Great Generals.

The Carolean is, however, far from invincible, especially if overextended. Musketmen are entirely capable of standing up against them due to their bonus against anti-cavalry units. To alleviate this, Caroleans should be backed up by some kind of ranged units, for which they can also provide protection from enemy cavalry. Swedish players should also pay attention to terrain on the battlefield and how many Movement Movement points the Carolean can retain before making the move to attack and keep in mind that pillaging as the Carolean can deprive them of nearly a sixth of their full Strength Combat Strength due to expending Movement Movement points. This is necessary due to the fact that by default it doesn't quite have the mobility of its previous incarnation; for instance it doesn't have the old March promotion, generally forcing it to either use Movement Movement points to pillage or else forgo movement altogether and hold in place if it hasn't just leveled up in combat, in order to heal.

Keep in mind that Roads benefit the Caroleans a lot since Movement Movement points left always get rounded up when calculating for Strength Combat Strength bonuses. It means just a 0.25 Movement Movement points left can still grant your unit 3 Strength Combat Strength bonus like normal. Also, the extra Strength Combat Strength does apply on defense, if the unit didn't attack last turn and didn't use all of its Movement Movement (if it attacked the turn before, its Movement Movement would drop to 0, resulting in no extra Strength Combat Strength on defense).

Victory Types[]

Once it reaches the Medieval Era unpunished, Sweden feels like an unstoppable machine marching towards either a Cultural or a Diplomatic Victory. Thanks to the Nobel Prize ability, a Scientific Victory is not out of the question either, thus should serve as a great backup, although if you determine to go down the Cultural and Diplomatic route, you most likely will win it without needing a backup.

Counter Strategy[]

The strongest ability of Sweden is Kristina's leader ability. This is an incredibly strong ability that can push Sweden towards a Cultural Victory faster than almost any other leaders. Sweden under Kristina loves Great Work slots more than anything else, as she can make use of even terrible Wonders like the Hermitage, so your priority as a player is to deny, or at least try to, deny Wonders with Great Work slots from Sweden. It is very easy to see if Sweden is in the game or not, especially when Industrial Era comes and the three Nobel Prize competitions show up. Also, with the Queen's Bibliotheque and the National History Museum, Swedish Government Plaza can host 10 Great Works, and with the governor Pingala, the city with this district will become a dangerous Tourism Tourism hub that you need to stop. Either trying to conquer it or sending Spies to neutralize Pingala is a great option. You do not have to keep that city, since that city is most likely her Capital Capital, you just need to quickly capture it to steal the Great Works in that city from her. Since this is the Tourism Tourism hub, it is the one with most Great Works, it will be impossible to quickly move all of them before the point of capturing.

Sweden is a civilization that you do not need to wipe completely off the map, since as long as you can keep her territory in check, the ability to vie for Great Person Great People is almost non-existent. The extra Great Scientist Great Scientist point and Great Engineer Great Engineer point are very minor if they do not have a lot of cities, and they distract Sweden from their main strength. Keeping Sweden in the game allows you to still compete in their Nobel Prize competitions where they have no chance of winning if you cripple them enough. These competitions can help you tremendously on a lot of Victory paths that you are pursuing.

Civilopedia entry[]

People have been living in Scandinavia since before the Neolithic period, with the region marked by a distinctive “Battle Axe Culture,” who take their name from the carved stone axes found in period graves of high-status individuals. Small bands and settlements made up the preponderance of settlements, and it was a pagan realm of Viking raiders through the end of the Western Roman Empire (Scandinavian tribes appear to have been part of the period of migration) and up through the start of the medieval period.

Christian missionaries visited during the 9th Century, first by St. Ansgar, but Christianity as a whole was not widely established until the 11th or 12th Centuries, during the time in which the Vikings were at the height of their activity. During this time, there was a gradual change from the traditional Viking way of life towards more of a feudal model, and in 1280, King Magnus Ladulas established a true feudal model of governance in Sweden, with an established nobility owing service to their liege.

