Heja Sverige! Some Swedish big shots 2015

Swede of the year - Max Martin - awarded by SVIV (Swedes Worldwide)
This music producer, and songwriter garnered Swede of the Year at a ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm this August.  Max Martin whose real name is Martin Sandberg has created music thats topped world charts for more than 20 years, and this year marks his 21st first-place hit on the US Billboard Charts.  Have you heard of Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry?  Yeah he's written songs for them, and more.  Check it out here.

SWEA Woman of the year - Petra Wadström - 2015
Petra Wadström from Stockholm created "Solvatten" which gives developing countries access to clean water by warming and purifying polluted water using the help of the sun's ultraviolet rays.  It's cheap, easy to use and is designed for women to use on their own.  The jury said "Petra Wadström's outstanding creativity and philanthropic ingenuity makes her a shining example of a Swedish international woman."  Agreed!

Swedish stamp of the year - Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman (1915 - 1982) This renowned Swedish actress got another "stamp of approval" (as if three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best Actress weren't enough) by the American Postal Service this August.   For more "Jag är Ingrid" is the new documentary drama that will help you understand this talented woman better with the US premier planned for November.

All inspirational, these Swedes help us remember to go for our dreams and be true to ourselves.  You can do something as self-serving as acting and still change the world, or make hit songs and do good. It's all in the intent and the choosing to use your talents for good, not evil. Right  Batman?  ;-)  


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