Eva Gabrielsson

Arguably best known for being the long-time partner of the late Stieg Larsson, the famous Swedish novelist who wrote the Millennium series, Eva Gabrielsson has established herself as a notable author, architect, feminist, and prominent activist in the political arena.

Who is Eva Gabrielsson?

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Born on November 17th, 1953, Eva Gabrielsson has lived an almost storied life that has included many different activities which have mostly been associated with her partner, Stieg Larsson, in a relationship that lasted from 1974 to his untimely death in 2004.

Her Life with Larsson

The relationship grew out of love and mutual interest in the politics of Sweden which continued for the entire time that they were together. With Larsson being one of the most noted experts on the neo-Nazi movement in Sweden, Eva joined him in helping to expose these extreme right-wing, anti-democratic organizations which carried with it the risks of danger to them both.

Therefore, Eva and Stieg never married because he feared that the anti-Nazi work he was doing would put her at risk of assassination just like him. There would be no paper trail to link them together in terms of their financial or legal status so she could remain clear of any retaliation from the extremists. The 30 years she spent with Stieg are chronicled in her book, “There are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me”, an autobiography that reveals much about their lives together.

In her autobiography, she described Stieg as many things, including an unsuccessful journalist and businessman, a feminist, and a fighter for social causes along with being a force against the neo-Nazi movement in Sweden. Larsson founded Expo, an anti-fascist publication in 1995 and began to create the Millennium series which became an international success. Three of his works of the planned 10-volume series were published and a fourth was planned with about 200 pages already written.

Unfortunately for Eva, when Stieg died unexpectedly in 2004 from a heart attack, she was in no position to take control of his estate because he didn’t leave a will behind. Instead, according to Swedish law, Larsson’s estate went to his father and brother, even though Stieg had been estranged from his father for quite some time. In fact, Stieg had spent a considerable amount of time during his childhood with his grandparents who essentially raised him for nine years.

Eva was left out in the cold essentially and to this day has felt like she was dispossessed because of the situation with the estate and how Stieg’s father and brother have managed it since his death.

Eva’s Fight for Larsson’s Legacy

With Stieg’s father and brother running the estate, Eva has been negotiating with them over control of his works. Since Eva has made some noted contributions to the works of Stieg Larsson, the legal rights have been in dispute since his death.

This has not prevented the media rights from being sold for the creation of three Swedish films from the Millennium series, which includes “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played with Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”, all three starring Noomi Rapace, who has gone on to a successful career in American films. In addition, an English version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was made starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

Eva’s fight has been over the literary rights to all of Stieg’s work and she has refused an offer of $3.3 million from Stieg’s father and brother to settle the matter. She has claimed in interviews that she will not be bought, so the fight continues.

Author

Her most famous work is arguably her memoir about her life with Stieg, but she has authored other works which have gained in prominence as well. She has stated that it was never her intention to write an account of her life with Stieg, but rather it was a coping process after losing her partner to help get through the grief. Eva had kept a diary of their time together and turned that into a book, the title of which comes from a time in which Larsson was on a trip to Africa in 1977 and believed that he would not make it back.

She has co-authored several books and literary projects which includes a government study in Sweden on creating sustainable housing, a monograph about co-habitation, and a new study with Per Olof Hallman, a noted Swedish urban planner.

Other Information

In addition to her own works, she has translated the novel “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick into the Swedish language. She has been a tireless advocate to end violence against women, and she continues her architectural practice that involves both office and housing construction. A part of her work in this field involves an initiative by the European Union to fashion architecture that is sustainable in the region of Dalecarlia.

One of the more interesting theories that has been bandied about by those who knew Stieg Larsson, most notably his friends Kurdo Baksi and Anders Hellberg, is that the Millennium series is something that was out of character for the author. His friends are convinced that Eva Gabrielsson had something to do with writing it and perhaps even co-authored the work.

Eva has been quoted several times on the subject, including one interview where a co-authorship was implied. However, she has clarified her statements since that time stating that it was Stieg Larsson who was responsible for the craftsmanship and writing of the series. Her contributions were more along the lines of suggesting some content which included some ideas that she had regarding the work.

