Famous Swedish Activists

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Greta Thunberg
(Swedish Environmental Activist Known for Challenging World Leaders to Take Action for Climate Change Mitigation)
Greta Thunberg
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Birthdate: January 3, 2003
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg is known for her straightforward speaking manner in which she addresses world leaders for failing to take sufficient action regarding the climate change issue. She is considered a youth icon for starting the movement Fridays for Future. She has been included in Time magazine's 100 most influential people list.

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Lars Vilks
(Swedish Visual Artist and Activist Known for the Controversy Surrounding His Drawings of 'Muhammad')
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Birthdate: June 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden
Died: October 3, 2021

Swedish artist Lars Vilks created a major controversy with one of his drawings that showed Prophet Muhammad's head set on a dog's body. Previously, his 2 sculptures, Nimis and Arx, set in the Kullaberg nature reserve, were attacked by vandals. He died in a traffic accident in southern Sweden.

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Taslima Nasrin
(Bangladeshi-Swedish Writer Known for Her Writing on Women’s Oppression and Criticism of Religion)
Taslima Nasrin
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Birthdate: August 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi-Swedish writer, feminist, physician, activist, and secular humanist. An internationally recognized author, Nasrin is renowned for expressing feminist views and her criticisms of religions. Taslima Nasrin is a recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Sakharov Prize, Freethought Heroine Award, and Erwin Fischer Award.

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Elizabeth Lejonhjärta
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Birthplace: Norrbotten, Sweden

Elizabeth Lejonhjärta is a Swedish model, writer, blogger, and social media personality. Elizabeth and her twin sister Victoria Lejonhjärta achieved international fame when they collaborated with popular Canadian rapper Drake for his 2016 album Views. Popularly known as the it girls in Sweden, Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta have modeled for brands like Calvin Klein, Nike, Chanel, and Max Factor.

Victoria Lejonhjarta
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Birthdate: October 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norrbotten, Sweden
Victoria Lejonhjarta is a Swedish model, writer, blogger, and social media personality. Along with her twin sister Elizabeth Lejonhjärta, Victoria has achieved immense popularity and the duo is popularly known as the it girls in Sweden. Apart from modeling for brands like Calvin Klein, Nike, Chanel, and Max Factor, Victoria and Elizabeth have also collaborated with popular celebrities like Drake.
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Sven Wollter
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Birthdate: January 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: November 10, 2020

 Hailed as one of the most celebrated Swedish actors, Sven Wollter was also an influential political activist, working for the Swedish communist party since his youth. Beginning his career on the stage, he debuted on screen as Gusten in Hemsöborna, gaining instant fame for it, continuing with his activism as well as acting till the very end.

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Olof Dreijer
(Disc jockey)
Olof Dreijer
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Birthdate: November 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nacka, Sweden

Swedish DJ and record producer, Olof Dreijer is also a noted activist, known for his support to the Palestinian cause and cultural boycott of Israel. Active since 1999, he and his brother formed an electronic music duo, The Knife, releasing five studio albums till 1933. A co-owner of the Rabid Record, he also goes by his stage name, DJ Coolof.

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Hjalmar Branting
(Politician)
Hjalmar Branting
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Birthdate: November 23, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 24, 1925

One of the prominent names in the formation of the Social Democratic Party of Sweden and also its leader from 1907 to 1925, Karl Hjalmar Branting served thrice as the Prime Minister of Sweden between 1920 and 1925. In 1921, the father of socialism in Sweden was awarded Nobel Peace Prize together with Norwegian diplomat Christian Lous Lange.

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Cecilia Malmström
(Politician)
Cecilia Malmström
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Birthdate: May 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

A member of the Swedish Liberal party, Cecilia Malmström was a Member of the European  Parliament for Sweden from 1999 to 2006. Following this, she assumed the offices of Minister for European Union Affairs (2006-2010), European Commissioner for Home Affairs (2010-2014) and European Commissioner for Trade (2014-2019). Previously, she researched and taught European politics, regionalism and terrorism at Gothenburg University.

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Nyamko Sabuni
(Politician)
Nyamko Sabuni
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Birthdate: March 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bujumbura, Burundi

Daughter of an asylum seeker from Zaire, Nyamko Sabuni has politics in her blood, possibly inherited from her left wing politician father.  A member of the Liberal Party, she entered politics when an Ivorian refugee was killed by a Neo Nazi. She served as a minister from 2006 to 2013 and became the first ethnic minority to become a party leader.

