Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth

Lena Elisabeth Adelsohn Liljeroth (born 24 November 1955) is a Swedish politician who served as Minister for Culture and Sports from 2006 to 2014.[1] A member of the Moderate Party, she was an MP of the Swedish Riksdag from 2002 to 2014.

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth kulturminister Sverige
Minister for Culture and Sports
In office
24 October 2006 – 3 October 2014
Prime MinisterFredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded byCecilia Stegö Chilò
Succeeded byAlice Bah Kuhnke
Member of the Swedish Riksdag
for Stockholm Municipality
In office
30 September 2002 – 29 September 2014
Personal details
Born24 November 1955 (age 63)
Spånga, Sweden
Political partyModerate Party
Spouse(s)Ulf Adelsohn

Personal life

Liljeroth was born in Spånga. She is married to former Moderate Party leader Ulf Adelsohn. She is partially deaf 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 July 30, 2007, at WebCite
  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
Cecilia Stegö Chilò
Minister for Culture and Sports
Succeeded by
Alice Bah Kuhnke (as Minister for Culture)
Gabriel Wikström (as Minister for Sports)

Adelsohn is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth (born 1955), Swedish politician

Ulf Adelsohn (born 1941), Swedish politician

Alice Bah Kuhnke

Alice Bah Kuhnke (born Alice Bah; 21 December 1971) has been the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy since October 2014. Formerly, she was a television presenter. She also helped found the think tank Sektor3.

Anton Abele

Anton Amadé Abele (born January 10, 1992) is a Swedish activist, debater and politician who was Member of Parliament for Stockholm County, replacing former Minister for Culture and Sports Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, from the 2010 general election until the 2014 general election. At the age of 18, he is the youngest person ever to become a Member of Parliament in Sweden, as well as the youngest ever member of any national legislature in the world.

He entered the political scene as an anti-violence activist following the death of 16-year-old Riccardo Campogiani, who was beaten to death in October 2007.On July 25, 2013 Abele announced that he will finish his term in the Swedish Parliament, then end his political career and not run for re-election in the 2014 general election, citing disillusionment with the working climate in the Parliament.Abele was Head of Public Relations for the pensions company Allra until the Swedish Pensions Agency 2017 announced that the pension funds of Allra would be deregistered. This was after repeated complaints, and Allra was subsequently reported to the police by the Swedish Pensions Agency.

Dirty Diaries

Dirty Diaries is a 2009 collection of thirteen short films of feminist pornography made by Swedish activists and artists and produced by Mia Engberg. The individual films are highly diverse in content, although many of them feature humour and different forms of queer sex. The creative decisions were based on a manifesto with the aim to create pornography that is non-commercial and follows feminist ideals.

The film sparked controversy before and after its release because of sexually provocative content and the fact that it was mainly financed through public funds. Film critics were split in their reception; some found the film amusingly provocative while others thought it was dull.

Eva Swartz

Eva Birgitta Swartz Grimaldi, (born 15 April 1956) is a Swedish CEO within the field of culture and media. On 28 June 2007, she was appointed as chairman for investigation into the future of the Swedish culture politics by the Swedish culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. Swartz became the CEO of the book publishers Natur & Kultur on 15 April 2005. Before that she was programme director at TV4 and had a number of CEO roles within the television industry. She was amongst other things the CEO of the production company Meter Film & Television.Swartz is the vice CEO of the board of Svenska Filminstitutet (Swedish Film Institute), a position she held until 31 December 2010. She was also a member of the Nobelstiftelsens media company Nobel Media. She has been the responsible for the information for Italienska kulturinstituet for Italy and work as an interpreter and translator. Since 1 January 2013, she has been the chairman for Norstedt Förlagsgrupp. In 2014, she became the new chairman of the Stadsbrudskåren, a non profit organisation that was founded in 1965. She always pushes for culture and media within her work as CEO and chairman.She is married to the Italian industrialist Salvatore Grimaldi, and the couple live in Villa Geber.

Gabriel Wikström

Per Johan Gabriel Wikström (born 21 February 1985) is a Swedish politician of the Social Democrats. He served as Minister for Public Health, Healthcare and Sports in the Swedish Government from 2014 to 2017. On 5 May 2017, Wikström announced he will be on sick leave due symptoms related to burnout. Annika Strandhäll served acting Minister for Public Health, Healthcare and Sports during his sick leave, and on 27 July 2017 he resigned from his position.

