Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth

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Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth kulturminister Sverige.jpg
Minister for Culture and Sports
In office
24 October 2006 – 3 October 2014
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by Cecilia Stegö Chilò
Succeeded by Alice Bah Kuhnke
Member of the Swedish Riksdag
for Stockholm Municipality
In office
30 September 2002 – 29 September 2014
Personal details
Born (1955-11-24) 24 November 1955 (age 60)
Spånga, Sweden
Political party Moderate Party
Spouse(s) Ulf Adelsohn

Lena Elisabeth Adelsohn Liljeroth (born 24 November 1955) is a Swedish politician who served as Minister for Culture and Sports from 2006 to 2014.[1] A member of the Moderate Party, she was an MP of the Swedish Riksdag from 2002 to 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Liljeroth was born in Spånga. She is married to former Moderate Party leader Ulf Adelsohn. She is partially deaf since birth.

Charity work[edit]

She appeared as Miss July in a 2005 calendar raising money for gender studies.[2]

Political life[edit]

Liljeroth is an ardent opponent of graffiti vandalism and advocates zero tolerance on the matter.[3]

Cutting a cake at Moderna Museet[edit]

At a party for 2012 World Art Day, Liljeroth was photographed cutting a cake in the likeness of a stereotypical naked African tribal woman in the nude and with a creamy blood-red sponge filling.[4] The cake, part of the project Afromantics started in 2004 by performance artist Makode Linde, was made to bring attention to racism[5] and female genital mutilation.[6]

The photographs were posted on Facebook and raised criticism and outrage, in Sweden and abroad.[7] Dan Jonsson, a critic with Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, suggested Adelsohn Liljeroth had been trapped in a situation that whatever she had chosen to do, it would have been wrong. Despite this support, others urged her to resign.[8]


  1. ^ Reinfeldt announces two new ministers, The Local, 24 October 2006 (English).
  2. ^ Här viker nya ministern ut sig - Nyheter - Senaste nytt | Expressen - Nyheter Sport Ekonomi Nöje
  3. ^ Kulturminister vill ha hårda tag mot graffiti, Sydsvenskan, 24 October 2006 (Swedish). Archived 30 July 2007 at WebCite
  4. ^ "Swedish minister in 'racist cake' controversy". 17 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Stina Loman. "Konstnären: Jag ville förmänskliga tårtan", Svenska Dagbladet, 17 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  6. ^ Minata Dao Hagberg and Sten Hagberg. "En osmaklig och rasistisk nidbild", Svenska Dagbladet, 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake". Huffington post. 17 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Swedish culture minister in 'racist cake' row". 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Cecilia Stegö Chilò
Minister for Culture and Sports
Succeeded by
Alice Bah Kuhnke