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Ingmar Axel Karlsson


  • During his entire career he has been writing books about China, Germany, the Middle East as well as about religions and problems of ethnic minorities.

Major achievements

  • In 2002 he was awarded a status of Honorary Doctor of Theological Science at the Lund University
  • 2007 - Honorary Doctor of Philosophy at Linnéuniversitetet (the Univesity named after Carl Linnaeus).


  • Kurdistan: landet som icke är, 2008 (Kurdistan: a land that does not exist)
  • Europa och turken. Betraktelser kring en komplicerad relation, 2007 (Europe and Turkey. Thoughts regarding complicated relations)
  • Vårt arabiska arv, 2007 (Our Arabic heritage)
  • Europas styvbarn: minoritetsfolk utan egen stat, 2003 (Europe's stepchildren: minotiries without their own states)


Has established extremely good ties with Turkish officials and spoke in favour of Turkey's prospects in the European Union.

His book "Kurdistan: landet som icke är" (eng: "Kurdistan: a land that does not exist") proved to be a real controverly with part of the Swedish Kurds speaking in favour and some strongly against the author's ideas.


  • Fellow International Institute Strategic Studies; Swedish Foreign Policy Association


  • father: Axel
  • mother: Lisa
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Born January 16, 1942
(age 75)
  • 1967
    The University of Gothenburg
  • 1967
    The Gothenburg School of Economics
  • 2002
    The University of Lund
  • 2007
    The University of Växjö (Linné University)
  • 1974 - 1978
    Head, of section Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
  • 1979 - 1983
    Charge d'affaires Swedish Embassy
    Damascus, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1984 - 1986
    Charge d'affaires Swedish Embassy
  • 1988 - 1992
    ambassador, Swedish Embassy
    Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • 1992 - 1996
    ambassador at large, Ministry Foreign Affairs
    Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
  • 1996 - 2000
    ambassador, Ministry Foreign Affairs
    Prague, Hlavni mesto Praha, Czech Republic
  • 2001 - 2008
    consul general, Ministry Foreign Affairs
    Istambul, Istanbul, Turkey, Turkey
  • 2009
    Senior Research Fellow , Global Political Trends Center of Istanbul Kültür University
    Istanbul, Turkey, Turkey
  • 2009
    Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East studies of the University of Lund
    Lund, Sodermanlands Lan, Sweden
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