Samfundet De Nio

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Samfundet De Nio (The Nine Society) is a Swedish literary society founded on 14 February 1913 in Stockholm by a testamentary donation from writer Lotten von Kraemer.[1][2] The society has nine members who are elected for life. Its purpose is to promote Swedish literature, peace and women's issues.[3] It mainly presents a number of literary awards.[4] It was started as an alternative to the Swedish Academy and is often compared to its more noted cousin.[5][6]


Four seats are always held by women and four by men. Seat number one, the chair, alternates between men and women.[7]

Current members: Inge Jonsson (chair), Nina Burton, Anders R Öhman, Kerstin Ekman, Gunnar Harding, Agneta Pleijel, Niklas Rådström, Madeleine Gustafsson, Johan Svedjedal[7]

Original members: Viktor Almquist (chair), Selma Lagerlöf, Karl Wåhlin, Ellen Key, Erik Hedén, Kerstin Hård af Segerstad, Göran Björkman, Anna-Maria Roos, John Landquist[7]

Some notable members over the years have been Astrid Lindgren, Elin Wägner, Hjalmar Gullberg, Anders Olsson, Gunnel Vallquist, Karin Boye, Sara Lidman, and Knut Ahnlund.[7]


List of all winners

Winners of the Grand Prize[edit]



The annual publication Vår Tid (Our Time) was published 1916–1925 and 1930. Svensk Litteraturtidskrift (ISSN 0039-663X) was published from 1938 to 1983.[2][10][11] It contained essays, reviews and other texts about Swedish literature. Editors have included Olle Holmberg, Algot Werin and Knut Ahnlund.[12] Samfundet De Nio also published Artes (1975–2005) together with the Swedish Academy, Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts.[13] Since 2003 they publish a literary calendar together with Norstedts Förlag.[6][7]


  1. ^ Lindorm, Erik (1979). Gustaf V och hans tid 1907–1918 (in Swedish). p. 245. ISBN 91-46-13376-3.
  2. ^ a b "Samfundet De Nio". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Bra Böcker. 1995. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  3. ^ "De Nio prisar Inger Alfvén" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Posten. 7 December 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2008. Samfundet De Nio är en litterär akademi som grundades 1913, med syfte att främja skönlitteratur, freds- och kvinnofrågor.[dead link]
  4. ^ Hernadi, Alexandra (14 May 2005). "De nio prisar två författare" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 31 December 2008. Samfundet De nio är en litterär akademi med nio ledamöter som valts på livstid. Akademien bildades efter en donation av författaren Lotten von Kraemer 1913 och har till uppgift att dela ut litterära priser.
  5. ^ "De nio litterär kalender 2003" (in Swedish). Norstedts Förlag. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  6. ^ a b Olofsson, Tommy (29 December 2004). "Key och Almqvist sitter bra i De Nios kalender" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Official website" (in Swedish). Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Samfundet De Nios stora pris". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Bra Böcker. 1995.
  9. ^ "Complete list of winners" (PDF). Samfundet De Nio. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 August 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Svensk litteraturtidskrift". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 December 2008. Utgiven av Samfundet De Nio.
  11. ^ "Svensk litteraturtidskrift" (in Swedish). Karolinska Institutet library. Retrieved 31 December 2008. Utgivning: Stockholm : Exp., 1938-1983
  12. ^ "Svensk Litteraturtidskrift". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Bra Böcker. 1995. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  13. ^ "Artes" (in Swedish). Retrieved 31 December 2008.

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