Ah, Sweden, the Scandinavian country that has gotten so many things right it’s hard not to love them. They have universal health care, free post-secondary education for their citizens, and use the krona instead of the euro. Not to mention they have a monarchy that dates back over 1000 years and have, somehow, maintained peace since 1814.
These Germanic people have an ancient connection to their land. They are directly descended from the Norsemen or Vikings so it’s no wonder that they have preserved their Kingdom in the modern world. And while it is widely accepted that Sweden is a country rich with history and quality of life, it cannot be denied that they are wildly more famous for something superficial: their good looks. Beyond beautiful, the people that hail from Sweden are so stunning, so radiant, so captivating some would call them demigods. It isn’t so surprising then that so many of these cherubs have taken over both the small and big screen.
17. Elsa Hosk
This Swedish knockout has been modelling since she was 14 years old. Although she put her career on hold to pursue her love for professional basketball, Elsa returned to modeling after two years, moving to New York where she would quickly become one of the most sought-after women in the industry. She has modeled for Guess, Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana (to name a few), but her work with Victoria Secret is arguably her most excitable. She has appeared in the annual Victoria Secret fashion show for the past five years and last year was named one of the new Victoria Secret Angels. Worshipers of this Swedish goddess can rejoice because this sexy bombshell isn’t going anywhere.
16. Helena Mattsson
Helena Mattsson was born in Stockholm, and, like many other goddesses in this article, began modelling at a young age. When she was old enough to leave home, she moved to London to become an actress, and, upon being cast in the television show Sweden, Ohio, Helena moved to LA. Since working in Hollywood, Helena has since been cast in popular films such as Seven Psychopaths and Iron Man 2. Most recently, she acted in the 5th season of American Horror Story as Agnetha, the sexy Scandinavian tourist staying at the Cortez Hotel.
15. Katia Winter
This captivating Scandinavian princess in most famous for role as Katrina Crane in the Fox TV series Sleepy Hollow but she gained widespread recognition for her role as Nadia in Dexter. When Katia was young she left Sweden and moved to London where she began acting in British television. She was cast as Bella in Menhaj Huda’s coming-of-age film Everywhere and Nowhere. Freshly single, Katia filed for divorce from her husband Jesse Glick in February, and with more than one project in pre-production, it doesn’t look like Miss Winter is planning on heading back to Sweden any time soon.
14. Alicia Vikander
This Swedish-born starlet and dancer began her acting career as a child, performing in television shows and short films across the country. She garnered international praise for her role in the Academy Award-nominated film A Royal Affair (2012). In 2015 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her exceptional performance of an AI in Ex Machina. Rising quickly in fame, Vikander became the new face of Louis Vuitton last year. On July 29, 2016 fans can see this sexy Swede star alongside Matt Damon in Paul Greengrass’s film Jason Bourne.
13. Mercedes Mason
This beautiful brunette was born in Sweden but moved to the United States when she was only 12 years old. After less than a year in Chicago, Mercedes began modeling for FORD and this exposure led to a steady acting career. She has appeared in shows like Entourage and The Closer and Chuck and the films Red Sands and Quarantine 2: Terminal. Fans of Miss Mason have recently been able to see her in NCIS: Los Angeles as the gorgeous DEA Agent Talia Del Campo and AMC’s hit new show Fear the Walking Dead as Ofelia Slazar.
12. Olinda Castielle
Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1976, this 39 year-old TV personality is so dazzling it hurts. She gained notoriety on the 2005 Swedish television show Paradise Hotel by becoming one of the most detested contestants on the show (who was still a contestant despite being eliminated twice). In 2006 she participated in the 2nd season of the American TV series Joe Millionaire where she delivered another memorable performance as the villain, she was eliminated in episode 5. Olinda is also a painter and the business owner of the sexy clothing line Maison De Castielle.
11. Malin Akerman
Born in Stockholm, Sweden but raised in Toronto, Canada, Malin Akerman is perhaps the most exquisite star on this list, and handsdown the funniest. She’s made us laugh in the popular television comedies: Childrens Hospital as the knockout Dr. Valerie Flame, Trophy Wife as Kate Harrison and in The Comeback as Juna Millken. She’s also starred in the hilarious films The Heartbreak Kid, Couples Retreat and Wanderlust. Most recently she can be seen in the new hit Showtime drama Billions across Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, proving that this lovely and unstoppable Swedish Queen of Hollywood is as talented as she is absolutely gorgeous.
10. Noomi Rapace
This alluring Swedish star was born in 1979 in Hudiksvall, Sweden. She began her acting career at the age of 7 and by the time she was 15, moved to Stockholm to become a student at the Stockholm Theatre School. She had a recurring role on the popular Swedish TV series Tre kronor, but became more well-known after her breakout role as Anna in Simon Staho’s Daisy Diamond (2007). Rapace became an international star following her extraordinary performance of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. She went on to star in the trilogy: The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009). North American audiences will recognize this beauty from Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012). Fans can look forward to her upcoming role as Amy Winehouse in the 2016 release of the film about the fallen singer-songwriter.
