Karin Kock-Lindberg

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Karin Kock-Lindberg
Karin Kock-Lindberg at a UN meeting in Geneva, ca 1947.
Minister of Supply
In office
Preceded byGunnar Sträng
Succeeded byJohn Ericsson
Personal details
Born(1891-07-02)2 July 1891
Stockholm, Sweden
Died28 July 1976(1976-07-28) (aged 85)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political partySocial Democrats

Karin Kock-Lindberg (

née Kock; 2 July 1891 – 28 July 1976) was a Swedish politician (Social Democrats) and professor of economics. In 1947 she became the first woman to hold a ministerial position in Sweden.[1][2] She was also the first female professor of economics in Sweden.[1]
Karin Kock was known as Karin Kock-Lindberg after her marriage to lawyer Hugo Lindberg in 1936.


Karin Kock was born in Stockholm, and studied at the London School of Economics and Stockholm University.[1] She was a lecturer at Stockholm University in 1933–1938, and was appointed professor of economics in 1945, after already having functioned as such for several years.[1]

She published several works in economics, her speciality being credit and trade cycle problems.[3] Her English language works include her doctoral thesis A Study of Interest Rates (1929) and International Trade and the GATT (1969), as well as The National Income of Sweden 1861-1930 (1937) written in collaboration with two other economists.[3]

Karin Kock was given several official assignments, such as economic adviser at the Women's Workers Association in 1936 and government delegate at the International Workers' Conference in Paris in 1945.[1] She was a member of the The Committee for Increased Women's Representation, founded in 1937 to increase women's political representation.[4] She served as minister without portfolio of questions regarding the economy in 1947–1948 and as minister of supply in 1948–1949.[1]

Following the dissolving of the Ministry of Supply in 1950, Karin Kock became director of Statistics Sweden.[1] She was head of the agency from 1950 to 1957.[3] During 1953 and 1954 she was chairman of the Swedish Statistical Society.[3] She became a fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1956[5] and a member of the International Statistical Institute in 1958.[3]

As head of Sweden's delegation to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, she acted for some years as chairman of its plenary session in Geneva.[3]

Karin Kock was also chairperson of Akademiskt bildade kvinnors förening (The Association of Female Academicians) from 1926 to 1933 and vice president of

International Federation of University Women.[1]

See also


  • Focus uppslagsbok Stockholm
  • Media Familjelexikon 7 Kat-Lat Bonniers, Verona (1981)
  1. ^
    Gothenburg University
    . Retrieved 21 November 2011.
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  4. ^ Rönnbäck, Josefin, '"Utan kvinnor inget folkstyre": en historisk exposé över kampen för ökad kvinnorepresentation i Sverige', Tidskrift för genusvetenskap., 2010:3, s. 61-89, 2010
  5. ^ List of ASA Fellows, retrieved 2016-07-16.

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