In any event, Eva Gabrielsson remains a strong figure in Sweden and while closely associated with her late partner Stieg Larsson, she has managed to carve out her own identity.

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319 thoughts on “Eva Gabrielsson”
  1. It is obvious that Sweden is still a backward country re: women’s rights & partner rights. The question has to be asked: Is the Swedish government punishing Eva Gabrielsson as a form of retribution against Larsson’s expose of Swedish government & societal corruption? The Swedish government should be shamed & embarrassed into updating their cohabitation & inheritance laws. What kind of supposed “first world” country still treats its women in this way? Shame on Sweden – update your laws & prove you are not as oppressive as Larsson’s books suggest. Eva Gabrielsson’s situation is symbolic of the ongoing injustices that are being carried out in Sweden today. WHAT CAN WE DO? Women all over the world should refuse to spend their tourist money in Sweden until this dispute is resolved in Gabrielsson’s favor. If someone who is knowledgeable about such things COULD PUT TOGETHER A PETITION expressing outrage over Sweden’s regressive laws, I am sure that many men & women would sign it. If anyone reading this has the know-how to create a petition please do it and post it on this site. In the meantime, the rest of us can email/call/write the Swedish tourist department and tell them you won’t be spending your hard-earned money in a country that abuses women, especially the common-law wife of Steig Larsson. If they receive enough emails, they will listen. And finally, if Eva Gabrielsson does write a book, buy it to support her! Below is contact info for the Swedish tourist dept that I obtained from the ‘net.

    For UK & Ireland residents:

    VisitSweden

    Stortorget 2-4

    SE- 831 30 Östersund, Sweden

    Phone (UK): 020 7108 6168

    E-mail: uk@visitsweden.com

    Fax: 46 63 – 12 81 37

    Phone (Ireland): 01 247 5440

    E-mail: ireland@visitsweden.com

    Opening hours: 8:00 -17:00 (Central European Time)

    For US and Canadian residents:

    VisitSweden

    P.O. Box 4649, Grand Central Station

    New York, NY 10163-4649, USA

    Phone: 1 212-885 9700

    Fax: 1 212-885 9710

    E-mail: usa@visitsweden.com

    Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM EST

    For residents in other countries:

    E-mail: info@visitsweden.com

    For UK & Ireland residents:

    VisitSweden

    Stortorget 2-4

    SE- 831 30 Östersund, Sweden

    Phone (UK): 020 7108 6168

    E-mail: uk@visitsweden.com

    Fax: 46 63 – 12 81 37

    Phone (Ireland): 01 247 5440

    E-mail: ireland@visitsweden.com

    Opening hours: 8:00 -17:00 (Central European Time)

    For US and Canadian residents:

    VisitSweden

    P.O. Box 4649, Grand Central Station

    New York, NY 10163-4649, USA

    Phone: 1 212-885 9700

    Fax: 1 212-885 9710

    E-mail: usa@visitsweden.com

    Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM EST

    For residents in other countries:

    E-mail: info@visitsweden.com

    Sarah, Santa Fe, New Mexico,

    Why are you referring only to women? If Eva Gabrielsson had died, Stieg Larson wouldn’t have inherited her either. They were not married, he didn’t wrote a will in her favor, why should she inherit him?

    Michael Comte, 21 January 2011

    I’ve read that in Sweden you don’t have to be married to inherit — but if you’re not married, then you have to register your relationship with the civil authorities. Otherwise, you are treated as a flat-mate. That doesn’t discriminate against anybody.

    Also, Sarah, as much as nobody wants to believe this (especially on this board), maybe Stieg didn’t want Eva to inherit. With all the lawyers that would have been around to draw up all those book contracts, it’s hard to imagine that not one of them brought up the idea of a will. Surely, Stieg had a personal lawyer who would have done this?

    Bob,

    Sarah, being from the states, you are obviously not as aware of how Sweden treats their people as one would living in Sweden. They have one of the most progressive governments in the world. Their treatment of women in general has been lauded as one of the best.

