Kaj Björk

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Kaj Åke Björk (born December 25, 1918, Gothenburg, died 30 September 2014) was a Swedish social democratic politician. Björk obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941. He was employed in the military between 1942 and 1946. He served as the international secretary of the Swedish Social Democratic Party between 1947 and 1955, and went to serve as the secretary of the parliamentary faction of the party 1955 to 1956. From 1948 he represented the Swedish Social Democratic Party in the general council of the Socialist International. Björk was the editor of Tiden between 1951 and 1956 and became editor-in-chief to the newspaper Ny Tid in Göteborg 1956-1963. He was member of the Swedish Parliament 1965-1973. Member of the Swedish Foreign Service (UD) in 1964, he became ambassador to China 1975-1980 and to Canada 1980-December 1984.[1]

In 1976 Björk, then the Swedish ambassador to the People's Republic of China, took part in a delegation visit to Kampuchea. He was one of few Western diplomats to visit Kampuchea during the Khmer Rouge rule.[2]

Björk married three times, with Marja Friberg in 1940, with Suzanne Székely in 1952 and with Claude Duvivier in 1963.[1]


  • Obituary - published in Dagens Nyheter, November 2, 2014 (Not online)