perola_olssonWhere are you from?
I am originally from a small fishing village in the Northwest of Skåne; Lerberget but with a few exceptions I have lived in Lund since 1982 when I entered the university.

What do you like most about your country?
That it is not overpopulated and that we still have so much open nature for us to enjoy.

If you would recommend one place for a tourist to visit in your country, where would that be?
Depends on but when the trees start to turn green at Kullaberg, that is to be very close to God.

Where you an A student?
More or less during primary, junior and senior school ( with the sad exceptions of Math, PE and French) At upper secondary I had my “sturm und drang” period but managed to leave school after a sabbatical with acceptable grades.

What was your dream job when you were a youngster?
As I recall it it was either lawyer or fire-fighter. But somewhere in senior school it got set on being a career officer in either the air force or the army.

When you have one day off at home, how would you spend it?
With two still small children (9 and 5), building Lego will come on top of the list (and I enjoy it too) As a home owner there are always things to fix. (A friend of mine once said that owning your own house is a slow and very expensive suicide) When all that is done I would relax with a film or a book, cook something tasty and enjoy it with the family.

How would you describe Lund in three words?
Humor, tradition and progresss

What is your role at the IESL?
I am the principal

What made you decide to join IESL?
I got an opportunity to start a new school for the second time in my life when I was professionally and emotionally ready for a new challenge and couldn’t pass.

What did you do before you started at IESL?
I was the principal of Carl Adolph Agardggymnasiet witch i started in 1998 as a part of Folkuniversitetet in Lund

What are your challenges at IESL?
What is not my challenges? The overall challenge is to make IESL the best school in a town where everybody is interested, concerned and fairly well informed about schools and education. And the key to that is to pick the best staff.

Do you have any clear visions you would like to achieve?
That everybody at IES will internalise the idea of constant improvement and that we have mastered the noble art of communication. Then of course I look forward to see my four beacons in action. The annual anglo sport tournament, the science fair, the stage performance and the rhetoric competition.

Where are you in three years time?
Hopefully still at the helm of IES Lund

Give three good advices to your students
Always speak the truth, stay curious and make your own bed.

What do you prefer to eat?
I am a foodie so it is at tough call but I love a good smörgåsbord. But otherwise almost everything as long as it is cooked with love

Who is the most famous person you have met?
I have meet a lot of famous persons. I have shared some really fun moments with Hasse Alfredsson at the outings with Nasala Utskottet and I have had lunch with the former secretary general of the UN Perez de Cuellar and a magical dinner with the Swedish-Greek author Theodor Kallifatides to mention some….

What sport would you never practice?

What TV show(s) are you a bit embarrassed to tell that you are watching?
I am not embarrassed of TV-shows. But something that come as a surprise for many is that I am a ESC aficionado

What social media are you using?
Facebook, Linked In and I sometimes check out Twitter

Where do you go for your dream holiday?
Depends on. Either some place with tranquillity and beautiful nature, preferably by the sea (or lake) or some vibrant city with a rich history like London, Berlin, Krakow or Prag

Mr. Per Ola Olsson

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