Eva Gabrielsson

Arguably best known for being the long-time partner of the late Stieg Larsson, the famous Swedish novelist who wrote the Millennium series, Eva Gabrielsson has established herself as a notable author, architect, feminist, and prominent activist in the political arena.

Who is Eva Gabrielsson?

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Born on November 17th, 1953, Eva Gabrielsson has lived an almost storied life that has included many different activities which have mostly been associated with her partner, Stieg Larsson, in a relationship that lasted from 1974 to his untimely death in 2004.

Her Life with Larsson

The relationship grew out of love and mutual interest in the politics of Sweden which continued for the entire time that they were together. With Larsson being one of the most noted experts on the neo-Nazi movement in Sweden, Eva joined him in helping to expose these extreme right-wing, anti-democratic organizations which carried with it the risks of danger to them both.

Therefore, Eva and Stieg never married because he feared that the anti-Nazi work he was doing would put her at risk of assassination just like him. There would be no paper trail to link them together in terms of their financial or legal status so she could remain clear of any retaliation from the extremists. The 30 years she spent with Stieg are chronicled in her book, “There are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me”, an autobiography that reveals much about their lives together.

In her autobiography, she described Stieg as many things, including an unsuccessful journalist and businessman, a feminist, and a fighter for social causes along with being a force against the neo-Nazi movement in Sweden. Larsson founded Expo, an anti-fascist publication in 1995 and began to create the Millennium series which became an international success. Three of his works of the planned 10-volume series were published and a fourth was planned with about 200 pages already written.

Unfortunately for Eva, when Stieg died unexpectedly in 2004 from a heart attack, she was in no position to take control of his estate because he didn’t leave a will behind. Instead, according to Swedish law, Larsson’s estate went to his father and brother, even though Stieg had been estranged from his father for quite some time. In fact, Stieg had spent a considerable amount of time during his childhood with his grandparents who essentially raised him for nine years.

Eva was left out in the cold essentially and to this day has felt like she was dispossessed because of the situation with the estate and how Stieg’s father and brother have managed it since his death.

Eva’s Fight for Larsson’s Legacy

With Stieg’s father and brother running the estate, Eva has been negotiating with them over control of his works. Since Eva has made some noted contributions to the works of Stieg Larsson, the legal rights have been in dispute since his death.

This has not prevented the media rights from being sold for the creation of three Swedish films from the Millennium series, which includes “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played with Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”, all three starring Noomi Rapace, who has gone on to a successful career in American films. In addition, an English version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was made starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

Eva’s fight has been over the literary rights to all of Stieg’s work and she has refused an offer of $3.3 million from Stieg’s father and brother to settle the matter. She has claimed in interviews that she will not be bought, so the fight continues.


Her most famous work is arguably her memoir about her life with Stieg, but she has authored other works which have gained in prominence as well. She has stated that it was never her intention to write an account of her life with Stieg, but rather it was a coping process after losing her partner to help get through the grief. Eva had kept a diary of their time together and turned that into a book, the title of which comes from a time in which Larsson was on a trip to Africa in 1977 and believed that he would not make it back.

She has co-authored several books and literary projects which includes a government study in Sweden on creating sustainable housing, a monograph about co-habitation, and a new study with Per Olof Hallman, a noted Swedish urban planner.

Other Information

In addition to her own works, she has translated the novel “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick into the Swedish language. She has been a tireless advocate to end violence against women, and she continues her architectural practice that involves both office and housing construction. A part of her work in this field involves an initiative by the European Union to fashion architecture that is sustainable in the region of Dalecarlia.

One of the more interesting theories that has been bandied about by those who knew Stieg Larsson, most notably his friends Kurdo Baksi and Anders Hellberg, is that the Millennium series is something that was out of character for the author. His friends are convinced that Eva Gabrielsson had something to do with writing it and perhaps even co-authored the work.

Eva has been quoted several times on the subject, including one interview where a co-authorship was implied. However, she has clarified her statements since that time stating that it was Stieg Larsson who was responsible for the craftsmanship and writing of the series. Her contributions were more along the lines of suggesting some content which included some ideas that she had regarding the work.

In any event, Eva Gabrielsson remains a strong figure in Sweden and while closely associated with her late partner Stieg Larsson, she has managed to carve out her own identity.

By Editor

319 thoughts on “Eva Gabrielsson”
  1. I have read the girl with the dragon tattoo and it is awesome. I do not agree with him on his polictial views but that does not take away his abilty to write a damn good book. I am looking forward to reading all his books


    1. He had 32 years with Eva and he did not, in all that time, make an effort, IN A LEGAL FASHION, to assure that she benefited from the proceeds of his work (whenever,upon his death or before). Why didn’t he? Maybe this situation is just where he wanted it to be. If he wanted too, he could have done WHATEVER, to avoid this mess. He didn’t. Get over it.

