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John III of Sweden

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Johan III


Portrait by Johan Baptista van Uther (1582).

ReignFrom September 29, 1568


- until November 17, 1592

CoronationJuly 10, 1569
Royal motto "Deus protector noster"
("God our defender")
ConsortsCatherine of Poland


Gunilla Bielke

Royal HouseVasa
Date of BirthDecember 20, 1537
Place of BirthStegeborg, Ostrogothia
Date of DeathNovember 17, 1592
Place of DeathStockholm
Place of BurialUppsala Cathedral, Uppsala

John III of Sweden or Johan III of the Royal House of Vasa, was the king of Sweden (15681592). He was also the ruler of Finland as Duke John or Hertig Johan (15561563). In 1581 he assumed also the title the Grand Duke of Finland. He is sometimes known under the name Johan III Vasa.

He was born on December 23, 1537 as the son of Gustav I of Sweden, and died on November 27, 1592. He married his first wife, Catherine Jagellonica of Poland (15261583), house of Jagiello, in Vilnius on October 4, 1562. In Sweden she is known as Katarina Jagellonica and she was the sister of king Sigismund II of Poland. Their children were:

  1. Isabella (15641566)
  2. Sigismund king of Sweden, and king of Poland (15661632)
  3. Anna (15681625)

He married his second wife Gunilla Bielke (1568–c. 1592) on February 21, 1584 and together they had the son:

  1. John (Johan) (15891618), Duke of Ostrogothia. The young duke married his first cousin Mary Elisabeth, daughter of Charles IX of Sweden

Together with his mistress Karin Hansdotter he had at least four illegitimate children:

  1. Julius Gyllenhielm (15591581)
  2. Augustus (died 1560)
  3. Sofia (died 1583)
  4. Lucretia (died 1585)

See also: History of SwedenFoundation of Modern Sweden

Preceded by:
Gustav I
Duke of Finland Succeeded by:
Eric XIV
Preceded by:
Eric XIV
King of Sweden Succeeded by:
Sigismund
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