Swedish Academy

The Swedish Academy (Swedish: Svenska Akademien), founded in 1786 by King Gustav III, is one of the Royal Academies of Sweden. Its 18 members, who are elected for life, comprise the highest Swedish language authority. Outside Scandinavia, it is best known as the body that chooses the laureates for the annual Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded in memory of the donor Alfred Nobel.

Swedish Academy
Svenska Akademien
Formation20 March 1786; 236 years ago (20 March 1786)
TypeRoyal academy
HeadquartersStock Exchange Building, Stockholm
18 members
Permanent secretary
Mats Malm

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