Birgit Friggebo

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Birgit Irma Gunborg Friggebo (born 25 December 1941) is a Swedish politician and member of the Liberal People's Party. Born in Falköping, she married economics professor Bo Södersten in 1997.

Friggebo was Minister for Planning in the Ministry of Housing between 1976 and 1978 and Minister for Housing between 1978 and 1982. Between 1991 and 1994 she was Minister for Culture (including immigration issues). She was a member of the Swedish Parliament between 1979 and 1982 and yet again between 1985 and 1997. 1998-2004, she was the governor for the County of Jönköping.

Achievements[edit]

  • As Minister for Housing, she removed the need for a planning approval to build small sheds under 15 square meters of area. Such sheds are now popularly known as "friggebod", a pun on her surname, bod meaning shed.
  • As Minister for Culture and Immigration, she appeared in a televised debate held in Rinkeby on the serial sniper John Ausonius's reign of terror. During the debate she stood up and tried to get the crowd consisting mostly of non-white immigrants to sing "We Shall Overcome". The incident was widely regarded as an embarrassment and a public relations debacle and showed the alienation felt by many immigrants vis-à-vis the centre-right coalition government.[1]

References[edit]

Political offices
New ministerial post Swedish Minister for Planning
1976 – 1978
Ministerial post discontinued
Preceded by
Elvy Olsson
Swedish Minister for Housing
1978 – 1982
Succeeded by
Hans Gustafsson
Preceded by
Ulf Lönnqvist
Swedish Minister for Housing
1991
Ministry dissolved
Preceded by
Bengt Göransson
Swedish Minister for Culture
1991 – 1994
Succeeded by
Margot Wallström
Preceded by
Maj-Lis Lööw
Swedish Minister for Immigration
1991 – 1994
Succeeded by
Leif Blomberg
Preceded by
Maj-Lis Lööw
Swedish Minister for Gender Equality
1991 – 1993
Succeeded by
Bengt Westerberg
Government offices
Preceded by
Gösta Gunnarsson
Governor of Jönköping County
1998 – 2003
Succeeded by
Lars Engqvist