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Rydbeck finished a bachelor's degree in 1934 and a master's degree in 1936 at Uppsala University
Career and later life
Rydbeck served in Sweden's first mission to the UN, led by Östen Undén. In 1952, he was appointed to the Foreign Ministry's press officer. In 1955, Rydbeck left the diplomatic service and became Director-General of the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, a position which he held for fifteen years. In 1970 Rydbeck returned to the diplomatic service and represented Sweden at the UN in New York from 1970 to 1976. During this time he was appointed by the Secretary General to negotiate Western Sahara's future. From 1976 to 1979, he was ambassador to the U.K. Rydbeck served as UNRWA Commissioner-General from 1979 to 1985.
In 1990, Olof Rydbeck published his memoirs, I maktens närhet. Diplomat, radiochef, FN-ämbetsman (In the vicinity of power. Diplomat, radio chief, UN officer).
Rydbeck died on December 23, 1995 in Stocksund, Sweden.
- List of Directors and Commissioners-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
- Olof Rydbeck, I maktens närhet. Diplomat, radiochef, FN-ämbetsman, Bonnier 1990.
- Benjamin N. Schiff, Refugees Unto the Third Generation: UN Aid to Palestinians, (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995), p. 293.
|Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations
|Ambassador of Sweden to the United Kingdom
Thomas McElhiney (U.S.)
|Commissioner-General for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
June 1979–October 1985
Giorgio Giacomelli (Italy)