Johan August Sandels

Count Johan August Sandels (31 August 1764 – 22 January 1831) was a Swedish soldier and politician, being appointed Governor-general of Norway (Riksståthållare in Swedish, Rigsstatholder in Dano-Norwegian) 1818 and Field Marshal in 1824. He also served as acting Over-Governor of Stockholm in 1815.

Johan August Sandels
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Born(1764-08-31)31 August 1764
Stockholm, Sweden
Died22 January 1831(1831-01-22) (aged 66)
Stockholm, Sweden
Allegiance Sweden
Service/branchSwedish Army
Years of service1775–1827
RankField Marshal
Battles/warsFinnish War

War of the Sixth Coalition

Spouse(s)Ulrika Elisabeth Hermelin
Other workGovernor-general of Norway
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Sandels was born in Stockholm. In the Finnish War (1808–1809) on 27 October 1808, he led the Swedish troops to victory against the Russian forces, at the Battle of Koljonvirta. His subordinate officers were Colonel Fahlander, Major Malm and Major Joachim Zachris Duncker.

These events and others in the Finnish War were later retold in a series of epic poems by Johan Ludvig Runeberg. Runeberg's poem tells a story of Sandels having a feast while the enemy mounts a premature attack. Sandels continues his meal and is accused of cowardice, after which he raises and rides to the battle, drives back the enemy and is praised by his men.

Sandels also fought in the Swedish ranks against Napoleon during the War of the Sixth Coalition in 1813 and 1814. He received some award for his services in form of a donation lands in the then Swedish Pomerania.

His granddaughter, Augusta Sandels, married Philip, Prince of Eulenburg and Hertefeld, bringing some Pomeranian inheritance to the Eulenburg family and her descendants. The couple were granted the Prussian title of Count Sandels, in addition to their other titles.

Named after SandelsEdit

Sandels is a beer brewed by Olvi since 1971.[1] Humorous stories about Colonel Sandels (and his love of beer and food) are printed on the back label.


  1. ^ Sandels. Accessed on 5 July 2020.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Johan August Sandels at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Carl Carlsson Mörner
Governor-general of Norway
Succeeded by
Baltzar von Platen