Karolina Ramqvist is one of the most influential writers and feminists of her generation in Sweden. She had her breakthrough in 2009 with the critically acclaimed book The Girlfriend and in 2015 she was awarded the prestigious P.O. Enquist Literary Prize for her latest novel The White City.

Ramqvist has written four novels to date and had her breakthrough in 2009 with the critically acclaimed book The Girlfriend (Flickvännen), which she is currently adapting for the stage. Her 2012 generational coming-of-age-novel The Beginning (Alltings början) rocketed into instant cult status and placed Ramqvist in the national spotlight as a powerful literary voice with the ability to provoke quiet yet fierce questions rather than provide loud and easy answers. In her skillful hands, contemporary issues of sexuality, commercialization, isolation and belonging become highly charged and, at the same time, completely unaffected. Her style is at once stripped down and lyrical, suspenseful yet meditative.

One of Sweden’s most interesting writers.
Expressen (Sweden)

In 2014, Ramqvist made her screenwriting debut with the award-winning short film Cupcake. Her greatly anticipated latest novel, The White City (Den vita staden) was published in March, 2015 and was awarded the prestigious P.O. Enquist Literary Prize in September of the same year.

She lives in Stockholm with her husband and three children.

Karolina Ramqvist doesn’t offer solutions, quite the opposite. Her books are artistic explorations of power dynamics.
Fokus (Sweden)
Photo by Jasmine Storch

Karolina Ramqvist was born in 1976 in Gothenburg and is one of the most influential writers and feminists of her generation in Sweden. She has contributed widely to a range of leading political and literary journals and was previously Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Arena.

She has written four novels to date and had her breakthrough in 2009 with the critically acclaimed book The Girlfriend (Flickvännen), which she is currently adapting for the stage. Her 2012 generational coming-of-age-novel The Beginning (Alltings början) rocketed into instant cult status and placed Ramqvist in the national spotlight as a powerful literary voice with the ability to provoke quiet yet fierce questions rather than provide loud and easy answers. In her skillful hands, contemporary issues of sexuality, commercialization, isolation and belonging become highly charged and, at the same time, completely unaffected. Her style is at once stripped down and lyrical, suspenseful yet meditative.

In 2014, Ramqvist made her screenwriting debut with the award-winning short film Cupcake. Her greatly anticipated latest novel, The White City (Den vita staden) was published in March, 2015 and was awarded the prestigious P.O. Enquist Literary Prize in September of the same year.

She lives in Stockholm with her husband and three children.

  • Photo by Jasmine Storch

  • Photo by Jasmine Storch

  • Photo by Jasmine Storch