    Were you aware that Steig and his girlfriend were involved in “policing” those in the country who were Nazi/skinhead sympathizers? That is why she was worried about his safety more than his health.

    Please do a little more research on what you spout off about, before you go full throttle against a country’s whole governmental system. Eva may have an ax to grind, and she is just one person.

    You know, living in the States, we are not able WHATSOEVER to receive monies/inheritances from a boyfriend/girlfriend. We cannot register our relationship with the government so that we can establish that. But, in Sweden, where marriage is often an afterthought, they can do that.

    I’m very proud of my Swedish heritage, and know that the US should be copying many of the things that are standard in Sweden.

    Kathy G, in IL, US,

    Reply to this comment
    1. Because he was a true communist believer and didn’t believe that somebody should inherit the money of the person he/she is sleeping with. This money should go to the comunity and be shared between all.

      – Michael Comte,

    2. Yes, Louise, my interest also! I saw exposure of a system protecting predators of vulnerable children, human trafficking, mafia profit from moving women around Europe and possibly globally. I saw profits, sex, drugs, arms, corruption. These business models operate globally. I saw Nazi influence in control, cruelty, corruption, profits.

      – A.Jones,

    3. Indeed it is INCREDIBLE, to say the least, that swedish laws are so archaic concerning the rights of a de facto wife…UNBELIAVABLE, that he, acting in this front and defending other women´s rights, failed to protect her own, he should knew this laws, for sure, and yet did nothing from preventing this to happen…Not saying he did that on purpose, sure not, but how naive he was…and she as well, from not preventing all of this!! He smoked like a chimney, ate only fast food, drnak sometimes more than 30 cups of coffee in a day, did no physical activities, and how this was not predictable:!

      – Roberto Vivacqua, Argentina,

  2. It is obvious that Sweden is still a backward country re: women’s rights & partner rights. The question has to be asked: Is the Swedish government punishing Eva Gabrielsson as a form of retribution against Larsson’s expose of Swedish government & societal corruption? The Swedish government should be shamed & embarrassed into updating their cohabitation & inheritance laws. What kind of supposed “first world” country still treats its women in this way? Shame on Sweden – update your laws & prove you are not as oppressive as Larsson’s books suggest. Eva Gabrielsson’s situation is symbolic of the ongoing injustices that are being carried out in Sweden today. WHAT CAN WE DO? Women all over the world should refuse to spend their tourist money in Sweden until this dispute is resolved in Gabrielsson’s favor. If someone who is knowledgeable about such things COULD PUT TOGETHER A PETITION expressing outrage over Sweden’s regressive laws, I am sure that many men & women would sign it. If anyone reading this has the know-how to create a petition please do it and post it on this site. In the meantime, the rest of us can email/call/write the Swedish tourist department and tell them you won’t be spending your hard-earned money in a country that abuses women, especially the common-law wife of Steig Larsson. If they receive enough emails, they will listen. And finally, if Eva Gabrielsson does write a book, buy it to support her! Below is contact info for the Swedish tourist dept that I obtained from the ‘net.

    For UK & Ireland residents:

    VisitSweden

    Stortorget 2-4

    SE- 831 30 Östersund, Sweden

    Phone (UK): 020 7108 6168

    E-mail: uk@visitsweden.com

    Fax: 46 63 – 12 81 37

    Phone (Ireland): 01 247 5440

    E-mail: ireland@visitsweden.com

    Opening hours: 8:00 -17:00 (Central European Time)

    For US and Canadian residents:

    VisitSweden

    P.O. Box 4649, Grand Central Station

    New York, NY 10163-4649, USA

    Phone: 1 212-885 9700

    Fax: 1 212-885 9710

    E-mail: usa@visitsweden.com

    Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM EST

    For residents in other countries:

    E-mail: info@visitsweden.com

    For UK & Ireland residents:

