Karolina Ramqvist

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Karolina Ramqvist
Karolina Ramqvist in 2013
Karolina Ramqvist in 2013
Born (1976-11-08) November 8, 1976 (age 41)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Occupation Journalist
Citizenship Swedish
Notable awards 2015 PO Enquist Literary Prize

Annika "Karolina" Virtanen Ramqvist, (born 8 November 1976 in Gothenburg) is a prominent Swedish journalist and best-selling author.[1]

Ramqvist's novels explore "contemporary issues of sexuality, commercialization, isolation and belonging".[2] The Swedish newspaper Expressen said her fourth novel Den vita staden (published in Swedish in 2015 and later in English translation by Saskia Vogel for Black Cat/Grove Atlantic in 2017[3]) "cemented Karolina Ramqvist's position as one of Sweden's most interesting authors.[4]" Ramqvist wrote the screenplay for the short film Cupcake (2014), which won the Short Grand Prix at the Warsaw Film Festival and Best Film at the Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival in Tallinn.[5] In 2015 Ramqvist won the PO Enquist Literary Prize,[6] which is "given to a Nordic author who according to the jury has great artistic value and the potential to reach an international audience but has not yet had his or her international break through."

Ramqvist has been the editor-in-chief for the magazine Arena and a columnist at Dagens Nyheter. She became known after she published a private letter from Ulf Lundell in the Swedish feminist anthology Fittstim (1999).[7]

She is married to journalist Fredrik Virtanen.[8]


  • När svenska pojkar började dansa (When Swedish Boys Started Dancing), Stockholm : Bokförlaget DN, 1997, ISBN 91-7588-178-0.
  • More Fire, Stockholm : Modernista, 2002, ISBN 91-88748-15-4.
  • Nån där? Texter om framtidens kommunikation (Is anyone there? Texts on future communication), Stockholm : Premiss förlag, 2008, ISBN 978-91-85343-20-1.
  • Flickvännen (The Girlfriend), Stockholm : Wahlström & Widstrand, 2009, ISBN 978-91-46-21995-8.
  • Alltings början (The Beginning), Stockholm : Norstedts, 2012, ISBN 978-91-1-304129-2.
  • Fredskåren (Peace Corps), Stockholm : Myrios Novellförlag / Natur & Kultur, 2012, ISBN 978-91-7534-007-4.
  • Farväl, mitt kvinnofängelse (Farewell, My Female Prison), Stockholm : Novellix, 2013, ISBN 978-91-7-589007-4
  • Den vita staden (The White City), Stockholm : Norstedts, 2015, ISBN 978-91-1-306433-8
  • The White City, New York : Black Cat/Grove Atlantic, 2017, ISBN 978-08-0-212595-8
  • Det är natten (It Is the Night), Stockholm : Norstedts, 2016, ISBN 978-91-1-307488-7
  • Extract from Det är natten (published as The Writer as Public Figure vs. The Writer Who Actually Writes, translated from the Swedish by Saskia Vogel), New York : The Literary Hub,[9] February 27, 2017

Prizes and Distinctions[edit]


  1. ^ Karolina Ramqvist slacker till prisad essaist journalisten.se Retrieved 3 September 2015 Archived 17 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Ahlander Agency http://ahlanderagency.com/authors/karolina-ramqvist/. Retrieved 6 July 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "The White City". Grove Atlantic.
  4. ^ Liljestrand, Jens. "Tjyvsamhället finns i Ramqvists nya roman". Expressen. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Cupcake". http://www.svenskfilmdatabas.se/en/item/?type=film&itemid=78387#awards. Retrieved 6 July 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ "The PO Enquist Literary Prize". PO Enquist. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Den jävla gubbjäveln". Expressen. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Med blick för farliga relationer". DN.SE. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  9. ^ Ramqvist, Karolina. "THE WRITER AS PUBLIC FIGURE VS. THE WRITER WHO ACTUALLY WRITES". Lithub.com. The Literary Hub. Retrieved 6 July 2018.

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