Birgit Friggebo

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Birgit Friggebo
Governor for the County of Jönköping
In office
Personal details
Born25 December 1941
Political party
Liberal People's Party
SpouseBo Södersten

Birgit Irma Gunborg Friggebo (born 25 December 1941) is a

Liberal People's Party. Born in Falköping, she married economics professor Bo Södersten
in 1997.

Friggebo was Minister for Planning in the Ministry of Housing between 1976 and 1978 and Minister for Housing between 1978 and 1982. Between 1991 and 1994 she was Minister for Culture (including immigration issues). She was a member of the Swedish

governor for the County of Jönköping


As Minister for Housing, she removed the need for a planning approval to build small sheds under 15 square meters of area. Such sheds are now popularly known as "friggebod", a pun on her surname, bod meaning shed.

As Minister for Culture and Immigration, she appeared in a televised debate held in Rinkeby on the serial sniper John Ausonius's reign of terror. During the debate she stood up and tried to get the crowd consisting mostly of non-white immigrants to sing "We Shall Overcome". The incident was widely regarded as an embarrassment and a public relations debacle and showed the alienation felt by many immigrants vis-à-vis the centre-right coalition government.[1]


  • "Birgit Friggebo (FP)". (in Swedish).
    Sveriges riksdag (The Swedish Parliament)
    . Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  • Kari Marklund; et al., eds. (1992). "Friggebo, Birgit". .
  • Arne Ekman; et al., eds. (2000). "Friggebo, Birgit". .
  • "Birgit Friggebo". (in Swedish). Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
Political offices
New ministerial post Swedish Minister for Planning
1976 – 1978
Ministerial post discontinued
Preceded by Swedish Minister for Housing
1978 – 1982
Succeeded by
Preceded by Swedish Minister for Housing
Ministry dissolved
Preceded by Swedish Minister for Culture
1991 – 1994
Succeeded by
Preceded by Swedish Minister for Immigration
1991 – 1994
Succeeded by
Preceded by Swedish Minister for Gender Equality
1991 – 1993
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by Governor of Jönköping County
1998 – 2004
Succeeded by