Fredrik Lindström

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For the Swedish biathlete, see Fredrik Lindström (biathlete). For the Swedish architect, see Fredrik Olaus Lindström.
Fredrik Lindström

Fredrik Lindström (born 27 June 1963 in Eskilstuna, Södermanland County) is a Swedish linguist, comedian, film director and presenter.[1]

In the 2000s, Lindström has become a household name in Sweden through his documentary series Värsta språket about the Swedish language on Sveriges Television. The series has reached top ratings because of Lindström's personable and entertaining approach to the information presented to viewers. Lindström has written several books that have served as a basis for the series. They have the same kind of approach, mixing informality with information derived from the author's linguistics background.

Lindström's first encounter with the Swedish audience was on the radio show Hassan, on which he made prank calls to random people pretending to be different imaginary people, often with some kind of subtle disturbance that made the conversation farcical. The show aired on P3 for several seasons in the 1990s.

A few years later, after various smaller appearances as a stand-up comedian, he directed two Swedish featured films in the comedy/drama genre; these featured well known Swedish actors such as Mikael Persbrandt and Magnus Härenstam.

He also played drums for the heavy metal band CRYSTAL PRIDE in the early 1980s.




Radio shows[edit]

TV shows[edit]


  • Crystal Pride



  • Världens dåligaste språk ("The World's Worst Language"), 2000
  • Vad gör alla superokända människor hela dagarna? ("What Do All the Super-unknown People Do All day?"), 2001
  • Jordens smartaste ord ("The smartest words on earth"), 2002
  • Vem är Björn och vem är Benny? ("Which one is Björn [Ulvaeus] and which one is Benny [Andersson]?"), 2004
  • Jag är en sån som bara vill ligga med dig ("I'm the Kind Who Only Wants to Sleep With You"), 2005
  • Svitjods undergång och Sveriges födelse ("The Fall of Svitjod and the Birth of Sweden") with Henrik Lindström, 2006
  • Evolutionen och jag kommer inte överens ("Evolution and I don't get along"), 2010
  • När börjar det riktiga livet? ("When does the real life start?"), 2011

Prizes and awards[edit]

  • 1999 – Kvällspostens Edvardspris (Edvard prize awarded by the evening edition of the daily newspaper Expressen)
  • 2001 – Karamelodiktstipendiat[6] (scholarship awarded yearly from a fund managed by the Royal Swedish Music Academy)
  • 2002 – Tage Danielsson-priset (Tage Danielsson prize, awarded in memory of Swedish poet, writer, film director, actor and comedian Tage Danielsson)
  • 2002 – Mensapriset (Mensa award, awarded by Mensa Sweden, the Swedish chapter of the international Mensa organization)
  • 2002 – Månadens stockholmare i maj (Stockholm personality of the month, awarded by The City of Stockholm)
  • 2003 – Aftonbladets TV-pris för bästa manliga tv-personlighet (Best TV male personality prize, awarded by the daily newspaper Aftonbladet)
  • 2003 – Uppsala universitets och Studentbokhandeln AB:s Disapris (Disa prize, awarded by Uppsala University and the Student Bookstore in recognition of notable contributions to popular writing)
  • 2003 – Nationalencyklopedins Kunskapspriset (The Knowledge Prize, awarded by the National Encyclopedia of Sweden)
  • 2006 – Årets bok om svensk historia för "Svitjods undergång och Sveriges födelse" (Historic Book of the Year, awarded by the online newspaper "Svesnk Historia", Swedish History)
  • 2006 – Aftonbladets TV-pris för bästa manliga tv-personlighet (Best TV male personality prize, awarded by the daily newspaper Aftonbladet)
  • 2009 – Natur & Kulturs Kulturpris (Culture Prize, awarded by the Natur & Kultur foundation)


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