Karin Kock-Lindberg

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Karin Kock-Lindberg
Tage Erlander & Karin Kock 1947.jpg
Karin Kock-Lindberg and Tage Erlander
Minister of Public Housekeeping
In office
Personal details
Born 2 July 1891
Died 28 July 1976 (aged 85)
Political party Social Democrat

Karin Kock-Lindberg, née Kock (2 July 1891 – 28 July 1976), Swedish politician (social democrat) and professor of economics. In 1947 she became the first woman to hold a Ministerial position in Sweden.[1] She was also the first female professor of national economy of her country.[1] Karin Kock was known as Karin Kock-Lindberg after her marriage to lawyer Hugo Lindberg in 1936.


Karin Kock was a student at London School of Economics and Stockholm university.[1] She was a lecturer at the Stockholm university in 1933-1938, and was appointed professor in national economy in 1945, after having already functioned as such for several years.[1]

She published several works in national economics, her speciality being credit and trade cycle problems.[2] Her English language works include her doctoral thesis A study of Interest Rates (1929) and International Trade and the Gatt (1969), as well as The National Income of Sweden 1861-1930 (1937) written in collaboration with two other economists.[2]

Karin Kock was given several official assignments, such as consultant of economy at the Women's workers association in 1936 and government delegate at the International workers conference in Paris in 1945.[1] She served as Minister without portfolio of Economy in 1947–1948 and as Minister of Public Housekeeping in 1948-1949.[1]

Following the dissolving of the ministry of Public Housekeeping in 1950, Karin Kock became Chief Director of Statistics Sweden.[1] She were head of the agency 1950–57.[2] During 1953–54 she was chairman of the Swedish Statistical Society.[2] She was a fellow of the American Statistical Association since 1956 and a member of the International Statistical Institute since 1958.[2]

As head of Sweden's delegation to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, she acted for some years as chairman of its plenary session in Geneva.[2]

Karin Kock was also chairperson of Akademiskt bildade kvinnors förening (The Association of Female Academics) in 1926–1933 and vice president of International Federation of University Women.[1]

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  • Focus uppslagsbok Stockholm
  • Media Familjelexikon 7 Kat-Lat Bonniers, Verona (1981)
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Karin Kock". Kvinnor i arbete (in Swedish). Gothenburg University. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ohlsson, Ingvar (1977). "Karin Kock, 1891-1976". International Statistical Review / Revue Internationale de Statistique 45 (1): 109. ISSN 0306-7734.