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Jonas Gardell named 'Swede of the Year'

Jonas Gardell named 'Swede of the Year'

Published: 07 Dec 2012 08:27 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Dec 2012 08:27 GMT+01:00

"Jonas Gardell effectively and painfully reminds us that human dignity is not a given, but needs to be constantly defended," the jury wrote in its statement.

"My goal was to break the silence about HIV and Aids and I am overwhelmed by the response," Gardell told news magazine Fokus, which organizes Swede of the Year.

Previous award winners include Masoud and Shahnaz Garakoei for standing up against blackmail attempts by a criminal gang and Sven-Erik Bucht who turned the town Haparanda around after years of population decrease.

Other recipients include the singer Robyn, refugee rights activist Anita Dorazio and net activist Christopher Kullenberg.

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10:40 December 7, 2012 by olive_tree
Congrats. I do not think the church is so happy for this
11:44 December 7, 2012 by Emerentia
'Never dry your tears without gloves' (Torka Aldrig Tårar Utan Handskar), first, you don't use capitals like that for books, films, songs etc in Swedish, so it should be "Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar" and then the translation, it shouldn't be a "your", it's not about not drying your own tears. In the book/film a young nurse who takes care of a man with aids, dries the tears of his face with her gloves off, and a older nurse tells her never to do that, "Never dry tears without gloves".
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