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Ellen Key
(Writer)
Ellen Key
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Birthdate: December 11, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sundsholm, Sweden
Died: April 25, 1926

Mostly educated at home by her mother and her governess, Ellen Key grew up to be a well-known difference feminist author, concurrently playing important role in the Modern Breakthrough movement. Also a suffragist, she wrote on varied subjects including family life, ethics and education, advocating child centric teaching as well as parenting, inspiring many authors and educators including Maria Montessori.

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Eva Dahlgren
(Musician, Songwriter)
Eva Dahlgren
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Birthdate: June 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Umeå, Sweden

Eva Dahlgren is a Swedish pop singer, songwriter, and musician. She is best known for her 1991 studio album En blekt blondins hjärta, which earned her five Swedish Grammy Awards and sold more than half a million copies. Eva Dahlgren is also credited with composing the score for the 2015 movie Ingrid Bergman: In My Own Words.

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Jan Myrdal
(Writer)
Jan Myrdal
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Birthdate: July 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: October 30, 2020

Born to Nobel-winning parents Alva and Gunnar Myrdal, Jan Myrdal grew up to be a renowned author and filmmaker. He and his third wife, Kessle, traveled around places such as Afghanistan and India and penned works associated with politics and travel. He also wrote a series of semi-autobiographical "I- Novels."

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Fredrika Bremer
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Birthdate: August 17, 1801
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: December 31, 1865
Fredrika Bremer was a Finnish-born Swedish feminist reformer and writer. She is credited with popularizing literary realism in Sweden. Bremer is best remembered for her 1856 novel Hertha, which inspired Sophie Adlersparre to start Sweden's first women's magazine, Home Review. In 1884, Sweden's first women's rights organization was named after Fredrika Bremer.
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Kajsa Ekis Ekman
(Journalist)
Kajsa Ekis Ekman
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish freelance writer who writes for the anti-trans website Feminist Current and conspiracy theorist website Steigan.no. Her anti-transgender views have earned her notoriety and media attention. In 2010, she received the Robespierre Prize. In 2020, her critiques of capitalism earned her the prestigious Lenin Award.
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Moa Martinson
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Birthdate: November 2, 1890
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Linköping Municipality, Sweden
Died: August 5, 1964
Moa Martinson was a Swedish writer whose works were honored with the prestigious Nine Society's Grand Prize in 1944. During the feminist movement in the 1970s, Martinson served as a role model for female authors, especially in the Nordic countries. Moa Martinson's life and career inspired the 1986 biographical film Moa where Gunilla Nyroos played the title role.
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Claes Borgstrom
(Politician)
Claes Borgstrom
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Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 15, 2020
Claes Borgstrom was a Swedish politician and lawyer best remembered for his service as Equality Ombudsman from 2000 to 2007. As a lawyer, Borgström took up several high-profile criminal cases before focusing on his political career. Claes Borgstrom was also a staunch supporter of women's rights.
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Alexandra Pascalidou
(Columnist, Television hostess, and Author)
Alexandra Pascalidou
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Birthdate: July 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Alexandra Pascalidou is a Greek-Swedish television hostess, columnist, and author. She is best known for hosting popular events like Melodifestivalen and Eurovision Song Contest. Over the course of her career, Alexandra Pascalidou has received several prestigious awards such as the Bellman Prize, St Eriks Medal, and Integration Award. 

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Victoria Benedictsson
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Birthdate: March 6, 1850
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trelleborg Municipality, Sweden
Died: July 21, 1888
Victoria Benedictsson was a Swedish author best remembered as one of the greatest exponents of Swedish realism. Today, she is widely regarded as an early feminist as many of her novels discussed women's rights and the inequality of marriage. Victoria Benedictsson committed suicide at the age of 38.
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Tess Asplund
(Activist who gained attention following her protest against neo-Nazis in Borlänge, Sweden)
Tess Asplund
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Cali, Colombia

Tess Asplund is a Swedish activist whose photograph showcasing her protest against neo-Nazis earned her popularity. Photographed by David Lagerlof, the picture shows Asplund's fist in the air and facing uniformed members of the Nordic Resistance Movement. In 2016, Tess Asplund was mentioned in BBC's 100 Women list.

Anna Maria Lenngren
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Birthdate: June 18, 1754
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: March 8, 1817
Anna Maria Lenngren was a Swedish poet best remembered for her 1794 poem, Advice to my dear daughter, if I had one. One of the most popular poets in Swedish history, Lenngren enjoyed great success and her works are widely read even today! She is also remembered for her fight against male double standards prevalent during her time.
Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht
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Birthdate: November 28, 1718
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 29, 1763
Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht was a Swedish poet, salon hostess, and feminist. Such was her popularity that she was the only female member of a popular literary fellowship called Tankebyggarorden, which was active in the 1750s and early 1760s. Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht was also popular in Germany and one of her poems was appreciated by Empress Elizabeth of Russia.