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Anita GRADIN, Swedish politician. Stockholm City Council 1966-1968; Pari. 1968.


GRADIN, Anita was born on August 12, 1933 in Hörnefors, Vasterbotten, Sweden. Daughter of Ossian Gradin and Alfhild Gradin (née Englund).


Degree in social work & public administration, College Social Work and Public Administration, Stockholm, 1960.


Member of Parliament, since 1968. Member Standing Committees on Education and Financial Affairs, 1968-1982. Delegate to Council of Europe.

196882; Chairperson, Stockholm district of National Federation of Social Democratic Women. 1968-1982, Vice-Chairperson, since 1975. Working Chairperson, Swedish Council for Intercountry Adoptions, 1973-1980.

Chairperson, Council of Europe Committee on Migration, Refugees and Demography, 1978-1982. Vice-President, Cabinet Minister for Migration and Equality between Women and Men, 1982-1986. Vice-President Socialist International, 1983-1986, then President since 1986.

Cabinet Minister for Foreign Trade. 1986-1991; Member, Stnding Committee on Industry and Trade, since 1991. Delegate to Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Journalist, Vasterbottens Folkblad, 1950-1952, Arbetarbladet, Gàvle, 1955-1958, TCO - tidningen (Civil Service Organisation Newspaper), 1960-1963. Employee, Swedish Forestry and Log-floating Labour Union, 1952-1955. Employee, Social Welfare Planning Committee, Stockholm.

Chairman Swedish Socio-economist Federation, 1970-1979.


Secretary committee women's affairs Stockholm Center Board Administration, 1963-1967. Member Stockholm City Council, 1966-1968. Chairman district branch Federation Social Democratic Women, Stockholm, 1968-1982, vice-chairman National Federation Social Democratic Women in Sweden, 1976-1992.

Vice chairman Socialist International, 1986-1992. Chairman Socialist International Women, 1986-1992. Chairman migration, refugees and demographic questions committee Council of Europe, 1978-1982.

Chairman Swedish Association of Graduates from Schools of Social Work and Public Administration, 1978-1982. Chairman Council Inter-Country Adoptions, 1973-1980. Member board directors Stockholm School of Economics, Riga, since 2001.

Chair Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, 2001-2004. Advisor Prime Minister Kurdish Government 2005.


  • Other Interests

    Recreations: stamp collecting, fishing.


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Ossian Gradin

Alfhild (Englund) Gradin

Bertil Kersfelt

Cathrine Gradin