Born: 1955 in Jönköping.
Family: Married to Marie Adaktusson, two adult children.
Lives: In Stockholm and Brussels.
For over 35 years I have had the privilege to work in news journalism. This has been a great privilege for me – the job has taken me to the most diverse places and environments around the world.
From the inside, I have seen the corridors of power in the White House and the Kremlin, I have witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and directly reported from inside the besieged city of Sarajevo. I have interviewed desperate people in overcrowded refugee camps and seen the misery in the Gaza Strip. I have faced the terror of suicide bombers in Israel and have been personally censored by the dictatorship in Iran. I have reported about American presidential elections and about the impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I reported about draught and famine in Africa, natural disasters in Latin America and Islamist terrorist acts in the Arab world.
In Sweden, I have reported on the murder of Olof Palme and suspected Soviet submarines. Up close, I followed the tragedy of the murder of Anna Lindh, and just a year later; the unprecedented tsunami disaster.
I am grateful for the experiences and lessons that assignments have given me. As few others I have had the opportunity to put my experience in different positions; as a political reporter and commentator, as a news anchor and TV host and as a foreign correspondent in the three major regions of the world; Central Europe, USA and Middle East.
The knowledge and contacts from journalism as a whole is an important asset in the work as a member of the European Parliament. My belief is that party politics in general need representatives with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Hopefully, my professional experiences and policies contribute to an even greater effect of Christian democratic values in public opinion and decision making.
Complete CV in English here