Axel Oxenstierna

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Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna af Södermöre (pronounced [ˈʊksɛnˌʃɛrna]  ( listen); June 16, 1583 – August 28, 1654), Count of Södermöre, was a Swedish statesman.[1] He became a member of the Privy Council in 1609 and served as Lord High Chancellor of Sweden from 1612 until his death. He was a confidant of both Gustavus Adolphus and later Queen Christina.[2]

Oxenstierna is widely considered one of the most influential people in Swedish history. He played an important role during the Thirty Years' War and was appointed Governor-General of occupied Prussia; he also laid the foundations of Swedish central government administration.

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