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Johanna Sällström: Wallander wasn’t the same without her

Johanna Sallstrom

Johanna Sällström

Wallander is one of the most successful televisual outputs from the Nordic countries. Its second series has just finished its run on BBC4. James Garry explains that second series was inadequate compared to the first, because it lacked its tragic star Johanna Sällström.

The second series of Wallander finished its thirteen episode run on BBC4 last Saturday. That is, the Swedish Wallander starring Krister Henriksson (as opposed to the Swedish Wallander starring Rolf Continue reading

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Sweden: No gender in the classroom

In February this year the Swedish Minister for Integration and Gender Equality, Nyamko Sabuni, made a brilliantly nuanced speech at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. During her speech, she proposed, “Good quality education is essential in the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment”. However, for one pre-school in Sweden, it seems gender “neutrality” is the key to progress.

In an attempt to tackle “gender bias”, the Egalia pre-school of Stockholm has decided that pronouns may have a hand in jeopardizing gender equality. Consequentially, students will not be subjected to the use of “him” and “her”, and shall be addressed merely as “friends”. Continue reading

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