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Marit Paulsen

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Marit Paulsen
Paulsen in 2014
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 1999 – 19 July 2004
Member of the European Parliament
In office
14 July 2009 – 29 September 2015
Personal details
Born(1939-11-24)24 November 1939
Oslo, Norway
Died25 July 2022(2022-07-25) (aged 82)
Political party
OccupationJournalist, author, politician

Marit Eli Paulsen (née Bjørnerud; 24 November 1939 – 25 July 2022)[1][2] was a Norwegian-born Swedish journalist, author and politician for the Liberals. She was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1999 to 2004 and from 2009 to 2015. She was 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.

She grew up in Oslo, which was occupied by Germany during much of her earliest childhood. Two of her elder siblings were active in the youth wing of Nasjonal Samling.[3]

She moved to Sweden in the 1960s, and worked at the steel mill in Smedjebacken for seven years.[4] She went through a two-year Folk high school education in 1970–72.[5]

In 1998 she joined the Liberal People's 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 list. She gained more personal votes than any other Swedish candidate.[6]

Paulsen has written more than 20 books, including novels and non-fiction about environmental protection and other societal issues. Her debut novel, Du människa? (published in 1972), describes the life of a female shift worker. Her book Liten Ida (1979) is a semi-autobiographical novel set in Norway during the German occupation; it was made into a movie in 1980.[5][3]

Personal life[edit]

Paulsen was married to her second husband, Sture Andersson, since 1973, and has 10 children, including biological children, step children and adopted children.[4] She lived at a small farm in Yttermalung, Dalarna.[7]

Paulsen died on 25 July 2022 at the age of 82.[2]


  1. ^ Ebba Kulneff, Amanda Dahl (26 July 2022). "Tidigare L-politikern Marit Paulsen död" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b Elle Kari Karlsson, Jesper Karlsson (26 July 2022). "Marit Paulsen har avlidit". SVT Nyheter. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Om Marit Paulsen". Sommar i Sveriges Radio. Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b Fahlander, Ragna. "De vill tacka livet". Dalarnas Tidningar. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Marit Paulsen". Nationalencyklopedin.
  6. ^ "Val till Europaparlamentet – Personröster" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. 11 June 2009.
  7. ^ "Veckans lantis: Marit Paulsen". Dagens Nyheter. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2021.

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