Amanda Lind

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Amanda Lind
Member of the Riksdag
Assumed office
26 September 2022
Personal details
Amanda Sofia Margareta Johansson

(1980-08-02) 2 August 1980 (age 43)
Uppsala, Sweden
Political partyGreen Party
SpouseBjörn Ola Lind

Amanda Sofia Margareta Lind (née Johansson; born 2 August 1980) is a politician for the Swedish

cabinet of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.[1]

Early life and education

From the age of three, Lind grew up in Luleå where her father Erik Hugo Johansson was a pastor and her mother Eva Bask Johansson was a pharmacist.[2] Having studied at Umeå University, she received her master's degree in psychology in 2009.


Lind became a member of Miljöpartiet de gröna, the Swedish Green Party, in 1999[1] and was a member of the Umeå municipal council from 2002 to 2004.

Lind worked as a


Between 2011 and 2014, she chaired the social affairs committee in the municipality of Härnösand with responsibility for cultural, environmental, planning and recreational issues.[3] Lind was municipal councillor and first vice-chair of the municipal council in Härnösand from 2014 to 2018. She became the Green Party secretary in 2016, succeeding Anders Wallner.[4] In January 2019, she became the Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility also for sport and national minorities. In November 2021, when the Green Party left the government, she was succeeded as minister by Jeanette Gustafsdotter.


In 2019, the Chinese ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou threatened Lind with a ban on entering his country when she attended Svenska PEN’s Tucholsky Prize ceremony in honor of Gui Minhai, a book publisher detained in China.[5]

In 2021, Lind as the Swedish culture minister stated that Elfdalian would remain judged as a dialect by the Swedish government, after an inquiry by Swedish MP Peter Helander as to why the government hadn't investigated whether Elfdalian should be classified as a language, as the Council of Europe had proposed.[6]

Personal life

Lind is married to filmmaker Björn Ola Lind. The couple have three children together.[1] In her spare time she devotes herself to historical re-creation, tennis and handicrafts.

Lind and the Esperanto language

Lind speaks Esperanto[citation needed] and addressed the 104th World Esperanto Congress in fluent Esperanto. The Congress took place in Lahti, Finland from 20 to 27 July 2019. Here is the Esperanto message, with an English translation on the right:


  1. ^ a b c "Amanda Lind (MP) blir ny kulturminister" [Amanda Lind (MP) becomes the new Minister of Culture]. Dagens Nyheter [The News of the Day] (in Swedish). 21 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ Krisen får inte definiera oss ("The crisis will not define us"), 13 May 2016, Dagens Arena. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. ^ Sveriges nya kulturminister Amanda Lind (MP) brinner för frågorna: ‘Jag är resultatinriktad’ ("Sweden’s new Culture Minister Amanda Lind is afire with questions: ‘I am results-oriented”.”), 21 January 2019, Sundsvalls Tidning. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ {{Cite radioAmanda Lind valdes till partisekreterare för Miljöpartiet (“Amanda Lind elected party secretary for Green Party"), 15 May 2016, Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  5. ^ Simon Johnson, Johan Ahlander and Cate Cadell (15 November 2019), China, Sweden escalate war of words over support for detained bookseller Reuters.
  6. ^ Catherine, Edwards. "Why a Swedish politician is demanding the right to speak an ancient 'forest language' in parliament". The Local. Archived from the original on 23 April 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Daily journal of the 104th World Esperanto Congress" (PDF). Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Spokesperson of the Green Party
Serving with:
Daniel Helldén

Preceded by Secretary-General of the Green Party
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Culture
Succeeded by
Minister for Democracy
Preceded by Minister for Sports
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee
on Cultural Affairs