This feudal system and consolidated rule of the monarch continued. Sweden's famous “Tre Kronor” heraldry—three golden crowns on a field of blue—was first used in the early 1300s, and is still one of the recognizable symbols of the country. In 1389, the crowns of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway were all held in personal union by the Danish Queen Margareta. The resultant Kalmar Union of 1397 united all three lands under the monarch, but the unification was not peaceful in practice.

Jealousies and internecine strife escalated between Danish and Swedish, factions, drawing in German principalities and the Hanseatic League. The Swedes attempted to gain greater autonomy for themselves over decades, and the matter came to a head when Danish King Kristian II executed a number of prominent people in Stockholm in 1521. This provoked a general revolution, led by the Swedish nobleman Gustav Vasa. He was crowned King Gustav I Vasa of Sweden by the nobility, successfully fended off Danish efforts to remove him, and ruthlessly crushed any opposition to his rule, and for this is generally seen as the father of the modern state.

Sweden was an early convert to nascent Protestantism under the direction of Gustav I, occurring at about the same time as Henry VIII's conversion in England (and under much the same set of circumstances, both being the result of long-simmering conflicts between the king and the pope). Sweden would continue to be a bastion of Lutheranism during the centuries that followed. King Gustav II Adolphus Vasa was one of Sweden's most famous kings, a redoubtable warrior on the Protestant side during the Thirty Years' War, who left Sweden the first-rate power in Northern Europe for the next century. Gustavus Adolphus died at the Battle of Lützen in 1632, and reign passed to his only child, Kristina (see her section for her life).

However, Sweden's control of the Baltic region declined after the Great Northern War in the early 1700s, losing prominence to Russia and its allies—including the Danish-Norwegians. During the Napoleonic Era, Sweden lost the territory of modern Finland to Russia, and was pressed into another union with Norway in 1810 through the French Marshal Jean Baptiste Bernadotte—placed there by Napoleon as part of his reordering of Europe. The new king, who had been a Parisian Jacobin firebrand as a young man, was rumored to have had “Death to Kings” tattooed on his arm.

Eventually, the union with Norway was dissolved at the start of the 20th Century, to the relief of everyone. Rapid industrialization defined the early part of the 20th Century. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, the gift of the chemist and entrepreneur Alfred Nobel, who had come to desire to remembered as something other than an inventor of more efficient ways for people to kill each other.

Sweden had an unbroken policy of neutrality in European wars since the middle of the Napoleonic period. The morality of this policy during World War II was controversial at the time and which is still hotly debated by scholars today. But in the years that followed, Sweden was an ardent supporter of the international order, seeing it as a way to prevent global wars and other political catastrophes.

Sweden's long history has been one of iteration and reform of its political systems and governance, and it has succeeded in creating a stable, orderly, egalitarian society, with a high degree of equality for all its citizens. Having renounced military adventurism for two centuries, it has used those resources to develop the nation, and leads many rankings of quality of life. Sweden has been at the forefront of political solutions for international problems through the United Nations, and the Swedish economist and politician Dag Hammarskjöld served as the second Secretary General of that body and remains one of the best-regarded statesmen of the Twentieth Century. As the Twenty-First Century progresses, the nation continues to endorse its egalitarian principles, as applied to all the nations of the world—and thus Sweden enhances its reputation as a willing arbiter between parties seeking to establish a lasting peace.


Main article: Swedish cities (Civ6)


Males Females Modern males Modern females
Axel Astridh Anders Amanda
Erik Barbro Anton Anna
Gunnar Ebba Björn Elin
Gustav Filippa Filip Elsa
Håkan Greta Johan Emelie
Henric Ida Marcus Emma
Ingvar Öllegård Olof Hanna
Karl Ragna Oskar Josefin
Magnus Sigrid Simon Julia
Sven Thora Viktor Sara




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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