Wikström started his career in the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League in Västmanland County in 2006. He was a member of the national executive board of the youth league from 2007 to 2011 and national chairman from 2011 until being appointed cabinet minister in 2014.

As national chairman, Wikström confronted the Social Democrats leadership by pushing a proposal of a 90-day warranty for young unemployed people through the Social Democrats Congress in 2013. The proposal was rejected by the party leadership, but gained hearing by the Congress delegates and is now one of the Löfven cabinet's key reforms since taking office in 2014, although it has not been implemented or announced yet (as of August 2016).

In March 2017, Wikström participated in the first ever gathering of the Party of European Socialists’ health ministers, chaired by Jevgeni Ossinovski.

Jan Gunnarsson

Jan Gunnarsson (born 30 May 1962) is a former tennis player from Sweden, who won one singles in Vienna in 1985 (beating Libor Pimek in the final) and nine doubles titles on the world tour during his professional career. In 1989 he reached the semi-finals of Australian Open where he lost in straight sets to Miloslav Mečíř.

Along with Michael Mortensen he won the longest tie-break in tennis history at Wimbledon in 1985. The Swedish/Danish duo defeated John Frawley and Víctor Pecci in the first round.

The right-hander reached his career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 25 in December 1985.

Lars Leijonborg

Lars Erik Ansgar Leijonborg (born 21 November 1949) is a Swedish politician, Minister for Higher Education and Research 2006-2009 and Head of the Ministry of Education and Research 2006-2007. During a ten-year period from 1997 to 2007, he served as chairman of the Liberal People's Party (Swedish: Folkpartiet liberalerna).

He announced on 11 June 2009 that he would be leaving the Cabinet of Fredrik Reinfeldt as soon as a successor was appointed. He was replaced by Tobias Krantz on 17 June 2009.

Lena (name)

Lena is a female given name. The name has evolved in different languages as a variation of several earlier names. In some derivations, Lena comes from the endings of Alina and Helena. Leana is seen in Persian, Hindi and Swedish, and Leena in Finnish.

In Arabic languages, it means "generous and kind".

In Latin, it mean "she that allures".

In Greek, it means "sunlight" and "moonlight".In Persian it means "light", "sunlight" or "pretty girl".

In Hebrew, it means a lady from the city of Magdala.

Lena was the most popular name for girls born in Poland in 2013.

Makode Linde

Makode Alexander Joel Linde (born 28 June 1981) is a Swedish artist, musician and DJ. He became internationally known for his controversial art piece Painful Cake, which he created in Stockholm in 2012.

Minister for Culture (Sweden)

The Minister for Culture (formally cabinet minister and head of the Ministry for Culture) is a member and minister of the Swedish Government and appointed by the Prime Minister. The minister heads the Ministry for Culture and is responsible for cultural issues and construction.

Before 1 December 1991, the cultural issues were handled by the Ministry of Education. Between 1991 and 2004, and from 2006 it's a separate ministry. In the years between 2004 and 2006, the issues were handled by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The current Minister for Culture is Alice Bah Kuhnke, who was appointed on 3 October 2014.

Minister for Sports (Sweden)

The Minister for Sports (Swedish: sportsminister) is the sports minister of Sweden and responsible for issues regarding sports.

The current Minister for Sports is Annika Strandhäll of the Social Democrats. She concurrently serves as the Minister for Social Affairs.

Nordischer Klang

Nordischer Klang (English: Nordic Sound) is the largest festival of Nordic culture in Germany. It is a major platform for artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden in Germany. The festival takes place in the town of Greifswald, which is situated about 200 km to the north of Germany's capital Berlin at the Baltic shore.

Nordischer Klang is organised by a non-profit society loosely associated with the Department of Nordic Studies at the University of Greifswald.

Nug (graffiti artist)

Nug (born 1972, real name Magnus Gustafsson) is a Swedish graffiti artist. He has been active in the Stockholm area and been called one of the worst graffiti vandals in Sweden but his works have also been shown at places like the art fair Market. Nug started painting graffiti illegally in the mid 1980s and popularised painting trains while they were still in service (rather than parked at the depot). He was part of the notorious crew "VIM" (Vandals In Motion).Nug studied art at the art college Konstfack where he earned a Master of Arts degree in 2008. His degree project, presented in 2008, was called Territorial Pissing, a film showing a masked man spraying a subway car and the Stockholm station entrance, where he broke in to make one of the scenes in "Territorial Pissing".

