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Rickard "Rick" Falkvinge (pronounced fal-k-ving-e), born on January 21, 1972 in Gothenburg, is a Swedish IT entrepreneur, known as the leader and founder of the Swedish Pirate Party.

Falkvinge graduated from Göteborgs Högre Samskola, where he studied natural science, in 1991. During his studies he was active in the Moderate Youth League (Template:Lang-sv), the youth wing of the Swedish Moderate Party.

He started his first company in 1988, at the age of 16.

In 1993 he started studies to become an engineer at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. He dropped out from the university in 1995 to work as an entrepreneur.

Falkvinge has previously worked as a project leader at Microsoft. He was manager of development at a smaller software company but resigned to work with the Pirate Party on a full time basis. The Danish documentary Good Copy Bad Copy includes segments of an interview with Falkving explaining the emergence of the Pirate Party in response to the May 2006 police on The Pirate Bay.

He currently resides in Sollentuna north of Stockholm.

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