    VisitSweden

    Stortorget 2-4

    SE- 831 30 Östersund, Sweden

    Phone (UK): 020 7108 6168

    E-mail: uk@visitsweden.com

    Fax: 46 63 – 12 81 37

    Phone (Ireland): 01 247 5440

    E-mail: ireland@visitsweden.com

    Opening hours: 8:00 -17:00 (Central European Time)

    For US and Canadian residents:

    VisitSweden

    P.O. Box 4649, Grand Central Station

    New York, NY 10163-4649, USA

    Phone: 1 212-885 9700

    Fax: 1 212-885 9710

    E-mail: usa@visitsweden.com

    Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM EST

    For residents in other countries:

    E-mail: info@visitsweden.com

    Sarah, Santa Fe, New Mexico,

    Why are you referring only to women? If Eva Gabrielsson had died, Stieg Larson wouldn’t have inherited her either. They were not married, he didn’t wrote a will in her favor, why should she inherit him?

    Michael Comte,

    I’ve read that in Sweden you don’t have to be married to inherit — but if you’re not married, then you have to register your relationship with the civil authorities. Otherwise, you are treated as a flat-mate. That doesn’t discriminate against anybody.

    Also, Sarah, as much as nobody wants to believe this (especially on this board), maybe Stieg didn’t want Eva to inherit. With all the lawyers that would have been around to draw up all those book contracts, it’s hard to imagine that not one of them brought up the idea of a will. Surely, Stieg had a personal lawyer who would have done this?

    Bob,

    Sarah, being from the states, you are obviously not as aware of how Sweden treats their people as one would living in Sweden. They have one of the most progressive governments in the world. Their treatment of women in general has been lauded as one of the best.

    Were you aware that Steig and his girlfriend were involved in “policing” those in the country who were Nazi/skinhead sympathizers? That is why she was worried about his safety more than his health.

    Please do a little more research on what you spout off about, before you go full throttle against a country’s whole governmental system. Eva may have an ax to grind, and she is just one person.

    You know, living in the States, we are not able WHATSOEVER to receive monies/inheritances from a boyfriend/girlfriend. We cannot register our relationship with the government so that we can establish that. But, in Sweden, where marriage is often an afterthought, they can do that.

    I’m very proud of my Swedish heritage, and know that the US should be copying many of the things that are standard in Sweden.

    Kathy G, in IL, US,

    Reply to this comment
    1. Because he was a true communist believer and didn’t believe that somebody should inherit the money of the person he/she is sleeping with. This money should go to the comunity and be shared between all.

      – Michael Comte,

    2. Yes – the first book stands pretty much alone – and the second and third develop on that foundation – what an incredible writer. I could not put it down and I am not a ‘thriller’ fan – think this is the only thriller I have ever read. Just brilliant plot and the characters are superb.

      – Leo,

  3. I’ve just finished reading the Trilogy and would just like to say that for one I am deeply saddened by the loss of one heck of a tremendous author.

    I am further shocked at the conditions Women in Swedish society are, so it seems, subjected to. Although Stieg’s, work is fiction the underling truth of the Trilogy are truly shocking.

    Further proof of how women are used or humiliated in Swedish society is in Stieg’s, life partner Eva, current battle with Stieg’s, partners family over the rights of the books. Truly disgusting!

    Allan,

  4. I’ve read the Trilogy, There are things I want you to know about Stieg Larsson and Me, That Girl Start her Own Country, The Sultan of Monte Cristo, and The Counte of Monte Cristo. The Trilogy was one of the best series I’ve read. The Counte of Monte Cristo is a classic. The book “About Steig and Me is a good, fairly well written book. The Sultan of Monte Cristo and That Girl are not well written books. It seems someone used notes and just pasted them together. Whoever wrote the Trilogy, I believe Stieg Larsson, did not write the Sequels to the Count of Monte Cristo. That Girl Started her own Country could have been a good book. It states it is not the fourth book but anyone with a brain can see it is. The plot sounded like Stieg Larsson for the fourth book but someone threw it together without the extreme details that Mr. Larsson would use. I hope when the real fourth book and those that might follow someone with a writers mind will finish the books. Holy Ghost Writer needs to take some writing classes or it could be someone that is trying to make a profit off of Mr. Larssons great writing skills. I feel rather foolish having purchased the books thinking that some unknown is making a profit off of a Great author.