      – Olaf,

      1. Did you bother reading the reasons why he did not want any paper trail leading to Eva (and as little as possible leading to himself)? Due to his life work, he was under constant threat of assassination. I do agree that he should have found a way to provide for her in the event of his death (which occurred unexpectedly at age 50), but totally disagree that he did not want to leave his assets to her. Everyone close to him said he was devoted to Eva, who had been his partner in every way for his entire adult life. She had also contributed to his work. He was ESTRANGED from his father, and it seems quite clear that he did not want his father and brother to have control of his estate. He and Eva had very little money when he died (the first book had not been released yet), and he had no idea that he was about to become wealthy. His friends also agree that David Lagercrantz was not an author Larsson would want to continue his work.

  2. I have read the girl with the dragon tattoo and it is awesome. I do not agree with him on his polictial views but that does not take away his abilty to write a damn good book. I am looking forward to reading all his books


    1. He had 32 years with Eva and he did not, in all that time, make an effort, IN A LEGAL FASHION, to assure that she benefited from the proceeds of his work (whenever,upon his death or before). Why didn’t he? Maybe this situation is just where he wanted it to be. If he wanted too, he could have done WHATEVER, to avoid this mess. He didn’t. Get over it.

      – Olaf,

  3. My goodness – why do families do this instead of honoring their dead by doing what is right; what he would have wanted? I have only read the first book and I am mesmerized. I hope that his lady receives 50% of all proceeds.

    Molly Barg,

  4. We are looking forward to read the book! We hope it will be soon translated and published in Belgium. You have all our support and we hope you have good friends surrounding you when you have tough moments! Zeer genegen, Peter en Kristien from Belgium.

    meesschaert kristien,

  5. Isn’t it time to change the Swedish common law rules? To be together as a couple for 30 years as common law marriage and plan a book series together and then as your partner dies the survivor doesn’t get the rewards for the success from it all! Instead it goes to his family who didn’t have anything to do with it. Stieg Larsson was a great guy. He wrote with such insight and make you burn the midnight oil.


  6. I feel bad for Eva. She was just as much a wife to him than other women who had a legal paper,

    I wish her so much luck.

    I have seen families as she is witnessing di the same thing GREED.

    Best wishes Eva and I will be one who will purchase your book

    Pat Koch,

  7. To Eva Gabrielsson,

    It is very obvious that readers of this trilogy are looking for more or they would not be at this website. I think you are very courageous and I will enjoy reading your future books, especially about the autobiographical similarities with Millennium. I respect you for wanting to protect Mr. Larsson’s name and reputation by approving how the works are used. I wish you well on your endeavors.

    Janet from New York (Big Lisbeth Fan),

  8. my heart goes out to this woman. she was his lifetime companion, and they were under threat of assasination for their work against extremists, in america in some states common law marriage is recognized after 6 years. she must be in shock. i hope she finds peace in the memory of stieg.

    Jay Jay in New York City, NY,

  9. Dear Ms Gabrielsson,

    Thank you for doing this interview and sharing information on your life with my new favorite author. I am just finishing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and am saddened to learn that he died in 2004. I am very sorry for your loss. I do that the Swedish courts honor you and his legacy by ensuring that you enjoy fruits of your long partnership with Stieg Larsson.

    Jennifer Marshall, Santa Fe, New Mexico,

  10. I am so sad…….what a wonderful unobtrusive partnership you had with Sieg your friend and author….and for you,,,,,,God bless you and keep you and Sieg’s life afloat to go on with your life and carry it forward to what is right!!!!!!

  11. I have been so moved by the gentle yet firm way that you handled the interview.Your life with Stieg is your memory,and no one need interfere with that. I truly respect the way you are protecting your life together.So many people were lucky enough to have heard him speak…..how I wish I could have been one of them. I will be waiting for your books and hopefully lectures.

    Anne Daniel. Oakville On.,

  12. I truly admire Ms. Gabrielsson’s integrity which is apparent in the interview from start to finish. I hope that justice ultimately prevails in her case. It is clear from his writing that Steig would have wanted it that way.

    Tim Tureski, Bronx, NY,

  13. … in Mikael Blomkvist very own way of saying : “What, who and how you do in your own bed is your own business, no one else!!”… Could Erika have been based on Ms. Gabrielsson’s persona?


  14. I have enjoyed his trilogy more than any other books I have read in a lifetime of reading…..they are so detailed about the political activities that happened but so interesting, I didn’t get bored at all. He had to be so intelligent and I am so sorry that there will be no more book by him.

    Jean Lee,

  15. i have read the three books in less than 10 days… i can’t stop reading them continuously…please finish the 4th book…


  16. i heard about the trilogy on “Charlie Rose” last month. the Dragon came to Scottsdale Az. last month and tonite i saw the Fire..soooo excellent. after the first movie i bought all three books on amazon and the writing is beyond amazing. impossible to put down..Eva it broke my heart to watch this interview. stay strong have courage and know all is in “DIVINE ORDER”.

    you will preveal. you have tons of supporters… i wait with anxious antisipation for book four. thank you for all the “work” you do!….Blessings

    Lauren/ Phx. Ariz.,

  17. It is hard to believe in this day and age that Eva is not his heir. After so many years, she should have been given everything, as his spouse. For her to have to go through all this, just to survive makes me ashamed of my Swedish heritage.

    Sally White,

  18. Eva has such courage and I cannot believe that Larsonn’s family has kept her out of everything that they shared for so many years. She is strong and she will survive. “Go Eva”

    Earnie – 27 August 2010,

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