RIP Marie Fredriksson

Marie Fredriksson, Swedish pop singer, songwriter, pianist and painter, known for forming pop rock duo Roxette in 1986 alongside Per Gessle died yesterday after a 17 year old battle with cancer  at the age of 61 from complications during treatment of an aggressive brain tumor. The duo achieved international success in the late-1980s and early-1990s with their albums Look Sharp! (1988 ) and Joyride (1991), and had six top two hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “The Look”, “Listen to Your Heart”, “Dangerous”, “It Must Have Been Love”, “Joyride” and “Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)”.

She was the youngest of five children born of Charles Gösta Fredriksson (1914–1981) and Inez Dagmar Fredriksson. Her interest in music continued to grow throughout her teens, as she discovered artists such as The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple. She enrolled in a music school in the Svalöv Municipality at the age of seventeen. Fredriksson had a successful career in her native country prior to forming Roxette. She was a member of punk group Strul, a band which created their own music festival in 1979. Strul’s dissolution led to the creation of her next project, the short-lived MaMas Barn, after which she began releasing solo work. Her first album, Het vind, was issued in 1984, followed by Den sjunde vågen in 1986 and … Efter stormen in 1987. Roxette’s international breakthrough coincided with a period of inactivity for Fredriksson as a solo artist, punctuated only by the release of the non-album single “Sparvöga” in 1989. Subsequent solo albums included Den ständiga resan (1992) and I en tid som vår (1996).

Fredriksson met her husband, keyboardist Mikael “Micke” Bolyos, during the Australian leg of “Join the Joyride!” in December 1991. The couple married in a private ceremony in May 1994, which was attended only by immediate family members. Fredriksson and Bolyos had two children: a daughter named Inez Josefin and a son named Oscar.

6+ Reasons To Move Abroad

Many people assume that they will spend their lives in the country where they were born. But, that doesn’t always turn out to be the case. Some individuals find that migrating to another country will give them increased employment prospects and a better quality of life. Others may wish to do so to be nearer relatives that have already migrated overseas. If you feel that things in your country aren’t likely to improve in your lifetime, it’s worth considering a move abroad.

Of course, moving to another country is quite a big decision, and it is undoubtedly one that you shouldn’t take lightly! If you’re unsure whether planting new roots in a foreign country is right for you, here are some reasons why it may make sense for you and your family to migrate overseas:

1. Political instability

The sad truth is that some countries aren’t very safe to live in due to political instability. As you can imagine, living in a place where you are highly likely to get targeted because of your political stance or beliefs is dangerous.

2. High unemployment

Are you working all the hours you can but earning very little in return? And are there high unemployment rates in your country, especially for your preferred industry? If the answer to those questions is yes, moving to another country with better job prospects is a sensible move.

3. Family

If the majority of your family has already moved to another country in search of a better life, you may well wish to follow suit. After all; it can feel lonely when most of your family is living hundreds or even thousands of miles away from you. Family immigration isn’t uncommon in many parts of the world.

4. Mental health and wellbeing

It’s no fun living in a country that makes you feel mentally unwell. Unsurprisingly, people that live in parts of the world where it rains most of the year can often suffer from mental health problems. A move to sunnier climes is always good for the mind, and great for the soul!

5. Business opportunities

Are you an entrepreneur? If so, you may feel that you’ve exhausted all investment ideas where you are and need to move abroad. Doing so could unlock a plethora of business opportunities, such as for import and export of goods, for instance.

6. Healthcare

Did you know that the standard of healthcare in countries and even the cost of it can be a significant deciding factor for some people? It comes as no surprise that the level of healthcare offered to citizens in some countries is much better than others. In many cases, it can feel like the difference between night and day!

7. Education

Last, but not least, if you have young children, you may wish to move abroad for their education. Western countries, for example, typically offer better opportunities for learning than in third-world nations. Moving abroad to seek better education prospects for children isn’t as uncommon a reason as you might think.