    BAP,

    1. Yeah, you are right. Why did he obmitted the rights of his girlfriend?I really love his stories and wish hard that Ms Gabrielsson will get the literacy rights to continue the 4th book. In fact, I do hope that Lisbeth & Mikael be together. May God bless her to get the rights soon!

      – Linda,

    2. If there is an unresolved conflict between Ms Gabrielsson and Larsson’s family, has anyone considered the possibility that there could co

      -exist more than one, indeed many, versions of Book #4 and on? If you are aware of the Jane Austen phenomenon of literally hundreds of sequels written by Austen fans (check it out if you don’t know about this!) — it suggests to me that Eva can write more, and so can the brother write his versions, and then we can enjoy them all. And they can go on and on. It works for Austen fans, why not for Stieg Larsson lovers? (Don’t tell me, I don’t want to think about millions of dollars profits for them to dispute over).

      – Beverly Solberg,

  5. I read the whole trilogy last year and I found it awesome. Stieg was terrific. I admire him and I hope Eva gets what she deserves. That´s what Stieg would have wanted. Respect him, her…them.

    Rolf Gerhard M,

  6. I’ve just finished reading the Trilogy and would just like to say that for one I am deeply saddened by the loss of one heck of a tremendous author.

    I am further shocked at the conditions Women in Swedish society are, so it seems, subjected to. Although Stieg’s, work is fiction the underling truth of the Trilogy are truly shocking.

    Further proof of how women are used or humiliated in Swedish society is in Stieg’s, life partner Eva, current battle with Stieg’s, partners family over the rights of the books. Truly disgusting!

    Allan,

  7. I’ve read the Trilogy, There are things I want you to know about Stieg Larsson and Me, That Girl Start her Own Country, The Sultan of Monte Cristo, and The Counte of Monte Cristo. The Trilogy was one of the best series I’ve read. The Counte of Monte Cristo is a classic. The book “About Steig and Me is a good, fairly well written book. The Sultan of Monte Cristo and That Girl are not well written books. It seems someone used notes and just pasted them together. Whoever wrote the Trilogy, I believe Stieg Larsson, did not write the Sequels to the Count of Monte Cristo. That Girl Started her own Country could have been a good book. It states it is not the fourth book but anyone with a brain can see it is. The plot sounded like Stieg Larsson for the fourth book but someone threw it together without the extreme details that Mr. Larsson would use. I hope when the real fourth book and those that might follow someone with a writers mind will finish the books. Holy Ghost Writer needs to take some writing classes or it could be someone that is trying to make a profit off of Mr. Larssons great writing skills. I feel rather foolish having purchased the books thinking that some unknown is making a profit off of a Great author.

    BAP,

    1. Yeah, you are right. Why did he obmitted the rights of his girlfriend?I really love his stories and wish hard that Ms Gabrielsson will get the literacy rights to continue the 4th book. In fact, I do hope that Lisbeth & Mikael be together. May God bless her to get the rights soon!

      – Linda,

    2. If there is an unresolved conflict between Ms Gabrielsson and Larsson’s family, has anyone considered the possibility that there could co

      -exist more than one, indeed many, versions of Book #4 and on? If you are aware of the Jane Austen phenomenon of literally hundreds of sequels written by Austen fans (check it out if you don’t know about this!) — it suggests to me that Eva can write more, and so can the brother write his versions, and then we can enjoy them all. And they can go on and on. It works for Austen fans, why not for Stieg Larsson lovers? (Don’t tell me, I don’t want to think about millions of dollars profits for them to dispute over).

      – Beverly Solberg,

  8. I read the whole trilogy last year and I found it awesome. Stieg was terrific. I admire him and I hope Eva gets what she deserves. That´s what Stieg would have wanted. Respect him, her…them.

