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Swedish Empire

the years 1611–1721 in the history of Sweden

Swedish Empire was, between 1611 and 1718, one of the great powers of Europe. In modern historiography this period is known as the Swedish Empire, or stormaktstiden ("the era of great power").

Swedish Empire
Kingdom of Sweden

Det svenska stormaktsväldet
Konungariket Sverige
1611–1718
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The Swedish Empire at its height in 1658. Overseas possessions are not shown.
The Swedish Empire at its height in 1658. Overseas possessions are not shown.
CapitalStockholm
Common languagesSwedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Estonian, Sami, German, Livonian, Latvian, Danish
Religion
Lutheranism
(Eastern orthodox faith recognized as minority religion)
GovernmentMonarchy
King 
• 1611–1632
Gustav II Adolf the Great
• 1632–1654
Christina
• 1654–1660
Charles X Gustav
• 1660–1697
Charles XI
• 1697–1718
Charles XII
Lord High Chancellor 
• 1612–1654
Axel Oxenstierna
• 1654–1656
Erik Oxenstierna
• 1660–1686
Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie
LegislatureRiksdag of the Estates
Historical eraEarly modern Europe
• Established
1611
• Disestablished
1718
Population
• 17th century
2500000
CurrencyRiksdaler, Mark (until 1664), Carolin (from 1664)
Preceded by
History of Sweden (1611–1648)
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