Birgitta Ohlsson

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Birgitta Ohlsson
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Minister for European Union Affairs
In office
2 February 2010 – 3 October 2014
Prime MinisterFredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded byCecilia Malmström
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Personal details
Born (1975-07-20) 20 July 1975 (age 43)
Linköping, Sweden
Political partyLiberal People's Party
Spouse(s)Mark Klamberg
Alma materStockholm University

Eva Birgitta Ohlsson Klamberg (born 20 July 1975) is a Swedish politician who was Minister for European Union Affairs in the Swedish government from 2010 to 2014. She is a member of the Liberals, formerly the Liberal People's Party.

In June 2017, Ohlsson challenged incumbent party leader Jan Björklund to become the next leader at the congress i November 2017.[1] On 15 september 2017, following results from the 'test election' in Stockholm County, Ohlsson announced she was to relinquish her leadership bid and to leave the political arena by the next general election in 2018.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Birgitta Ohlsson was born in Linköping, Östergötland County, Sweden.[3] She received her upper secondary (gymnasium) education at Katedralskolan in Linköping between 1991 and 1994.[3] Between 1994 and 1997 she studied political science, international relations and United Nations studies at Stockholm University.[3]


Between 1997 and 1999 Ohlsson worked as an editorial writer for several liberal newspapers in Sweden, such as Sundsvalls Tidning, Vestmanlands Läns Tidning, Västerbottens-Kuriren and Dagens Nyheter.[3] Between 1999 and 2002 she was chair of the Liberal Youth of Sweden, the youth wing of the Liberal People's Party.[3]

In the 2002 general election Ohlsson was elected a member of the Swedish parliament, representing the Stockholm Municipality constituency.[3] In the parliament she served as a substitute to the Committee on the Labour Market (2002–2006) and the Committee on Foreign Affairs (2002–2004), and as a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (2006–2010).[4] In the parliament she was also her party's spokesperson on foreign affairs.[3]

She has also held various voluntary assignments, such as chair of the Association of Liberal Students in Stockholm (1996–1998), deputy chair of Young European Federalists in Sweden (1998), member of the board of the Swedish International Liberal Centre (since 2001), chair of the Swedish Republican Association (2002–2005), deputy chair of the Sweden–Israel Friendship Association in Stockholm (2003–2005), member of the national board of the Liberal People's Party (since 2007) and chair of the Federation of Liberal Women (2007–2010).[3] She is also part of the Elie Wiesel Network of Parliamentarians for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities and against Genocide Denial.[5]

On 2 February 2010 Ohlsson was appointed as new Minister for European Union Affairs in the Swedish government, succeeding Cecilia Malmström.[6]

From 2018 until 2019, Ohlsson served on an Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change at Oxfam, co-chaired by Zainab Bangura and Katherine Sierra.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Birgitta Ohlsson is married to Mark Klamberg, a Ph.D. and lecturer of international law at Stockholm University.[3]


  1. ^ Ohlsson challenges Björklund about party leadership (in Swedish) 2017-06-01
  2. ^ Birgitta Ohlsson to leave the political arena 2017-09-15
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Birgitta Ohlsson - CV". Government of Sweden. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Birgitta Ohlsson (fp)". Parliament of Sweden. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  5. ^ Members of the Elie Wiesel Network European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM).
  6. ^ "Birgitta Ohlsson appointed new Minister for EU Affairs" (Press release). Government of Sweden. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  7. ^ Oxfam announces Zainab Bangura and Katherine Sierra to co-lead Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct Oxfam, press release of 16 March 2018.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Erik Ullenhag
Chairperson of the Liberal Youth of Sweden
Succeeded by
Fredrik Malm
Political offices
Preceded by
Cecilia Malmström
Minister for European Union Affairs
Title next held by
Ann Linde
Preceded by
Nyamko Sabuni
Minister for Democracy
Succeeded by
Alice Bah Kuhnke
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Succeeded by
Per Bolund