Amanda Sofia Margareta Lind (née Johansson, born 2 August 1980 in Uppsala, Sweden) is a politician for the Swedish Green Party. Since 2019, she has been the Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport and national minorities in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
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. She became a member of Miljöpartiet de gröna, the Swedish Green Party, in 1999 and was a member of the Umeå municipal council from 2002 to 2004.
Having studied at Umeå University, she received her doctorate in psychology in 2009 and worked as a child and adolescent psychologist for Västernorrland County council from 2009 to 2011. In 2010, she was appointed spokesperson for the Härnösand social affairs agency and in 2012 as spokesperson for Västernorrland.
Between 2011 and 2014, she chaired the social affairs committee in the municipality of Härnösand with responsibility for cultural, environmental, planning and recreational issues. 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. In January 2019, she became the Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility also for sport and national minorities.
Lind and the Esperanto languageEdit
She knows Esperanto very well and in a fluent Esperanto addressed the 104th World Esperanto Congress which took place in Lahti, Finland from 20 to 27 July 2019. Here is the Esperanto message, with an English translation at right:
“Saluton, estimataj kongresanoj!
“Mi estas Amanda Lind, sveda ministro pri kulturo, demokratio, sporto kaj naciaj minoritatoj. Kiel ano de Miljöpartiet (la sveda verda partio) kaj la tutmonda verda movado, kaj vivanta naturo kaj floranta kulturo estas valoroj tre proksimaj al mia koro.
“Elkorajn bondezirojn mi sendas al la Universala kongreso. Renkontiĝoj kaj babilado inter homoj estas fundamento por vigla demokrata evoluo. Dankon al vi ĉiuj en la Esperanto-movado pro viaj kontribuoj por instigi komunikadon trans lingvaj kaj naciaj limoj. Ni estu unu homaro sur ĉi-unu terglobo!
“Hello, esteemed congress delegates!
“I am Amanda Lind, Swedish Minister for Culture, Democracy, Sport and National Minorities. As a member of the Miljöpartiet (the Swedish Green Party) and the global Green movement, both living nature and flowering culture are values very close to my heart.
“I am delighted to send out my cordial good wishes to the World Congress. Meetings and conversations among people are the foundation for vibrant democratic development. Thank you all in the Esperanto movement for your contributions to encourage communication across language and national borders. Let's be one humanity on this one globe!
- "Amanda Lind (MP) blir ny kulturminister (Amanda Lind becomes new Culture Minister". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 2019-01-21. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
- Krisen får inte definiera oss (“The crisis will not define us”), 13 May 2016, Dagens Arena. Accessed 10 July 2019.
- 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. Accessed 29 July 2019.
- Amanda Lind valdes till partisekreterare för Miljöpartiet (“Amanda Lind elected party secretary for Green Party”), 15 May 2016, Sveriges Radio. Accessed 29 July 2019.
- "Daily journal of the 104th World Esperanto Congress" (PDF). Retrieved 28 July 2019.