Inside Greta Thunberg’s family – including Eurovision mum

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg is an inspiration to many.

She came to prominence when she began protesting outside the Swedish Parliament instead of attending school, causing many students to join her.

At just 16, she gave an angry speech to world leaders at the United Nations in New York in 2019 and famously said "how dare you" to the audience.

"This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying," she said.

More recently, she has attended the a protest in Glasgow where COP26 is taking place, but said politicians are merely "pretending to take our future seriously."

But less is known about the Swede's parents, who themselves have courted moments in the spotlight. Here, the Daily Star takes a closer look at the family behind the world's most famous climate activist.

Who is Greta Thunberg's mum?

The best known member of the family, aside from Greta herself, is her mother Malena Ernman.

She was born in 1970 and is a Swedish opera singer known for her appearance as the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest representative for Sweden, but is also well regarded on the opera scene having studied at the country's Royal College of Music and also featuring in a number of critically acclaimed operas.

She came 21st with a points total of 33 in the year the UK's Jade Ewen came fifth.

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Ernman suffered with her career from 2014, when daughter Greta stopped speaking due to depression. They were initially unsure why this was the case before she was eventually diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

It took a toll on Ernman, who was in the midst of a demanding opera schedule, but she later decided to speak about her experiences in order to try and help people in similar situations.

"I fainted behind the scenes when I was about to enter. The king and queen were there. Just as I was about to start singing, I choked. I woke up with my head in the conductor's lap," she told Hälsoliv.

"The audience had to wait a quarter of an hour, then I woke up and went in and did a damn good show! No one noticed anything."

Who is Greta Thunberg's dad?

Ernman married actor and producer, who had a role in the Swedish TV series Skärgårdsdoktorn in the late 1990s.

When Greta's bout of depression occurred, Svante but the best part of his career aside in order to help support the family and his wife's acting career. He began referring to himself as the 'housewife'.

His father was the actor Olof Thunberg, who appeared in a range of Swedish TV programmes and films. He was also the Swedish voice for Shere Khan in The Jungle Book.

Does Greta Thunberg have any other siblings?

The couple's two children are Greta, born 2003 and 200. Beata has launched her own singing career.

Both daughters have struggled with their mental health and the family released a biographical book called 'Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis'.

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