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Gustav I of Sweden

Gustav Vasa
ReignFrom June 6, 1523
- until September 29, 1560
Regency from August, 1521.
CoronationJanuary 12, 1528
Royal motto "Omnis potestas a Deo est"
("All power is of God")
QueensCatherine of Saxony-Lauenburg
Margareta Leijonhufvud
Katarina Stenbock
Royal HouseVasa
PredecessorChristian II of Sweden
SuccessorEric XIV of Sweden
Date of BirthProbably May 12, 1496
Place of BirthLindesholm, Uplandia
Date of DeathSeptember 29, 1560
\'Place of Death'Stockholm, Sweden
Place of BurialUppsala Cathedral, Uppsala

Gustav I of Sweden, Gustav Vasa or Gustav Eriksson Vasa (1496-1560), became the king of Sweden in 1523 and he was the first monarch of the house of Vasa. He became the regent of Sweden in 1521 after leading the rebellion against the sitting monarch of the Kalmar Union. He also introduced Protestantism in Sweden.

Gustav's first wife was Catherine of Saxony-Lauenburg-Ratzeburg (1513-1535), whom he maried on September 24, 1531. They had the son:

  1. Eric XIV (1533-1577)

On October 1, 1536 he married his second wife Margareta Leijonhufvud (1514 - 1551). Their children were:

  1. John III (Johan III) (1537-1592)
  2. Katharina (1539-1610)
  3. Cecelia (1540-1627)
  4. Magnus (1542-1595)
  5. Carl (1544)
  6. Anna Maria (1545-1610)
  7. Sten (1546-1549)
  8. Sofia (1547-1611)
  9. Elisabeth (1549-1598)
  10. Charles IX (Carl IX) (1550-1611)

In 1535 he married his third wife Katarina Stenbock (1535-1621).

Preceded by:
Christian II
List of Swedish monarchs Succeeded by:
Eric XIV
List of Finnish rulers Succeeded by:
Duke John