Elias Fries, Femsjö’s most famous son


Among all the people who ever lived in Femsjö, one person became world famous: Elias Fries. From humble beginnings as the clergyman’s son in Femsjö, this man made very significant contributions to the world of botanical science. During the 19th century he was active in Swedish cultural and political life at national level.

But in spite of his career he remained a modest man, conversing in his local Femsjö accent while at the same time he had no difficulty in communicating with the educated elite in Latin or reading the Greek philosopher’s work in classic Greek. Here, readers have a chance to get acquainted with episodes of the life of this remarkable man.