Alexandra Pascalidou

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Alexandra Pascalidou
Alexandra Pascalidou, Årets Europé i Sverige 2015.jpg
Pascalidou in 2015
Born (1970-07-17) July 17, 1970 (age 49)
Occupationcolumnist, television hostess and author

Alexandra Pascalidou (Greek: Αλεξάνδρα Πασχαλίδου; born July 17, 1970 in Bucharest, Romania) is a Greek-Swedish columnist, television hostess, and author. She is also a frequent lecturer, discussion leader, and human rights activist.

Life and career[edit]

Pascalidou became known to the public in 1995 when she began hosting the multicultural television show Mosaik on SVT, one of Sweden's public service channels. Along with Michael Alonzo, Dogge Doggelito, and Cissi Elwin, Pascalidou was a prominent figure in the Swedish part of Europarådet's anti-racism campaign "All Different All Equal", known in Sweden under the working title "Youth Against Racism”(UMR) in the mid-1990s.[1] In 2000–01 she hosted Som sagt on SVT, a Saturday night program with a focus on literature and language topics. At the same time, she was a producer and reporter for the television show Striptease that focused on investigative journalism.

In 2004, Pascalidou hosted the Olympics in Athens for SVT, following which she lived in Greece for two years, hosting various television shows including, for example, Friday night entertainment on ERT covering a day spent with such well-known personalities as Roberto Cavalli, Isabel Allende, and Roger Moore, among others. She also hosted a three-hour live Greek morning television program every day. She was the hostess for the Eurovision Song Contest in Greece in 2005, and a commentator in Kiev the year when Greece won the competition for the first time. In the same year Pascalidou hosted Melodifestivalen in Sweden from Gothenburg.

In January 2007, she became one of five hostesses of Sweden's TV4's Förkväll,[2] a daytime lifestyle program. She participated in the show Pokermiljonen on TV4 and was hostess for a series of charity galas on SVT, for example, På flykt with Kjell Lönnå and Uppesittarkväll with Anders Lundin.

Pascalidou is a columnist[3] and freelance writer in newspapers such as GP and Expressen. She has blogged continually on Metrobloggen until the newspaper ended their relationship.[4] She gives lectures on diversity and the media, democracy and justice issues, rhetoric and leadership, gender and cultural competence.

She has also served on the Board of BRIS (Children's Rights in Society) and the board of Kvinnojouren Terrafem working with women's rights against men's violence. She is involved in women's health and is a member of the 2.6 Miljoner Klubben and a mom's ambassador to RFSUs campaign.[5] She sits on the board of the foundation,[6] which helps young people in troubled areas with their homework to help them succeed academically and get access to secondary education.

It was announced on 21 January 2016 that Pascalidou would host the semi-final allocation draw for Eurovision 2016, along with Jovan Radomir, in Stockholm, Sweden.[7]

Pascalidou is the founder of the criticized[8][9][10] New Academy and the winner of the New Academy Prize in Literature will be announced in December 2018.[11][12]

Plagiarism and ghost writing[edit]

Alexandra has been accused several times of plagiarism and using ghost writers. Two instances of plagiarism have been exposed: in 2003 she copied large parts of text written by the journalist Daniel Hernandez for the Los Angeles Times,[13] and in 2015 she was fired from the newspaper Metro after it was revealed that she had translated a Turkish poem by Aziz Nesin.[14]


  • Mammorna (Mothers) Bokförlaget Atlas AB, Stockholm, 2018. ISBN 978-9173896085[15]
  • me too : Så går vi vidare Röster, redskap och råd (Me Too –Then We Proceed to Voices, Tools and Advice) Lava Förlag, Stockholm, 2017. ISBN 978-9188529848[16]
  • Kaos : ett grekiskt krislexikon (CHAOS: A Greek Crisis Icon) Bokförlaget Atlas AB, Stockholm, 2014. ISBN 978-9173894418[17]
  • My Big Fat Greek Cookbook (2010) Bonnier fakta [18][19]
  • Taxi Bokförlaget Atlas AB, Stockholm, 2008. ISBN 978-9173895187[20] Interviews with taxi drivers around the world, from Nairobi to New York. Also available in Greek (Psychogios Publications). This book was broadcast on radio P1, P3 and P4, where Alexandra directed Sweden's leading actors including Michael Nyqvist, Samuel Fröler, David Dencik, and Andreas Wilson.
  • Frontkick Bokförlaget Atlas AB, Stockholm, 2003. ISBN 978-9173891240[21] Stories from Pascalidou's inquiries in the areas of racism, terrorism, media, democracy, and so on.
  • Cross-Roads: voices from suburban cultures (2002). In-depth interviews with famous Swedish artists who grew up in suburbia. For example, Joakim Thåström, Jerry Williams, Metallica, Dogge, and others.
  • Bortom mammas gata (Beyond My Mom's Street) Bokförlaget Atlas AB, Stockholm, 2008. ISBN 978-9173893718[22] An autobiographical book about growing up in one of Sweden's poorest neighborhoods. The book was hailed by critics and used in schools. The book was translated into Greek by publisher Oceanida.


