Niklas Löfgren
was @Sweden (2015-01-19 to 2015-01-26)

Hi all! My name is Niklas and I’m a father of two, I live alone with my kids in the southern suburbs of Stockholm. I’m 45 years old, and they are 18 and 19. I grew up in a small industrial town called Hallstavik, which was once famous for having Europe’s biggest paper mill. I have also lived out on an island, Yxlan, in the Stockholm archipelago, but nowadays I just spend my summers and weekends there.

I am a social insurance ‘nerd’ and therefore also the spokesperson of the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) when it comes to family economics. I love politics and especially family politics, so I will tweet a lot about that.

I love to watch hockey and my favourite team in Sweden is a team called Brynäs IF. Maybe you haven’t heard about the team, but if I say that it once was the home team for players like Börje Salming, Tomas Sandström, Mats Näslund, Johan Holmqvist, Fredrik Modin, Calle Järnkrok and Eddie Läck, then perhaps you have heard of some of them?

When it comes to music, I love different music depending on which mood I’m in but in general I guess that classical rock is the best.

I’m also a fan of handball and was once a player myself. Both my kids also played handball while growing up.

I think my week as @sweden will be about politics, justice, societies, labour markets, fertility rates, sports, music and maybe a little about the beautiful Swedish archipelago.

Well, I think that’s all you need to know for now.

Normally, you can find me at @familje_ekonomi (where I tweet mostly in Swedish).

@Sweden januari 25, 2015 15:32

If monday was the poorest day this year for families w children, today is the poorest day for the rest.

Salery comes tomorrow.

@Sweden januari 24, 2015 16:42

I’ve grown up with team Handball.
I’ve Played for 12 yrs,
Coached for 10 yrs
My children played for 10 yrs.

I Love Handball it unites!

@Sweden januari 24, 2015 15:01

Tonight is game night a big hockey derby!

”the knäckebröders” of Leksand takes on my favourite team ”Brynäs Tigers”!

We go for victory!!

@Sweden januari 24, 2015 11:28

We also have a pessimistic consultant who stated

”Why is it that when I drop my sandwich in the potty it always lands with the butter down”

@Sweden januari 22, 2015 22:52

Does your country want to have a paid/finaced parental Insurance system?

Ours cost 2.6% extra on top of every gross salary.

@Sweden januari 22, 2015 21:40

- Why we have a general social Insurance system for all, with different benefits?

- Well, so one can feel secure if life takes a new turn.

@Sweden januari 21, 2015 10:26

In Sweden gender equality is importent for most people.

Our family policy makes it possible for both parents to have a job and children.

@Sweden januari 21, 2015 08:59

Obama says -US is the only developed country without paid parental leave.

In Sweden u get 480 days paid/child.
80% of salary for 390 days

@Sweden januari 21, 2015 08:07

”small saturday” comes from the farmers ”maid- saturday”. The Maid often couldnt get saturdays off but she could get wednesdays off.

@Sweden januari 21, 2015 07:52

Today is the day of the hug in Sweden and internationally. It exists so we can get a chance to hug alittle bit more.

Take to the streets!

@Sweden januari 20, 2015 20:48

Luckely for a seperated parent like me we get atleast 1 273 kr/month/child in maintanence support from the other parent or from our agency.

@Sweden januari 20, 2015 15:18

One bad thing beeing a single parent of two- was that the school didnt care.

End of terms always same time/same day in 2 diff. classrooms.

@Sweden januari 20, 2015 11:09

Approx. 25% of all children in Sweden have seperated parents. 30-50% of these have alternate residence. My children also had that for 1 yr.

@Sweden januari 20, 2015 11:05

When parents separate the current trend in Sweden is that the children live alternate between the parents. One week at each parent.

@Sweden januari 19, 2015 23:58

Tomorrow I will talk more about how It is beeing a single parent in Sweden. Both of my kids have grown up living with me most of the time.

@Sweden januari 19, 2015 15:08

When child allowance was introduced back in 1948 you could buy 65l milk for it.

Today u can buy approx 120l milk for it.

If u like milk!

@Sweden januari 19, 2015 11:38

Today: carpenters wake me up – repainting at home, off to work, American radio intervju, workmeeting now lunch – chicken/rice/greencurry.

@Sweden januari 19, 2015 10:33

Tomorrow 1 million families in Sweden will get approx. 2 billion SEK just for the fact that they have children.

Children are our future!