Karin Olofsdotter (diplomat)

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Karin Olofsdotter
Swedish Ambassador to the United States
Assumed office
Preceded byBjörn Lyrvall
Swedish Ambassador to Hungary
In office
Preceded byCecilia Björner
Succeeded byNiclas Trouvé
Personal details
Born (1966-06-16) June 16, 1966 (age 53)
ParentsOlle and Eivor Svensson
Alma materLund University (BA, 1994) University of California, Los Angeles

Karin Ulrika Olofsdotter is a Swedish diplomat and Swedish Ambassador to the United States.[2] She started her role as Ambassador of Sweden to the United States on September 1, 2017.


Karin Olofsdotter and Alf Karlsson, 2017

Karin Olofsdotter entered the Foreign Service in 1994, and served as Chief of Staff to several Swedish Foreign Ministers and as Director of the Ministers Office in Stockholm before joining the Embassy in Washington.[3][4]

Before her assignment to Washington, D.C., Olofsdotter served as Director-General for Trade at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sweden from September 1, 2016. Olofsdotter has also held the position of Deputy Director-General and Head of the Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR in Stockholm in the two years prior.[5]

From 2011 to August 2014, Olofsdotter was Swedish Ambassador to Hungary.[6] While in Hungary, on 9 September 2012, Olofsdotter attend the "dedication ceremony yesterday of the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, which was held in the courtyard of the Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest".[7] From 2008 and 2011, Olofsdotter was Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, D.C.[8]

She has also served at the Swedish EU Representation in Brussels, Belgium, working with European security policy and defense issues. She chaired the EU's Political-Military Group during the Swedish Presidency of the EU in 2001. Prior to this she worked at the Swedish delegation to NATO.[9] Her first posting was in Moscow, Russia, where she was mainly responsible for covering Belarus.

As a part of diplomatic outreach, Olofsdotter, with Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was part of a town hall style meeting in Peters Township, south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[10].

Ambassador Olofsdotter has a B.A. in psychology, economics and Russian. She studied at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and speaks Russian, French and English.


  1. ^ "Ambassador of Sweden to the United States: Who Is Karin Olofsdotter?". December 3, 2017. Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  2. ^ "The Male Dominance in Diplomacy Is Changing". University of Gothenburg. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Xpat Interview: Karin Olofsdotter, Swedish Ambassador To Hungary". Xpat. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Karin Olofsdotter älskar sitt uppdrag" (PDF). Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Ambassador of Sweden to the United States: Who Is Karin Olofsdotter?". AllGOV. 3 December 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Karin Olofsdotter". AIDEX 2017. 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  7. ^ "Budapest - Hungary Dedicates Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park". www.vosizneias.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Ambassador on the bright side of life". Diplomacy & Trade online. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  9. ^ Arenander, Inger (2017-06-25). "Uppgifter: Karin Olofsdotter ny ambassadör i Washington". Dagens Eko (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  10. ^ "The Swedish ambassador's search for answers in Trump country". The Washington Post. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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