Mother Svea with the Swedish Lion.
Mother Svea, or Moder Svea is a national emblem of Sweden. Her name, Svea, is a Swedish female name which derives from Svealand, one of the constituent Lands upon the formation of the Swedish kingdom. The character is considered to have been created by Anders Leijonstedt in 1672, but only gained wide-spread popularity through Gunno Dalstierna in 1698. She appeared frequently as a national symbol in the 19th century Swedish literature.