Internationella kvinnodagen (International Women’s Day) may have been on Monday, March 8, but let’s keep women in the spotlight a bit longer, shall we? This week, we’ll highlight 6 Swedish women that I adore following on Instagram. You’ll remember that last week I wrote about how diversifying your target language content is a great language learning exercise. So, here’s your chance! Meet these women who champion change, spark creativity, and push the boundaries within their fields.
I’m a millennial (if you haven’t already caught on from my blog content 😉). And while I’m not a frequent poster on social media, I do consume a sizeable daily dose of digital content, namely via Instagram. As a Swedish speaker living outside of Sweden, incorporating Swedish content into my social media feed is essential in keeping current. I follow outlets like Dagens nyheter and Svenska dagbladet to get daily Swedish news, but for my culture fix, I turn to content from accounts like these 6 I’ve chosen to feature below.
Parisa Amiri, frilansjournalist och programledare
With 50K followers on Instagram, consistent TV appearances, and expertly-crafted articles in the largest Swedish publications, Parisa Amiri has a huge reach. This witty journalist and pop-culture devourer is incredibly poignant. In her weekly podcast with Brita Zackari, Brita & Parisa, she and Brita digest a variety of contemporary social and political topics from the recent Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview, to the U.S. Presidential Race, even the latest episode of SNL and Swedish entertainment drama. You’ve met her in this blog before, Got a kvart? Spend it with Parisa Amiri & Jason Diakité!
Sara Dahlström, “Fitness feministen”
Sara Dahlström is a kettle-bell-wielding feminist and personal trainer on a mission to prove that you can, in fact, be overweight and a fitness junkie at the same time. She’s shared the story of how a brain tumor left her with a hormone imbalance that in turn, drastically affected her body weight. From there she was inspired to break stigmas and love herself; inviting others to join her in the journey. From Sara’s blog:
“[…]målet är att sprida träningsglädje och självkärlek (och att krossa patriarkatet såklart).”
[…] The goal is to spread the joy of exercise and self love (and to smash the patriarchy of course).”
Check out Sara’s Instagram for healthy doses of body positivity, training tips, personal reflections, and cool jumps in the lake!
This initiative was started by Morakniv to celebrate women who thrive in the great outdoors. Featuring picturesque photos submitted by women adventurers all across the Nordic countries, this account always elevates the typical Swedish outdoorsy activities like foraging, camping, hiking, and paddling.
“Syftet är att lyfta kvinnliga äventyrare och framför allt att inspirera och peppa kvinnor att upptäcka natur och friluftsliv. Helt enkelt att få alla att hitta sitt alldeles egna äventyr.
Our purpose is to lift up female adventurers and above all to inspire and get women excited to discover nature and outdoor life. Simply, to make everyone find their very own adventure.”
Molly Sjöstam, slöjdare
She’s a talented artist, with a great sense of humor who loves fika, what’s not to like? Molly Sjöstam practices slöjd, the Swedish word for handcraft. More specifically, she’s a practitioner of träslöjd, handcraft made using wooden material. Molly harvests her own material and uses hand tools to sculpt beautiful, useful items like cooking and eating utensils, wooden containers and bowls. I’m a slöjdare myself, so I look to Molly for design inspiration, dreamy woodcarving, and endlesss fika musings. When Molly is not in the workshop, you can find her re-vamping her VW-bus named Ilva-Greth!
Alice Bah Kunke, europaparlamentariker
This former Culture Minister is now serving in the European Parliament for Sweden’s Green Party. Alice Bah Kunke is my go-to resource for what’s current in policymaking in Sweden and the European Parliament. Besides the environment, some of her passions include closing the pay gap, racial justice, and most recently, she’s recently been involved in Poland’s fight for reproductive rights. Heja, Alice!
Greta Thunberg, klimataktivist
“Skolstrejk för klimatet (School strike for the climate),” is the infamous quote that Greta Thunberg first painted in black ink back in May of 2018. It’s been nothing short of incredible to watch Greta go from quietly protesting alone outside the Swedish parliament to inspiring millions and becoming an international fixture in the fight to protect our climate. Although Greta is half my age, I gain a lot by watching her courage and conviction. She inspires over 10.5 million people all across the globe on her Instagram feed…and still manages to write in Swedish occasionally, too!
Which Swedish IG accounts do you follow? Tell me in the comments below! 👇🏼