Born on 30 May, 1937 in Helsinki, Claes Andersson currently lives in Espoo. Andersson is a Finland-Swedish writer and translator, doctor, specialized in psychiatry, politician and jazz pianist. His writing career began in 1962 with the poetry collection “Ventil”. Altogether, his work consists of more than twenty poetry collections, radio and screen plays. His social criticism also shows in his political career, from 1987 to 1999 and 2007 to 2008 he sat in the Finnish parliament, first for the Democratic Union of Finnish people and then for the Left Alliance, whose spokesman he was from 1990 to 1998. From 1995 to 1999, he has been Minister of Culture of Finland.