  • 2019 – The WING Award 2019, Winner of the Category ‘Excellence in Women’s Issue in Storytelling Award’ About The WING Awards by Raices Limited The WING Awards is created to  recognize and celebrate the change makers of our time, from all walks of life, bringing together exceptional and diverse talent.  The Award evening put the spotlight on role-models and innovators who are an inspiration to our next generation. Read more at:
  • 2019 – Global Woman Awards 2019 – Both National and International Winner Alexandra Pascalidou won the Global Woman Awards 2019 at the Global Woman Award Summit in London. She was awarded for her extraordinary work, fortitude, or noble qualities in the category ‘Influencer’ as she influence thousands of people in her work as an Activist, Journalist, Speaker and Writer. About Global Woman Global Woman is the platform for celebrating diversity, culture, women in business and networking. We Are Empowering Women Globally and Acting Locally.  The big awards gala celebrate women empowerment. Global Woman gave ten Awards which will salute women who have made a great contribution to the world based on the criteria relevant to the New Paradigm ethos. Read more at: and
  • 2018 – Voted the Best Speaker / Moderator by Talarforum
  • 2018 – The Bellman Prize.[23]
  • 2018 – The St Eriks Medal. [24]
  • 2017 – The 5i12 Prize.[25]
  • 2016 – Nominated for Kristallen and the Big Journalist Award. Nominated for the Big Journalist Prize in the Category Storyteller of the Year : Lisa Jarenskog and Alexandra Pascalidou, for the documentary series They Call Us Beggars on Swedish TV, SVT.[citation needed]
  • 2016 – The Big Feminist Award.[26]
  • 2015 – European of the Year.[27]
  • 2014 – Postkodmiljonären Won a million SEK with Lena Ag and donated the money to Kvinna till Kvinna.[26]
  • 2006 – "Blatte Deluxe"- Literature Award.[citation needed]
  • 2002 – The Swedish PEN-club Berns prize.[26]
  • 2002 – The Union of Civil Servants’ Working Award [26]
  • 2002 – Kommunal, the Swedish Municipal Workers’ Union’s Culture Award.[26]
  • 2000 – Integration Award.[26]
  • 1998 – The Immigrant Institute’s Merit Award.[26]

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ "Keep Talking Greece Greek News in English, Blog, Wit & Drama". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  2. ^ "Alexandra ny programledare i "Förkväll" – Metro". Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  3. ^ Alexandra PascalidouJournalist & författare. "Hyckleri när EU ska hjälpa Grekland ur kris – Metro". Archived from the original on 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  4. ^ "Follow My New Blog". Archived from the original on 2011-04-12. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2010-06-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Läxhjälpen
  7. ^ "Semi-Final Allocation Draw on Monday, pots revealed". Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  8. ^ "Jag skäms för den "nya" Akademien, skriver Lisa Magnusson - DN.SE".
  9. ^ "Murakami är stekt om han får Nya Akademiens pris".
  10. ^ "Krönika: "Den nya akademien måste stoppas"".
  11. ^ "An Alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature, Judged by You". Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  12. ^ Flood, Alison (2018-07-02). "Alternative Nobel literature prize planned in Sweden". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  13. ^ Helander, Magnus (20 October 2005), "Pascalidou avslöjad: Plankar LA Times", Resumé, archived from the original on 27 June 2015, retrieved 1 March 2015
  14. ^ "Pascalidou plagierade dikt – plankar för andra gången". Archived from the original on 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  15. ^ "Mammorna". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "me too : Så går vi vidare Röster, redskap och råd". 2017-12-12. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  17. ^ "Kaos : ett grekiskt krislexikon". 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  18. ^ Vardagar 05:50 och helger 07:58. "Nyhetsmorgon: Alexandra Pascalidou och mamma Hrisula om nya kokboken - TV4 Play". Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  19. ^ Maria Hedlund (2010-03-14). "I Grekland lagas mat på känsla och inte recept". DN.SE. Archived from the original on June 23, 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  20. ^ "Taxi". 2016-02-22. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  21. ^ "Frontkick". September 2003. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  22. ^ "Bortom mammas gata". 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  23. ^ "Stockholms stads kulturpriser". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  24. ^ "Årets S:t Eriksmedaljörer utsedda". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  25. ^ "5i12-priset 2017 går till Alexandra Pascalidou". 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  26. ^ a b c d e f g "Alexandra Pascalidou Journalist, Producer, Writer, TV & Radio-Hostess". Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  27. ^ "Alexandra Pascalidou targeted by extreme nationalists in Sweden". 2017-10-18. Retrieved 2018-10-12.

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