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Ewa Björling

Ewa Björling
Minister for Trade
Incumbent
Assumed office
12 September 2007
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by Sten Tolgfors
Minister for Nordic Cooperation
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 October 2010
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by Cristina Husmark Pehrsson
Member of the Swedish Riksdag
for Stockholm County
Incumbent
Assumed office
30 September 2002
Personal details
Born (1961-05-03) 3 May 1961 (age 53)
Political party Moderate Party
Alma mater Karolinska Institute
Profession Physician/Dentist

Ewa Helena Björling (born 3 May 1961) is a Swedish politician, a member of the Moderate Party, who has been Minister for Trade since 2007 and Minister for Nordic Cooperation since 2010 in the Swedish Government. She has been a member of the Swedish Riksdag for Stockholm County since 2002.

Prior career

Ewa Björling is a dentist, Doctor of Medicine and a docent in virology. Prior to her election to the Swedish parliament in 2002, she worked as a lecturer at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. She was also a member of the municipal council in Ekerö Municipality from 1999 to 2006, and served as its chairman from 2005 to 2006. She was elected a Member of Parliament in 2002 and served in the parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs. She was also a substitute in the Committee on the Constitution, the Committee on Education and the Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs.

She was a member of the board of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency from 2003 to 2007. She was also chairman of the Swedish National Council for Coordination of Efforts Against HIV/AIDS in 2007, and Europe's representative in the Inter-Parliamentary Union's working group on HIV/AIDS. Björling has promoted the use of contraception in Malta, a country which maintains solid links to the Roman Catholic Church.[1]

Career as Minister for Trade

In November, 2012 Björling traveled with two Swedish trade delegations to discuss increasing bi-lateral trade[2] between Sweden and war-torn country of Myanmar, despite an existing EU arms embargo against Myanmar.[3] Björling was later questioned by the Swedish Parliament regarding the discovery of Swedish made Carl Gustav recoilless rifles found in Myanmar in December, 2012.[3][4]

Following the 2010 general election, Björling also took office as Minister for Nordic Cooperation.

Awards

In 2006 Björling was awarded with the "Jerusalem Prize" from the Zionist Federation in Sweden.[5] The award is given to persons who has shown "extraordinary support for Israel, Jerusalem and Zionism".[5]

Personal life

Ewa Björling is married and has two children. She lives on the island of Ekerö west of Stockholm.

References

External links

  • Frihandelsministern, blog
  • Ewa Björling at the Government Offices of Sweden
Political offices
Preceded by
Sten Tolgfors
Minister for Trade
2007–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Cristina Husmark Pehrsson
Minister for Nordic Cooperation
2010–present
Incumbent

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