9. Victoria Silvstedt
Even though 20 years have passed since Victoria was announced as Playboy of the Year, this 41 year-old Swedish model is still proving that she is as sexy as any rising young star. You probably haven’t forgotten about her jaw-dropping performance in BASEketball (1998) because, well, how could you? This stunning Swede continues to showoff her glorious body to the world. Whether she is participating in a photo shoot, walking along the beach in her bikini or lounging on a yacht, she is a woman the paparazzi just can’t seem to leave alone, and we don’t think anyone’s complaining.
8. Dani Karlsson
This seductive Swedish model was born in Malmö, Sweden and holds the title for Miss World Sweden 2010. She was the model on behalf of Sweden in the Miss World 2010. She is currently living in Los Angeles where she is modeling for Monica Hansen, painting, fostering multiple animals, and living just generally a kick-ass life. You can follow her on Instagram at @itsmeyourdani.se to see what this sexy Swede is getting up to.
7. Alexander Skarsgard
Yes, a man. A sexy, sexy, man. Most famous for his starring role as Eric Northman in HBO’s True Blood, this Swedish born actor has stolen the hearts of men and women alike. Son of actor Stelan Skarsgard (Good Will Hunting), Alex is arguably one of the sexiest Skarsgard’s on screen today. Although Alex has acted alongside Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in Zoolander (2001) he gained recognition in America after his role of Sgt. Brad “Iceman” Colbert in Generation Kill. Fans are drooling with anticipation for his upcoming role as Tarzan in the 2016 film The Legend of Tarzan. A Skarsgard swinging topless from a rope? Yes, please!
6. MyAnna Buring
Born in Sundsvall, Sweden, this memorizing beauty has been acting since 2004. Although she was born in Sweden, she grew up in Muscat, Oman and London, England. She attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and upon graduation started acting in film, television, as well as on stage. She has acted in shows such as Downton Abbey and Ripper Street but is most well-known for her roles in Neil Marshall’s The Descent, Lesbian Vampire Killers, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2 as the vampire Tanya.
5. Caroline Maria Winberg
This tall, sexy Swedish model and actress was born in Sollentuna, Sweden. Although she was considered a tomboy in her youth playing football she was quickly scooped up by a modeling agent. By the time she was 16 she was modeling for Armani, Ralph Loren, Adidas and Vogue. In 2011, she acted in her first and only film Limitless with Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. She has also played a mentor on the TV series The Face UK (2013). She has also appeared in multiple Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
4. Frida Gustavsson
Self proclaimed feminist and horse lover, model Frida Gustavsson of IMG Models and Maybelline began her career in 2008 when she moved to Japan to follow her dreams. She was been featured in fashion shows for a plethora of designers including Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent. She became the face of Maybelline in 2013 and her career has only since gained momentum. In 2015, she married Swedish photographer Hjalmar Rechlin wearing a elegant Valentino dress with baby’s breath in her hair. She also acted in the 2015 mini-series Arne Dahl: Efterskalv Most recently she graced the cover of Elle Sweden in the March 2016 issue.
3. Mini Andén
When Mini was 15 years old she joined Elite Model Management and became a famous actress fairly quickly. She has modeled for practically everyone worth modeling for, including Calvin Klein, Vogue, Louis Vitton, Gucci, Victoria’s Secret, Armani, BCBG, you name it and she’s probably modeled for it! She’s also appeared on television as a host of the 2005 season of Scandinavia’s Next Top Model but has also acted in the popular TV shows like Chuck and Fashion House. In 2001 she married model Taber Schroeder and has lived with him in LA since. You can follow her on twitter @TheMiniAnden.
2. Rebecca Ferguson
Raised in Stockholm, Sweden, this stunning Scandinavian star grew up bilingual speaking both Swedish and English. In 1999, at only 16 years old she began acting in a soap-opera called Nya tider. She has since acted in many prominent films like Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and A One-Way Trip to Antibes (2011). Fans of Rebecca’s will be happy to hear that she has a lot of upcoming projects in the works including the 6th installment of Mission: Impossible. She has been receiving a lot of attention for Tate Taylor’s highly anticipated mystery-thriller The Girl on the Train alongside Emily Blunt, scheduled to release in October 2016.
1. Izabella Scorupco
Although Izabella was born in Poland, she moved to Sweden when she was very young and grew up in Stockholm. She began her career as a model in her teenage years, appearing on the cover of Vogue. She also had a succesfull career as a singer and released an album in 1991 called IZA. She has appeared on television and film including hosting the 2012 season of Sweden’s Next Top Model and acting in Excorcist: The Beginning. However, Izabella is most famous for her 1995 role as the Bond Girl Natalya Simonova in Golden Eye alongside Pierce Brosnan.