Lisbet Palme

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Lisbet Palme
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Sweden
In office
14 October 1969 – 8 October 1976
Prime Minister Olof Palme
Preceded by Aina Erlander
Succeeded by Solveig Fälldin
In office
8 October 1982 – 28 February 1986
Prime Minister Olof Palme
Preceded by Solveig Fälldin
Succeeded by Ingrid Carlsson
Personal details
Born Anna Lisbeth Christina Beck-Friis
(1931-03-14) 14 March 1931 (age 83)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political party Social Democrats
Spouse(s) Olof Palme
(1956-1986; his assassination)
Children Joakim Palme
Mårten Palme
Mattias Palme

Anna Lisbet Christina Palme, née Beck-Friis (born March 14, 1931) is a former chairman of UNICEF, educated as a child psychologist. She is the widow of late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. They married on June 9, 1956.


She has been chairwoman of the Swedish UNICEF Committee since November 1986,[1] in which role she has campaigned against the sexual exploitation of children[2] and was a member of the Organisation of African Unity committee of investigation into the Rwandan genocide which reported its findings in 2000.[3] She was worldwide chairwoman of UNICEF in 1990–91.[4]

Assassination of Olof Palme[edit]

Olof Palme was shot and killed in central Stockholm on February 28, 1986, while walking home with his wife after a late night movie - without bodyguards. Lisbet Palme was also injured in the shooting by a shot in her arm/shoulder.

Two years after the event, Christer Pettersson, a small-time criminal and drug addict, was arrested, identified by Mrs Palme. He was tried and convicted for Palme's murder. Pettersson's conviction was later overturned on appeal. As a result, the crime remains unsolved and a number of alternative theories as to who carried out the murder have since been proposed.


  1. ^ Pace, Eric (1987-04-27). "LISBET PALME, IN U.S., TALKS OF AN UNDIMMED VISION". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  2. ^ "SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IS UP, EXPERTS SAY". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 1996-06-08. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  3. ^ Brittain, Victoria (2000-07-07). "Africans say UN must pay for genocide". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Officers of the Executive Board, 1946-2006". UNICEF. Retrieved 2008-06-12.