Birgitta Ohlsson

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Birgitta Ohlsson
Ohlsson in 2011
Minister for European Union Affairs
In office
2 February 2010 – 3 October 2014
Prime MinisterFredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded byCecilia Malmström
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Leader of the Liberal Youth of Sweden
In office
Preceded byErik Ullenhag
Succeeded byFredrik Malm
Personal details
Born (1975-07-20) 20 July 1975 (age 48)
Linköping, Sweden
Political partyLiberals
SpouseMark Klamberg
Alma materStockholm University

Eva Birgitta Ohlsson Klamberg (born 20 July 1975) is a Swedish politician who was Minister for European Union Affairs in the Swedish government from 2010 to 2014. She is a member of the Liberals, formerly the Liberal People's Party. Birgitta Ohlsson serves as the National Democratic Institute’s director of political parties.[1]

In June 2017, Ohlsson challenged incumbent party leader Jan Björklund to become the next leader at the congress in November 2017.[2] On 15 September 2017, following results from the 'test election' in Stockholm County, Ohlsson announced she was to relinquish her leadership bid and to leave the political arena by the next general election in 2018.[3]

Early life and education

Birgitta Ohlsson was born on 20 July 1975 in Linköping, Östergötland County, Sweden.[4] She received her upper secondary (gymnasium) education at Katedralskolan in Linköping between 1991 and 1994.[4] Between 1994 and 1997 she studied political science, international relations and United Nations studies at Stockholm University.[4]


Between 1997 and 1999 Ohlsson worked as an

Liberal People's Party.[4]

In the

Committee on Foreign Affairs (2002–2004), and as a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (2006–2010).[5] In the parliament she was also her party's spokesperson on foreign affairs.[4]

She has also held various voluntary assignments, such as chair of the Association of Liberal Students in Stockholm (1996–1998), deputy chair of Young European Federalists in Sweden (1998), member of the board of the Swedish International Liberal Centre (since 2001), chair of the Swedish Republican Association (2002–2005), deputy chair of the Sweden–Israel Friendship Association in Stockholm (2003–2005), member of the national board of the Liberal People's Party (since 2007) and chair of the Federation of Liberal Women (2007–2010).[4] She is also part of the Elie Wiesel Network of Parliamentarians for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities and against Genocide Denial.[6]

On 2 February 2010 Ohlsson was appointed as new Minister for European Union Affairs in the Swedish government, succeeding Cecilia Malmström.[7]

From 2018 until 2019, Ohlsson served on an Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change at Oxfam, co-chaired by Zainab Bangura and Katherine Sierra.[8]

Personal life

Birgitta Ohlsson is married to Mark Klamberg, a Ph.D. and professor of international law at Stockholm University.[9]


  1. ^ NDI, Birgitta Ohlsson, Director political parties 15 October 2022
  2. ^ Ohlsson challenges Björklund about party leadership (in Swedish) 1 June 2017
  3. ^ Birgitta Ohlsson to leave the political arena 15 September 2017
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Birgitta Ohlsson – CV". Government of Sweden. 2 February 2010. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  5. Parliament of Sweden
    . Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  6. ^ Members of the Elie Wiesel Network Archived 21 May 2019 at the Wayback Machine European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM).
  7. ^ "Birgitta Ohlsson appointed new Minister for EU Affairs" (Press release). Government of Sweden. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  8. ^ Oxfam announces Zainab Bangura and Katherine Sierra to co-lead Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct Archived 26 March 2019 at the Wayback Machine Oxfam, press release of 16 March 2018.
  9. ^ Stockholm University 24 June 2019

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Party political offices
Preceded by Chairperson of the Liberal Youth of Sweden
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for European Union Affairs
Title next held by
Ann Linde
Preceded by Minister for Democracy
Succeeded by
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Succeeded by