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Astrid Lindgren’s legacy

Despite it now being many years since Astrid Lindgren passed away she most definitely still lives on amongst us. We read her books, watch her films, and sing her songs. Many are the quotes that have found their way into our vocabulary and her values still shape our understanding of what’s right or wrong, good and evil. Her importance to our society cannot be overstated.

Many now living authors, playwrights and filmmakers have been inspired by Astrid Lindgren’s oeuvre and she is often recognised at literary, theatre or film festivals around the world. Since Astrid’s death several books have been written about her or her work, there have been documentary films made and exhibitions held, several prizes have been created in her honour, streets have been named after her characters, and in several places there are Astrid Lindgren statues.

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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Since Astrid Lindgren’s death there have been many who have wanted to honour her memory. The Swedish government had already created, in 2002, an international award in her name, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a literary prize in memory of Astrid Lindgren that’s handed out annually. The prize is worth five million SEK, which makes it the world’s biggest international prize for children and young adult literature. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is given to people and organisations that keep to the highest artistic standards and which work in the same spirit as Astrid Lindgren, safeguarding democratic values.

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The Astrid Lindgren Prize

Astrid Lindgren’s books have inspired and continue to inspire authors the world over.

The Astrid Lindgren Prize

Honours and awards presented to Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren has been awarded many prizes and awards, among others the German Booksellers’ Peace Prize, The Swedish Nursing Mother´s Support Group Prize and The Swedish Academy’s Grand Gold Medal.

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“I want to write for a readership that can create miracles. Children create miracles when they read.”

From “That’s why children need books”, the speech Astrid Lindgren held at the reception of the H C Andersen Award in April 1958.
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The Astrid Lindgren Archive

Astrid Lindgren already began to donate letters, articles, book manuscripts, film and theatre plays, shorthand pads and lots more to the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm during her lifetime. She simply wasn't able to store it all herself. After her death her family continued to donate important documents to the archive. The archive is the largest a single Swedish individual has ever bequeathed and extends across 140 metres of shelves. In 2005 the Astrid Lindgren Archive became inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. UNESCO grants the award to archives, museums or documents that have been deemed as valuable to all humanity.

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The centenary jubilee

In 2007, when Astrid Lindgren would have been 100, she was celebrated all over the world. Astrid Lindgren’s memory was honoured in all sorts of ways - a large number of books about her and by her were published, exhibitions opened across all continents, programs commemorating her were aired on TV and radio, stamps were issued. To further honour the memory of Astrid Lindgren’s centenary a collection was started to build an Astrid Lindgren Children’s Village together with SOS Children’s Villages. In 2009 her children’s village was completed. 120 children have been given a new family and the school and nursery provide education to hundreds of children.

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Astrid Lindgren’s Näs

In 2007, in connection with the centenary celebrations, a major exhibition on Astrid Lindgren’s life and work opened at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs, the place where Astrid was born and grew up. Here it is possible to get guided tours of her childhood home, walk about in the beautiful gardens and take in exciting temporary exhibitions.

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Astrid Lindgren on the 20-kronor bank note

Since 2015 Astrid Lindgren and Pippi Longstocking adorn the new Swedish 20 crown banknote. The new banknotes are decorated with people who have made a positive and lasting cultural impact during the 20th century. Astrid is in the company of Greta Garbo, Dag Hammarskjöld and Ingmar Bergman amongst others.

Books about Astrid Lindgren