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Astrid Lindgren and her brother Gunnar, early 1970.
Vimmerby’s Astrid Lindgren
When Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson was born on 14 November 1907 on the farm Näs outside Vimmerby who would have thought what she would become. Even if there were signs. She was a lively girl, physically and intellectually. She was quick on her legs and in her thoughts, with an agile body and imagination. Adventurous and playful. A talented storyteller already as a child.
Not even when Astrid Lindgren published her first books in the beginning of the 1940s did anyone realise the industry that was being started. Today, we know. More than 165 million copies of her books in 107 languages have been sold, and her books are constantly being republished around the world; about 50 films and TV series have been produced; there have been thousands of theatre productions and musicals; many prizes have been set up in her honour; schools, day-care centres, residential areas, parks and districts have been named after her and her characters – and, not least, we have a huge humanistic legacy from Astrid Lindgren’s fight for children’s and animals’ rights, ecology and equality.
At Astrid Lindgren Aktiebolag, we are convinced that the world needs Astrid Lindgren – maybe more than ever – and continue in her footsteps. We are located in Stockholm, but our activities span the world. We work long term with high requirements for quality and faithfulness to the original, and we are proud and happy that all our fantastic partners help us spread Astrid Lindgren’s work. Some of the most important are in Vimmerby, the place where it all started. Astrid Lindgren’s World and Astrid Lindgren’s Näs play key roles in bringing the stories as well as Astrid Lindgren the person to life.
Astrid Lindgren Aktiebolag’s task is to spread and protect Astrid Lindgren’s authorship throughout the world. In everything we do we keep to Astrid Lindgren’s own clear guidelines on what may, can and ought to be done. We want as many children and adults as possible all over the world also in the future to be able to read Astrid Lindgren’s books, watch her films and see her theatre performances, listen to her songs and experience her worlds in the best way possible. The best place to start is here in Astrid Lindgren’s Vimmerby. The place she called home all her life.
grandchild of Astrid Lindgren
and MD of Astrid Lindgren Aktiebolag