Karin Söder

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Karin Söder
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
8 October 1976 – 18 October 1978
Prime MinisterThorbjörn Fälldin
Preceded bySven Andersson
Succeeded byHans Blix
Minister for Health and Social Affairs
In office
12 October 1979 – 8 October 1982
Prime MinisterThorbjörn Fälldin
Preceded byGabriel Romanus
Succeeded bySten Andersson
Personal details
Karin Ann-Marie Söder

(1928-11-30)30 November 1928
Kil, Sweden
Died19 December 2015(2015-12-19) (aged 87)
Täby, Sweden
Political partyCentre Party

Karin Ann-Marie Söder (née Bergenfur; 30 November 1928 – 19 December 2015) was a Swedish

foreign ministers
in the world.


Söder was born in

Stockholm County Council from 1969 to 1973. She died in Täby in 2015.[2]

Political career


In 1971, Söder was elected a Member of the Swedish

liberal Hans Blix. In 1979 the Centre Party rejoined the coalition, and Söder returned to the Cabinet as Minister of Health and Social Affairs in 1979. The same year she was promoted to the post as the party's first vice leader. She held her ministerial post until the centre-right coalition lost the 1982 elections to the Social Democrats

Leader of the Centre Party

In 1985, when Thorbjörn Fälldin stepped down after an unsuccessful election, she finally reached the highest position in her party, making the Centre Party the first major Swedish party to be headed by a woman. Her time at the top would however be short. Due to health reasons, she left the party leadership in 1987, succeeded by Olof Johansson.

Other positions

Karin Söder, 2012

During her years in politics, she also held posts as chairperson of

, opposing the official party line.

Despite her varied accomplishments, the political legacy Söder is most known for among Swedes may be the 1980 reform that shut the stores of Systembolaget, the national alcoholic beverage retailing monopoly, on Saturdays. The policy remained in place for many years, but was abolished in 2001.


Söder was awarded the Illis quorum by the government of Sweden in 1991.[3]


  1. ^ "Karin Söder". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Tidigare C-ledaren Karin Söder död". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 27 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Regeringens belöningsmedaljer och regeringens utmärkelse: Professors namn". Regeringskansliet (in Swedish). January 2006. Archived from the original on 2 November 2021. Retrieved 18 May 2022.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Chairman of the Centre Party of Sweden
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Health and Social Affairs
Succeeded by