Anton Niklas Sundberg

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The Most Reverend

Anton Niklas Sundberg
Archbishop of Uppsala
Primate of Sweden
Portrait of swedish arch bishop anton niklas sundberg.jpg
ChurchChurch of Sweden
In office1870-1900
PredecessorHenrik Reuterdahl
SuccessorJohan August Ekman
Consecration6 March 1864
by Henrik Reuterdahl
Personal details
Born(1818-05-27)27 May 1818
Uddevalla, Sweden
Died2 February 1900(1900-02-02) (aged 81)
Uppsala, Sweden
BuriedUppsala old cemetery
ParentsSven Sundberg
Sara Katarina Lund
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Anton Niklas Sundberg (27 May 1818, Uddevalla – 2 February 1900) was a Lutheran clergyman, and the Church of Sweden archbishop of Uppsala 1870–1900.[1]

He acquired a philosophy doctor's degree in Uppsala, became dean and was ordained a clergyman, and then undertook travel through Europe in 1849-50. He was known as a controversial person; very outspoken, no stranger to using strong language and despising hypocrisy, but he displayed a remarkable sense of wit and authority. At a dinner party he once exclaimed "Next to godliness and chastity, small schnapps glasses are the worst I know!" which became a somewhat familiar quotation in Sweden.

Sundberg was a member of the Swedish Academy from 1874 and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from 1877.


  1. ^ "Religious Organizations" (in Swedish). World Statesmen. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Henrik Reuterdahl
Archbishop of Uppsala
Succeeded by
Johan August Ekman
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Ludvig Manderström
Swedish Academy,
Seat No.15

Succeeded by
Gottfrid Billing