Swedish teen hits gold with love tweets to PM
12 Sep 2013, 13:50
Published: 12 Sep 2013 13:50 GMT+02:00
The tweet is accompanied with a picture of the Swedish prime minister in profile, a finger on his nose as he stares at a microphone, apparently deep in thought.
Imagine you and Reinfeldt sending silly snapchats to eachother ♡ pic.twitter.com/CuVSkey9r7— imagine reinfeldt (@imaginreinfeldt) September 8, 2013
Since taking its place in the twittosphere on the evening of September 8th, a mere four days ago at time of writing, the account has attracted more than 3,200 followers, much to the surprise of its creator, 14-year-old Ebba Bogfors.
"The response has been great fun. It's great to know that I'm able to make people laugh," she says.
When contacted by The Local on her mobile phone, Bogfors is in gym class, huffing along on a run with her fellow sixth graders in Hallen, a community of 200 residents on the shores of Storsjön lake in Åre municipality in northern Sweden.
"I really never imagined this would attract any attention. I did it because I thought it was fun," she explains when asked about the Twitter account.
Imagine a guy told u you're hot & suddenly your boyfriend Reinfeldt pops up out of nowhere ready to beat him up.. <3 pic.twitter.com/zEKF4ISd4m— imagine reinfeldt (@imaginreinfeldt) September 10, 2013
Bogfors says she first began to reflect on the gold mine of humour hidden beneath the prime minister's austere exterior when she was 11-years-old, around the time of Sweden's last general election when Reinfeldt and his government earned a second term in office.
"He has this appearance that is somewhat serious. But I think he looks a lot like a puppy dog," she says.
"I've always thought he's sort of an amusing guy who is easy to make fun of."
Imagine u say a joke for ur boyfriend Reinfeldt but u forgot the point... He giggles & says "You're so cute babe" <3 pic.twitter.com/fRI6M1LZ26— imagine reinfeldt (@imaginreinfeldt) September 10, 2013
Over the past couple of years, Bogfors, a girl with a "special sense of humour who likes to joke about inappropriate topics" offered up a range of Reinfeldt-inspired quips to her friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Seeing Reinfeldt's face plastered on the television and the front pages of newspapers during last week's visit of US President Barack Obama prompted Bogfors to think anew about the next step in her ever-evolving Reinfeldt joke meme.
"I'd gotten a lot of positive responses to my postings on social media," she explains.
"And I had all these ideas of imagining Reinfeldt in different made-up scenes, so I decided to launch an entire Twitter account dedicated to the joke of having a crush on Reinfeldt."
Imagine you're on a date with your boyfriend Reinfeldt. You: Reinfeldt did you take my baby carrots? Reinfeldt: pic.twitter.com/YgpDwWe8nx— imagine reinfeldt (@imaginreinfeldt) September 11, 2013
Bogfors, who is currently single, emphasizes that flirtatious Twitter account is "totally made up" and that she in no way harbours feelings for Reinfeldt, who finalized his divorce from his wife Filipa in February 2013 after two decades of marriage.
Nor does she harbour any political leanings of her own.
"I'm not into politics. I don't have any real political opinions of my own. The account is meant to be totally neutral," she says.
All the @imaginreinfeldt tweets are written in English, Bogfors says, for the simple fact that "everything sounds much funnier in English".
While Bogfors has yet to meet Reinfeldt face-to-face, she knows exactly what she'd do should the opportunity arise.
"I'd simply tell him he's really lovely," she says.
"And then I'd give him a big hug."
Editor's Note: The Local's Swede of the Week is someone in the news who - for good or ill - has revealed something interesting about the country. Being selected as Swede of the Week is not necessarily an endorsement.