    Rolf Gerhard M,

  9. Ms Gabrielsson,

    There are several legal theories which can be used to defeat the intestate succession statute, in most countries…I do not know about Sweden, but please find a lawyer there who does. Will be reading whatever I can find that you (or Mr. Larsson [Stieg]) have to say.

    Mike from Missouri,

  10. I really hope the Swedish justice system is able to correct its gaping flaw and give Ms. Gabrielsson control of Mr. Larsson’s legacy. The injustice that has been meted out to her in regards to her life partner is staggeringly brutal.

    yours truly,

  11. I really hope the Swedish justice system is able to correct its gaping flaw and give Ms. Gabrielsson control of Mr. Larsson’s legacy. The injustice that has been meted out to her in regards to her life partner is staggeringly brutal.

    yours truly,

  12. I am sure that Eva’s book will be an interesting read. And I am also sure it will be a best seller. 32 years with Herr Larsson is a long time, and I am sure she knew him “like a book.” (pun intended).

    Steffe,

  13. I am sure that Eva’s book will be an interesting read. And I am also sure it will be a best seller. 32 years with Herr Larsson is a long time, and I am sure she knew him “like a book.” (pun intended).

    Steffe,

  14. Eva Gabrielsson should not be facing the problems with Stieg Larssons brother and father. He shared 32 years with Ms Gabrielsson and that should clearly make her the inheritor of at least half his estate. It should be up to his life partner to handle his creative legacy since she was there as a key sounding board during the writing of his books. I thought Swedish law would be more progressive.

    L Huhges,

    1. I feel the same way too, I think that after living with him for so long and having the same believes she can continue the series. I hope that someday his father and brother can give her what is rightfully hers.

      – Fatima Ayala,

  15. Eva Gabrielsson should not be facing the problems with Stieg Larssons brother and father. He shared 32 years with Ms Gabrielsson and that should clearly make her the inheritor of at least half his estate. It should be up to his life partner to handle his creative legacy since she was there as a key sounding board during the writing of his books. I thought Swedish law would be more progressive.

    L Huhges,

    1. Actually that is not so. The unfinished fourth book by Stieg is tied up in legal problems and Herr Lagercrantz’s book is all by him. True, the Larsson family approved his writing a fourth book. But Eva Gabrielsson has the Stieg version and has ben forbidden to finish it, she has no rights to it, say the senior Larssons. A pity, because Eva helprd stieg write all three of the trilogy. And to those who claim she is greedy, you are wrong. All she wants are the moral and e d itorial rights. She knew what Stieg wanted to complete book four. So please no more nasty jabs at this lady. Read her book, Stieg and the English version, Stieg Larsson and Me, for her side of it.

      – Tara Lawrence

      -Stuart,

    2. What is called the continuing Stieg Larsson Millennium 4th in the series is quite empty and lacks substance. I am not in favor of a book burning, but perhaps Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) would put The Spider Web out of its misery and save us time and $$$. Ms. Eva may you one day somehow and maybe not in your country be able to complete what Mr. Larsson started, a brilliant Fourth.

      – Carole,,

  16. already halfway through The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo..and yes, it really is a page-turner..can’t seem to get enough of it..now if i could only read in my sleep…. ;)

    redvil,

  17. I haven’t read the books yet but will- all I can lay my hands on including political, fictional and the later books by eva.

    I am stunned that Sweden/s partner/marriage laws are so prejudicial. I thought they had grown beyond that. Haven’t the slightest idea why.

    Did any of the other male Larssons have heart problems? Yet?

    Estella,

  18. Extremely wonderfully good!!!! It should be considered for a Nobel, no doubt about that. Greetings from Puerto Rico in the Caribbean…

    historiaensis,

  19. I haven’t read the books yet but will- all I can lay my hands on including political, fictional and the later books by eva.

    I am stunned that Sweden/s partner/marriage laws are so prejudicial. I thought they had grown beyond that. Haven’t the slightest idea why.

    Did any of the other male Larssons have heart problems? Yet?

    Estella,

  20. Extremely wonderfully good!!!! It should be considered for a Nobel, no doubt about that. Greetings from Puerto Rico in the Caribbean…

    historiaensis,

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