Maciej Zaremba / Sweden

Maciej Zaremba  (born 12 March 1951) is a Swedish journalist and author.

Zaremba was born in Poland. He came to Sweden in 1969 where he worked as a construction worker during the 1970s. He earned a B.A. in the history of ideas from Stockholm University in 1988. He started writing for the newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” in 1989 and in 1994 he was recruited to the editorial team of the now defunct magazine “Moderna tider”.

In 1997, Zaremba became famous after he wrote a series of articles in “Dagens Nyheter” about the compulsory sterilization program active in Sweden from the mid-1930s until the mid-1970s. The article sparked much debate in Sweden and led to a government inquiry into the matter.

In 2005 he wrote a series of articles about a labor dispute involving foreign construction workers in Vaxholm. For these articles, he was awarded the Stora Journalistpriset („Great Journalist Award“) and Hasse Olssons pris till årets ekonomijournalist („Hasse Olsson’s Award for Business Journalist of the Year“) in 2006. In 2005 he also received Gösta Bohman-stipendiet („Gösta Bohman Award) and a prize from the Swedish Academy.

Zaremba has been married since 1982 to the author Agneta Pleijel.

Photo by Adam Stepien