Anna Lindh in October 2002
|Minister for Foreign Affairs|
7 October 1998 – 11 September 2003
|Preceded by||Lena Hjelm-Wallén|
|Succeeded by||Jan O. Karlsson (acting)|
Ylva Anna Maria Lindh
19 June 1957
|Died||11 September 2003 (aged 46)|
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Bo Holmberg (married 1991–2003)|
Ylva Anna Maria Lindh (19 June 1957 – 11 September 2003) was a Swedish Social Democratic politician, chairman of the Social Democratic Youth League from 1984 to 1990 and a member of parliament from 1982 to 1985 and 1998 to 2003.
Career[change | change source]
Joining the government as minister of environment in 1994, she was elevated to minister for foreign affairs by prime minister Göran Persson in 1998 and considered his successor as party chairman and prime minister (neither of which posts had ever been held by a woman) before her assassination in September 2003.
Death[change | change source]
Lindh died in the early morning of 11 September 2003 after a knife attack in Stockholm on the afternoon of 10 September. Just after 16:00, she was attacked while shopping in the ladies' section of the Nordiska Kompaniet department store in central Stockholm. She was stabbed in the chest, abdomen and arms. At the time of the attack, Lindh was not protected by bodyguards from the Swedish Security Service.