• Sweden's news in English

Introducing...Björn Ranelid

Malin Nyberg · 14 Jan 2011, 18:27

Published: 14 Jan 2011 18:27 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Who is he and why is he famous?

Björn Ranelid is an award-winning Swedish author and current Let’s Dance contestant who is in love with the media, himself but also the world around him. There is simply no one like him, which he happily agrees with. Ranelid walks different but more than anything; he talks differently - something he happens to do a lot. The Swedes have even given his language a name; Ranelidish. Yes it’s true, the man has got his own language.

What? Different from Swedish?

I shall explain. Imagine standing looking at a view with this guy. He wouldn’t say “Oh, what a beautiful sight.” No. Instead he would say – in a thick Skåne accent - “Oh, can you see how the night sky falls in, wrapping the trees in a velvet duvet.” Ranelid could go on like that for hours. He is very poetic and adores metaphors.

He talks like that ALL the time?

Yeah. Pretty much.


He is cool.

He just sounds like one of those red wine and cigarette types. A total cliché.

God no, Ranelid wouldn’t touch a cigarette. Just like he worships himself and everything around him, he worships his athletic body. The man looks great for his age (61). He is very tanned, too.


I can tell you’re not impressed. People either love him or hate him. He has many fans among the Swedish celebrities - they think he’s a genius. However, there are those who don’t hesitate to criticise him…

Do tell me more.

Well, a few years ago there was a massive thing in the press when Swedish writer Linda Skugge criticised of one his books. She combined it with criticism against him as a person, saying that he wore lip gloss, among other things. Ranelid got furious and many writers got involved in a debate about just how mean you’re actually allowed to be in a review.

Hang on, lip gloss?

He got really upset actually. Apparently it’s an illness. His lips are quite white you see.

Whatever you say.

Anyway, old Björn has been splashed all over the tabloids again recently after Peter Englund, the secretary of the Swedish Academy (you know, the Nobel Prize folks), backhandedly praised Ranelid’s participation on the current season of Let’s Dance when he wrote on his blog that ”everything that keeps Ranelid away from writing is a good thing.”


Very harsh, I know. Englund is probably after some media attention himself.

No, I mean the fact that Ranelid is in Let’s Dance. What a sell-out!

Don’t be like that. I have told you he loves the media! And the relationship is very equal.

I wouldn’t care reading about him. Never mind watching him dance.

Story continues below…

Now stop it. Ranelid is adorable.

You are obviously on his team, Ranelid-lover!

How couldn’t you be? You’re just jealous because you don’t have your own language!



Check out Ranelid’s appearance on Filip & Fredrik's Boston Tea Party (in Swedish) from 2008:

Malin Nyberg (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

18:38 January 15, 2011 by wenddiver
If you don't like him don't watch him. At 61 I would suggest Brooks Brother's suites, loose the t-shirt, linnen and hair cut. Nice Husquevarna lawn tractor.
00:32 January 16, 2011 by Njal
Hmmm...kinda looks like a Swedish 'Liberace'.
13:35 January 16, 2011 by Scots
I watched him in Let's dance and honestly, I wonder why he is still in the show as he can not dance at all...just to say that I do not understand how people vote, isnt it a dance competition?? so why keep the bad ones in just because they are liked by the public?? unfair and illogical...
13:49 January 16, 2011 by Jes
Talk about it @Scots !

I thought that the Irish man who talks like a girl was too rough on the Greek Lady who has more rhythm than most of the chaps in this competation.

Björn just needs a 61 year old´s hair-cut . Somebody should tell him it is no longer 1971.
11:50 January 19, 2011 by Swedesmith
Time to lose the hairpiece.
03:53 February 3, 2011 by Maler1971
Hey , someone call Roy! Siegfried has escaped to Sweden.
Today's headlines
Sweden can extend border controls, EU says
A police officer carrying out a check at Sweden's border with Denmark. Photo: Emil Langvad/TT

EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

Nobel Prizes
'I'd say he's arrogant but I'd be lying': Swedes on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performing in France. Photo: David Vincent/AP

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
A Swedish migration authority office in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

Swedish researchers plan new trucks for women drivers
File photo of trucks in Sweden. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT

Could vehicles adapted for women attract more female truckers to the profession?

These stats show Swedish driving isn't so gender equal
File photo of a Swedish woman driving a car. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

A new survey shows that few Swedish women get behind the wheel when driving with their male partner.

Revealed: Game of Thrones could be coming to Sweden
Game of Thrones cast members at the Emmy Awards in September. Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP

The producers of the hit show have asked for three rounds of location pictures of Swedish island Gotland.

Prime Minister to meet Swedish troops in Iraq
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his Kurdish counterpart Nechervan Barzani. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden's Prime Minister Löfven is set to meet Swedish troops in Iraq on Tuesday.

Swedish politicians wage war on winter time
Soon it will look like this on your way home from work in Sweden. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Should Sweden stick with summer time all year round?

'Don't turn the Pope into a global teddy bear'
Sweden's Queen Silvia and Princess Leonore visiting Pope Francis in the Vatican last year. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

It's time to hold the Pope to account and make sure he turns his words about reform into action, argues a minister of the Swedish Church ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Sweden.

Löfven: 'Sweden will double its number of troops in Iraq'
Stefan Löfven and Haider al-Abadi during the visit on Monday. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has promised to double his country's number of troops in Iraq following a meeting with Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi on Monday.

Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available