Ingrid Carlberg Ingrid Carlberg

About the author


Ingrid Carlberg is a Swedish journalist and writer. She is also Honorary Doctor of Medicine at Uppsala University. Between the years 1990 and 2010 Ingrid Carlberg was employed by Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, with a focus on investigative and narrative reportage. She held Hjörnes visiting professorship in practical journalism at the University of Gothenburg 2012/2013.


Born 1961 in Surahammar, outside of Västerås, she today resides in Stockholm, Sweden. She started her career as journalist in Västerås, 1982. After her university studies she performed research for “Maktutredningen”, the Swedish Governments Official Study on Power, 1988-1990. Since 2010 she devotes all of her time to being an author and freelance journalist. She holds a BA from Uppsala University in Political Science and Economics.


Ingrid Carlberg debuted as a child and young adult author in 2002 with the books about Rosalie and followed up with the youth novel “My brother Benjamin.” In 2008 her first nonfiction book ”The Pill” was published and became a success. The book is a journalistic account on the history of our time’s popular antidepressant drugs, and on the tensions between biologists and freudians in psychiatry over time.


In 2012 the Swedish edition of the biography on Raoul Wallenberg was published by Norstedts (Det står ett rum här och väntar på dig). The book was  awarded the August Prize for best Swedish non-fiction of the year.


Selected awards:

– Awarded the Axel Hirsch Prize by the Swedish Academy for “a biography of high artistic and historical value or an important historical work, published in the past two years.” (Raoul Wallenberg)


– Awarded the August Prize for best Swedish non-fiction book in 2012 (“Raoul Wallenberg: The Biography”).


– Guldspaden for best investigative journalism in book form in 2008 (“The Pill”)


– Awarded the Psychiatric Association’s Culture Prize in 2010 (“The Pill”)


– Nominated for the August prize for best Swedish non-fiction book in 2008 (“The Pill”)