Klas Eklund

Blog and web site of economist, teacher and author Klas Eklund

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My mother, Fylgia Zadig, was an actress. in the 50s she worked at Uppsala Stadsteater and after that mostly at Riksteatern. Her greatest success was as “Maria Stuart” at Malmö Stadsteater, but she also enjoyed playing minor parts in a number of TV plays, such as “Hemsöborna”. She passed away in 1994.

My father, the actor Bengt Eklund, dressed up as “The Old Man” (Den Gamle) – the head of Swedish military intelligence – in the thriller “Coq Rouge”. He was an actor at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm in the 1950s and 60s, before a heated argument with director Ingmar Bergman caused him to leave the stage. After that he spent most of his time in the movies and the radio. To most Swedes he is best known as Tjorven’s father in Astrid Lindgren’s “Saltkråkan”. He died in 1998.

My family in 1957. In the picture is also my sister Lena, who now lives with her husband and children in Västerås. When the picture was taken, we lived in the Old Town (Gamla Stan) in Stockholm. In those days – before reconstruction and modernization – the Old Town was still almost like a medieval town, without any modern amenities.

My wife, Pernilla Ström, member of the board of a number of companies such as Bonnier AB, Sweco and KappAhl. Previously political editor at Dagens Nyheter, Veckans Affärer and Expressen, as well as Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Committee on the consequences of EU. We’ve been married since 1992. Since then, she’s been in firm control. In this picture, we share a long lunch in Firenze.

Celebrating my 50th birthday with sons Sigge (author and web entrepreneur) and Fredrik (entrepreneur in numerous businesses, at present real estate developer in NY City at Prudential Douglas Elliman and owner of the real estate broker firm ESNY in Stockholm. Sigge designed this website and has also a written a novel about his childhood and our sometimes wonderful, sometimes frustrating father-son relationship.

Here is Sigge and his wife Malin at their wedding – a beautiful ceremony at Fåfängan in Stockholm, with a glorious view of the summer city and all the boats and water.

Here are Sigge’s and Malin’s two boys, my grandchildren: Viggo (born 2003) and Truls (2004). Sigge and Malin also have a little daughter, Belle, born in 2010.

Old friends from my teenage days – Olle Zetterberg, Nils Kärrlander and Henrik Axiö. Once a year we go on a trip to consume culture and beer. Sometimes we stay in Sweden, sometimes we go abroad; Denmark, France, Norway and Finland are places where we’ve been.This picture is taken in the spring of 1990, in Berlin, where we helped demolish the wall.

Our home: Tygelsjogarden, an old farm in Southern Sweden which we have rebuilt and modernised. It’s on top a ridge outside the city of Lund, with a magnificent view over fields and pastures. Here Pernilla breeds and trains elite dressage horses.

Our dog Margot. A Danish-Swedish farm dog (dansk-svensk gårdshund) – a breed which is common in Southern Sweden and Denmark. She likes catching mice and to play soccer. She also sees herself as a ferocious watchdog…

Here Margot examines one of our foals, called Gangster because of his bad manners. This is his first walk outdoors, just two days old.

This is a new little foal, which I delivered myself and call Dopey – he seems a bit stupid and he has long ears. But he’s very cute!

On a farm, you have to have cats. However, Margot catches all mice so the cats have become lazy…

Previously, I’ve driven sports cars. But climate change and old age is having an effect on my driving – and on the farm I drive a tractor. However, I do own a big motorbike which is lovely when I want to feel younger and more death-defying…