In honour of expanding our business to Sweden, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Premier League Swedish Imports.

In all 57 players have been on the books of English Premier League (EPL) teams so we’ve narrowed them down, our top 10 have all played 4 or more seasons in the EPL and have all been capped by their country.

Only 13 of the 57 have played more than 4 seasons in the EPL, so we’ve only cut three of them from our top ten.

The three who were 'bubbling under' and didn’t quite make it were Blackburn Rovers’ Nils-Eric Johansson, along with Charlton and Norwich striker Mathias Svensson and despite his famous wonder goal against Liverpool in 2004, we also couldn’t find a place for Tottenham and Wigan’s Erik Edman.

Swedish people are known for their fairness and calm perspective so we thought we’d present the top ten in the fairest possible way, so they are in alphabetical order:

Niclas Alexandersson

(Sheffield Wednesday 1997-2000, Everton 2000-2003, West Ham United (loan) 2003. Sweden 109 caps.)

 

Originally brought to the UK by Ron Atkinson to play for Sheffield Wednesday, Alexandersson was an Owls fans’ favourite winning their player of the season award in 1999.

A dribbling right winger and full back, he went on to play 58 games for Everton before returning to IFK Goteborg. He made 109 appearances for his country and scored a cracker against England during a 1-1 draw at the 2002 World Cup.

Magnus Hedman

(Coventry City 1997-2002. Sweden 58 caps.)

 

Coventry City’s goalkeeping stalwart Magnus Hedman’s playing time in the EPL was brief, due to time shared with Chris Kirkland and the sky blues subsequent relegation. However, he’s worthy of a place on our list as the archetypal nearly man.

Famously confronted about his commitment on the pitch by a Coventry supporter, he went on to become ‘Mr Back-up’ signing but never playing for Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Johan Elmander

(Bolton Wanderers 2008-2011, Norwich City (loan from Galatasaray) 2013-2014. Sweden 85 caps.)

 

Elmander signed for Bolton in 2008 as the club’s record singing for £8.2 million. He scored on his debut against Stoke City but struggled to ever score enough goals to justify his fee. However his name was written into Trotters’ history when his goal against Wolves in 2010 was voted the greatest ever Englsih Premier League goal in a poll by The Guardian.

A tireless and eager player he also played for Norwich and still makes the Swedish squad.

Sebastian Larsson

(Arsenal 2004-2007, Birmingham City (loan) 2006-007, Birmingham City 2007-2011, Sunderland 2011-current. Sweden 77 caps.)

 

Sebastian Bengt Ulf Larsson aka ‘Seb’ was spotted by an Arsenal scout playing for his home town of Eskilstuna and at the age of 16 brought straight to London. However he struggled to displace some of the big names at Arsenal and moved to Birmingham City where he became known as a killer free kick specialist scoring against Tottenham, Portsmouth and Liverpool in 2007.

In 2011 he re-joined former Birmingham manager Steve Bruce at Sunderland on a Bosman deal. He scored on his debut, when Liverpool were once again the victims in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Anders Limpar

(Arsenal 1990-1994, Everton 1994-1997. Birmingham City 1997. Sweden 58 caps.)

 

Anders Limpar was a product of the famous Brommapojkarna ‘production line’ of talent in Sweden and after over 100 games in his home country went on to play for Young Boys of Berne and Cremonese in Italy.

He joined Arsenal in 1990 and played 96 times for them, scoring 11 league goals from the wing in 1991, a feat which won him the Guldbollen, Swedish football’s player of the year award.

He also went on to become a favourite at Everton where exciting wingers have always been treasured.

Fredrik Ljungberg

(Arsenal 1998-2007, West Ham United 2007-2008. Sweden 75 caps.)

 

If we had decided to make this a top ten in order of quality and service to the EPL, then it’s pretty likely that Freddie Ljungberg would have been at the top.

An amazing servant to Arsenal he made 216 appearances for them, scoring 72 goals. Successful model, blogger and businessman he could have also played international handball or ice hockey.

He also played for West Ham United in England and scored 14 goals for Sweden, winning 75 caps.

Olof Mellberg

(Aston Villa 2001-2008. Sweden 117 caps.)

 

Revered by Aston Villa fans as one of their greatest ever players Olof Mellberg is rare in being a one-club Swede in the EPL. Freddy Ljungberg played more games but did it for two clubs. Bought by David O’Leary from Racing Santander in 2001 he went on to play 232 games for the Villains. He was so popular at the club that his last game was made ‘Olof Mellberg Day’.

An away game at West Ham, he wrote himself in to fan folklore by giving every travelling Villa fan a shirt with ‘Thanks 4 Your Support’ on the back, 4 being his own number. He went to play for Juventus and three other clubs and to captain his country.

Jonas Olsson

(West Bromwich Albion 2008-current. Sweden 25 caps.)

 

Jonas Olsson is one of only four Swedes currently plying their trade in the Premier League (all of them feature in our top ten except Ola Toivenen, who only joined Sunderland this year). A solid centre back and a great servant for the Baggies he has already amassed 225 appearances, putting him well in reach of Olof Mellberg territory.

After playing in Holland with NEC, Olsson was courted by Bolton, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Everton before arriving at The Hawthorns in 2008. As usual with Swedish players he is a fan favourite and has stated he wants to become a human rights lawyer when he retires from the game.

Martin Olsson

(Blackburn Rovers 2007-2013, Norwich City 2013-current. Sweden 30 caps.)

 

Martin Olsson’s youth career began at Hogaborgs BK, the same club where Henrik Larsson started. He signed professional terms with Blackburn in 2007 and made his debut in a UEFA Cup qualifier coming on for Stephen Warnock, whom he would eventually replace at left back for the club.

He was voted Rovers’ young player of the year in that first season and went on to make 117 appearances. He signed for Norwich City in 2013 and became a regular first-teamer.

His brother Marcus is still at Blackburn and their brother-in-law Dirk Nowitzki is an NBA basketball player for Dallas Mavericks.

Anders Svensson

(Southampton 2001-2005. Sweden 148 caps.)

 

Another Swedish warhorse midfielder and another dead ball specialist, Anders Svensson is Sweden’s most capped player and the 5th most capped player in Europe, tied on 148 with Gianluigi Buffon. Although he has stepped down from international duty he is still playing top flight football, back at his original club of Elfsborg.

Over two spells he has amassed 412 games so far for the club. Quite a feat when you consider he also played 140 times for Southampton, chipping in 10 goals. He is known in Sweden as Taco-Anders after he let slip in an interview on Swedish TV that his favourite meal is tacos.