Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth

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Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth
Swedish Riksdag
for Stockholm Municipality
In office
30 September 2002 (2002-09-30) – 29 September 2014 (2014-09-29)
Personal details
Born (1955-11-24) 24 November 1955 (age 68)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political partyModerate Party
SpouseUlf Adelsohn

Lena Elisabeth Adelsohn Liljeroth (born 24 November 1955) is a

Swedish Riksdag
from 2002 to 2014.

Personal life

Liljeroth was born in

since birth.

Charity work

She appeared as Miss July in a 2005 calendar raising money for gender studies.[2]

Political life

Liljeroth is an ardent opponent of graffiti vandalism and advocates zero tolerance on the matter.[3]

Cutting a cake at Moderna Museet

At a party for 2012 World Art Day, Liljeroth was photographed cutting a cake in the likeness of a stereotypical naked African tribal woman in the nude and with a creamy blood-red sponge filling.[4] The cake, part of the project Afromantics started in 2004 by performance artist Makode Linde, was made to bring attention to racism[5] and female genital mutilation.[6]

The photographs were posted on Facebook and raised criticism and outrage, in Sweden and abroad.[7] Dan Jonsson, a critic with Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, suggested Adelsohn Liljeroth had been trapped in a situation that whatever she had chosen to do, it would have been wrong. Despite this support, others urged her to resign.[8]


  1. ^ Reinfeldt announces two new ministers Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine, The Local, 24 October 2006 (in English).
  2. ^ Här viker nya ministern ut sig - Nyheter - Senaste nytt | Expressen - Nyheter Sport Ekonomi Nöje
  3. ^ Kulturminister vill ha hårda tag mot graffiti, Sydsvenskan, 24 October 2006 (in Swedish). Archived 26 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Swedish minister in 'racist cake' controversy". 17 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  5. ^ Stina Loman. "Konstnären: Jag ville förmänskliga tårtan", Svenska Dagbladet, 17 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  6. ^ Minata Dao Hagberg and Sten Hagberg. "En osmaklig och rasistisk nidbild", Svenska Dagbladet, 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth Cake Controversy: Swedish Minister Of Culture Slammed For 'Racist' Cake". Huffington post. 17 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Swedish culture minister in 'racist cake' row". 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.

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Government offices
Preceded by Minister for Culture and Sports
Succeeded by