I am Christopher Aqurette, the Swedish writer who keeps this diary on daily life and current affairs. I was born in May 1972 at Höllviken, a coastal village on the southernmost tip of the Scandinavian Peninsula. After education at a sixth-form college in England and two decades of administrative work in Stockholm and Amsterdam, I now live with my husband in Malmö, Sweden’s third-largest city and a major port situated on the Sound opposite the Danish capital of Copenhagen. In addition to being a writer, I am the chairman of a regional health organization and a lay judge in the Court of Appeal.

I was a mature student with work experience when I earned my Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Lund University. As a Jewish philosopher committed to the whole gamut of civil liberties and human rights, I devoted my academic studies to homophobia, nationalism, multiculturalism, and freedom of religion. In my master’s thesis, I analysed four court cases that have established precedents to examine how the Swedish judiciary has dealt with legal challenges to religious liberty.

I have written articles for several publications, and I was one in a small group of people who, in 1995, founded QX, Scandinavia’s leading gay publication. In April 2000, I bought my very own domain name and began to publish myself online. Five years later, in August 2005, I launched the diary and set about documenting my life and what I consider the most notable developments in arts, science, and politics. The diary is registered with the Swedish Broadcasting Authority.