What do you like about Europe?
All these countries that you fly over in minutes have their own language, traditions, attitudes, as long as friendship is included it is a wonderful mix.
What did your country give to Europe?
Sweden has a small population but several inventors and entrepreneurs, who created companies like IKEA, H&M, Ericsson, Volvo, ASEA – and Nobel Industries.
Literature: August Strindberg, Astrid Lindgren. Music; Jussi Björling, Birgit Nilsson, ABBA. Cinema: Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman actresses Ingmar Bergman director.
What did Europe give to your country?
People! Sweden was a very homogenous country. But from World War 2 on we got many refugees and also work force. To-day we have a mixed population that I see as a gift.
What did you love about JCI?
My membership dates from 1962, Then JCI was an all-male organization with very few exceptions. I was the first woman in 2 chambers: Malmö and then Helsingborg. No career possibilities there! To get accepted was the challenge. At the World Congress in Hong Kong we were about 5 women and 1000 men. But we liked our work in JCI, especially the projects. When women got a chance, the pioneers were over the age limit
What do you love about the Senate?
Luckily there was the Senate for us with surplus energy. I was the first female as National Senate Chairman, and as European Senate Chairman. In both cases the elections were dramatic. So I had to do my best! In both JCI and the Senate you get acceptance, friendliness, and international contacts that gives you friends for life.
View of Europe in 2044?
At my age the view is rather pessimistic, considering the climate change. In 2044 you will see the trend. Maybe find an extra meaningful Senate activity
What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
I am not a woman-in-action any more. But I see many possibilities for JCI and the Senate.