Fredrik Virtanen

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Virtanen in May, 2019

Karl Fredrik Virtanen (born 15 November 1971 in Motala, Östergötland County) is a Sweden-Finnish journalist and columnist for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet[1] and the host for the talk show Studio Virtanen on Swedish TV8. He has also hosted radio shows for Sveriges Radio.[2][3] For Aftonbladet, he has been the New York City correspondent, contributing with weekly columns about the life in the city. He has also reported on entertainment, such as the Eurovision Song Contest.[4]

In October 2017, the Swedish media accused Virtanen of sexual assault and sexual harassment after the hashtag Me Too went viral. In August 2019, the District Attorney's Office in Stockholm announced that they are prosecuting Cissi Wallin, one of the females accusers of Virtanen, with aggravated criminal defamation.[5][6] She was given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay 90 000 kronor in damages to Virtanen. Wallin said she would be appealing the sentence.[7]

Fredrik Virtanen wrote the Swedish and Norwegian book ”Utan nåd” (No Mercy) about the controversial journalism during the Swedish Me Too movement. More than 40 articles were convicted in the Swedish Press Council and Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority.[citation needed]

In 2020 Aftonbladet purchased and published an article by Virtanen; Karin Pettersson, head of Culture in Aftenbladet, said that she did not believe in being banned from one's profession.[8]


  • Olyckligt kär i ingen speciell (2006)
  • Kraschad (2009)
  • Utan nåd (2019)


  1. ^ Kajsa, Ekis Ekman (18 December 2008). "Kajsa Ekis Ekman läser ett vittnesmål om hur en börskrasch kan förändra en människa". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Fredrik Virtanen programledare för tvåspråkigt Karlavagnen i P4". Sveriges Radio (Sisuradio). 1 September 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  3. ^ Sandberg, Anneli (14 June 2012). "Jag är ett hopplöst ligg". Metro. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  4. ^ Engman, Pascal (2010-07-20). "Virtanen känner sig lugnare – Trelleborgs Allehanda". Trelleborgs Allehanda (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  5. ^ "Cissi Wallin åtalas för grovt förtal", Expressen. August 29, 2019. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Cissi Wallin åtalas för grovt förtal av Fredrik Virtanen", Aftonbladet August 30, 2019.Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Cissi Wallin döms efter inlägg om Virtanen". (in Swedish). 2019-12-09. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  8. ^ "Aftonbladet om Fredrik Virtanens comeback: "Tror inte på yrkesförbud"".