Johan Ludvig Runeberg: (1804-1877) Finnish-Swedish Poet
Johan Ludvig Runeberg was born in Jakobstad, Swedish Finland (now Pietarsaari,
Fin) on February 5, 1804. He left the University of
In 1830 he published his first volume of poems.
In 1831 his verse romance of Finnish life, Grafven i Perrho, received
the small gold medal of the
In 1832, he founded the Helsingfors Morgonblad,
a literary and philosophical paper, which was very popular Sweden and
Johan Runeberg is recognized in both Sweden and Finland for his poetry and epic writing. His works awakened a sense of common history among both Finnish and Swedish speakers in Finland, playing an important role in creating a sense of national identity.
Johan Ludvig Runeberg died May 6, 1877.