Sports in Sweden


  • 31 May 1903: Riksidrottsförbundet is formed.
  • 6-27 July 1912: Stockholm is host for the Olympic games.
  • 1920: Icehockey is introduced in Sweden.
  • 13 August 1948: Sweden takes Olympic gold in football in London.
  • Ca. early 1970: Organized women's bandy and women's soccer are breaking through in Sweden.
  • Ca.1973-1998 :Swedish tennis is experiencing a strong period on the men's side, with names such as Björn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg as well as several Swedish final victories in the Davis Cup.
  • 27 May 1984: Sweden wins the European Championship in women's soccer.
  • 2000: The first sports gala (Idrottsgalan) is held.
  • 16 July 2011: Sweden takes bronze in the World championships for women's soccer in Germany.
Claycourt tennis

Profiles and statistics

The most common sports practiced in Sweden are football, which is by far the most popular on the men's / boy's side and gymnastics on the women's / girls' side. Other popular sports on the men's side are ice hockey, floorball (innebandy) and golf. On the women's side, football, equestrian sports and athletics.

Sweden have had many profiles in various sports over the years, for example Ingemar Stenmark, Jan-Ove Waldner, Jenny Rissveds, Carolina Clüft, Christian Olsson, Peter Forsberg, Börje Salming, Charlotte Kalla, Gunde Svan, Stina Nilsson, Björn Borg and many many more.

We also have some local celebrities here from Avesta, such as Niklas Lidström (ice hockey), Tony Richardsson (speedway), Mattias Ekström (car sports), Jan Hammar (ice hockey) and more.

Sources: Wikipedia