Dilsa Demirbag Sten

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Dilsa Demirbag Sten (2009)

Dilsa Demirbag Sten (Kurdish: Dilşa Demirbag Sten) (pronounced "Dilsha") (born Dilşa Demirbağ, 10 October 1969) is a Kurdish-Swedish author and journalist.[1] A self-described liberal atheist, she is a frequent commentator on topics such as integration, honor violence, religious oppression of women and Islamic fundamentalism. She is a contributor to the newspapers Expressen, Östgöta Correspondenten, Göteborgs-Posten, Dagens Nyheter, Fokus and Axess. She has also hosted her own television show on Swedish TV8. She is a secular humanist and a board member of the Swedish Humanist Association.

Dilsa Demirbag was born into a Kurdish nomadic family in Kirvan, a small village in eastern Turkey. She came to Sweden with her family in 1976 (at the age of six) and grew up in the cities of Karlstad and Uppsala. At a young age she was brought by her family into a forced marriage, but eventually managed to break the engagement and then moved to Stockholm. She has worked at Riksteatern, Amnesty International and as a special adviser to the former Swedish Minister for Integration Leif Blomberg. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Stockholm University.

Her autobiography Stamtavlor ("Pedigrees"), which deals with her family's Kurdish descent,[2] was published in 2005.

She has four siblings: Dilba, Dilnarin, Dilber and Assan. Her sister Dilba is a famous singer and her sister Dilnarin is a dancer who has performed on stage with artists such as Martin "E-type" Eriksson. She is married and has two children.


  • Svenska - en nödvändighet 1995 Stift. Non-Violence Sweden[3]
  • Stamtavlor 2005 Norstedts[4]
  • Fosterland 2010 Bonniers[5]

As co-writer

  • Från Alfons till Dostojevskij. Co-writer. Rädda Barnen ISBN 91-89366-14-X
  • Makten framför allt. Co-writer. W&W
  • Violence in The Name of Honour. Co-writer. Istanbul Bilgi University Press
  • Tystade röster. Co-writer. Tranan. ISBN 978-91-85133-13-0

Other merits

  • Previous board member of Humanisterna (Swedish Humanist Association)[6][7]
  • member of auditing committee of Swedish Institute[8]
  • board member of Riksteatern[9]
  • member of Globaliseringsrådet (Globalisation Council)[10]


  1. ^ Dilsa Demirbag-Sten, Norstedts Förlag, accessed 2010-07-26 (in Swedish)
  2. ^ http://www.islamicpluralism.org/388/cip-meets-with-state-department-sponsored-swedish "Ms. Demirbag-Sten is of Kurdish ethnic background"
  3. ^ Libris (in Swedish)
  4. ^ Norsteds (in Swedish)
  5. ^ Bonniers (in Swedish)
  6. ^ Humanisternas nya styrelse, March 16, 2007 (Swedish)
  7. ^ Humanisternas årsmöte 2008 (Swedish)
  8. ^ Svenska institutets insynsråd (Swedish)
  9. ^ Möt Riksteaterns styrelse (Swedish)
  10. ^ Globaliseringsrådet, The Swedish Government (Swedish)
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