Marit Eli Paulsen, née Björnerud, (born 24 November 1939 in Oslo) is a Norwegian-born Swedish politician, and a Member of the European Parliament for the Liberal Party of Sweden 1999-2004 and 2009–present. She is a well-known figure in the Swedish public debate on environmental and food quality issues, initially as a non-partisan, and was an avid proponent of Swedish membership in the European Union during the EU membership referendum campaign in 1994.
In 1998 she joined the Liberal Party, and served as 2nd Vice President of the party 1999-2007. In the 2009 European Parliament elections, she was elected to the European Parliament as top candidate of the Liberal Party list. She gained more personal votes than any other Swedish candidate.
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