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Olov Svebilius (1 January 1624 - 29 June 1700) was Bishop of Linköping from 1678 till 1681 and Archbishop of Uppsala between 1681 and 1700.

The Most Reverend

Olov Svebilius

Archbishop of Uppsala
Primate of Sweden
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ChurchChurch of Sweden
In office1681-1700
PredecessorJohan Baazius the younger
SuccessorErik Benzelius the elder
Consecration8 December 1678
by Johan Baazius the younger
RankMetropolitan Archbishop
Personal details
Born(1624-01-01)1 January 1624
Ljungby, Sweden
Died29 June 1700(1700-06-29) (aged 76)
Uppsala, Sweden
Previous postBishop of Linköping (1678-1681)
Alma materUppsala University


He was born in Ljungby, close to Kalmar in Sweden on 1 January 1624 and died on 29 June 1700. He studied at the University of Uppsala 1638, two years later he enrolled in the Königsberg University, and thereafter moved back to Uppsala to finish his studies.

Together with two Swedish members of the nobility he undertook a travel through Europe in 1651-1656. On returning he was ordained priest and later vicar. In 1663 he was appointed vicar in his home town Ljungby where he was very comfortable.

He was appointed court chaplain in 1668 and gave the King communion in 1670. He was also entrusted with commissioning the new Bible translation and revising the Swedish book of hymns.

He published many works. The most notable is perhaps A simple explanation of Martin Luther's little catechism, a book that was read throughout the country.

He was the Speaker of the Clergy in the Riksdag between 1682-1697. He is said to have been a person of great authority.

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