The project attracted attention in the media and was condemned by Sweden's former Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth when it was exhibited by an art gallery in February 2009, and led to widespread criticism of Konstfack. The criminal investigation against Nug was dropped in April 2009 because it was not clear if he is the masked man in the film.Konstfack has stated that regardless of the criminal nature of the project, basic administrative law regulations do not permit his degree to be revoked but the school is investigating if they made any errors when they let him use this work for graduation.


Spreadthesign is an international online dictionary for several of the world's different sign languages.

By searching for words and sentences you can see the corresponding signs. The founder of the project Thomas Lydell was born in Denmark but raised in Sweden with his deaf sister. He came up with the idea for the dictionary in 2004, and in 2006 the work began. In the beginning there where only six sign languages represented. Spreadthesign is managed by the Non-governmental organization European Sign Language Centre in Örebro, Sweden. The organization is financed by funds through different projects and a lot of the work is supported by volunteers. Today there are more than 380,000 videos in the database of Spreadthesign and the work to expand the amount of videos and sign languages is an ongoing process.The sign languages represented in Spreadthesign are American Sign Language (ASL), Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS), Belarusian Sign Language, Brazilian Sign Language (LIBRAS), British Sign Language (BSL), Chilean Sign Language (LSCH), Cuban Sign Language, Cypriot Sign Language, Bulgarian Sign Language, Chinese Sign Language (CSL), Croatian Sign Language, (HZJ) Czech Sign Language, Estonian Sign Language (ESL), Finnish Sign Language, French Sign Language (LSF), German Sign Language (DGS), Greek Sign Language, Icelandic Sign Language, Indian Sign Language, Italian Sign Language (LIS), Japanese Sign Language (JSL), Latvian Sign Language, Lithuanian Sign Language (LGK), Mexican Sign Language (LSM), Polish Sign Language (PJM), Portuguese Sign Language, Romanian Sign Language, Russian Sign Language, Spanish Sign Language (LSE), Swedish Sign Language (SSL), Turkish Sign Language (TİD), Ukrainian Sign Language (USL) and Pakistan Sign Language (PSL)

The written languages represented in Spreadthesign are American English, Belarusian, British English, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, English (India), Estonian, Finnish, French, German (Austria), German (Germany), Greek (Cyprus), Greek (Greece), Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian (Belarus), Russian (Russia), Spanish (Chile), Spanish (Cuba), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu (Pakistan).

At the inauguration at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Sweden) on March 31, 2009 several Swedish dignitaries were present. Among them were Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Minister of Education Jan Björklund and the minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.During the period 2016-2018, extensive work has been done to heighten the quality of the dictionary. This under the supervision of production manager Vega Ranstam.

Vega Ranstam chose to leave Spreadthesign in the autumn of 2018Spreadthesign is available as a free learning tool both as a website and an app.

Stockholm bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics

Stockholm 2022 was a bid by Stockholm with Åre and the Swedish Olympic Committee for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The bid was announced at November 11, 2013. The IOC will select the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 31, 2015. Stockholm previously hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics and hosted equestrian events at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.

On 17 January 2014, the Moderate Party in Stockholm decided not to support the bid, and after that there is a clear majority in the city council against organising the games.On 17 January 2014, Stockholm dropped a bid for 2022 Winter Olympics.

The Gender War

The Gender War (Swedish: Könskriget) is a documentary in two parts by journalist Evin Rubar on radical feminism in Sweden and its influence on Swedish politics. It was produced by Nordisk Film and broadcast by Sveriges Television in the series Dokument inifrån on 15 and 22 May 2005. The Gender War was also part of Evin Rubar being awarded the TV award Kristallen and Sveriges Television's equality award the same year.

The documentary focuses on the national organisation for women’s and young women's shelters in Sweden, ROKS, an organisation helping young female victims of sexual abuse called Friends of Bella, former Minister of Gender Equality Margareta Winberg and Professor Eva Lundgren.

Ulf Adelsohn

Ulf Adelsohn (born 4 October 1941) is a Swedish politician, leader of the Moderate Party from 1981 to 1986 and Governor of Stockholm County from 1992 to 2001. He was a member of the Riksdag from 1982 to 1988 and served as Chairman of the Board of SJ AB 2001–2011, from where he resigned due to quarrels with the Reinfeldt cabinet on its railway deregulation policies.

World Art Day

World Art Day (Rittik Day) is an international celebration of the fine arts which was declared by the International Association of Art (IAA) in order to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide.

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