Brigitta Dahl

Born: 20 September, 1937, Vastra Gotaland County, Sweden. A graduate of Uppsala University, Brigitta Dahl started her career in various Swedish international development organisations. She was elected to the Swedish Parliament in 1969, was the Swedish Minister for Energy Affairs from 1982 to 1990, the Minister for the Environemnt from 1986 to 1991and the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament from 1994 to 2002. During and immediately after the Vietnam War she was also the chairperson of a group called the Swedish Committee for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia; in this position she strongly supported the Pol Pot Regime while it carried out the holocaust in Cambodia, calling reports of this lies and American propoganda.
Much later (1997) this led to public questions about her appropriateness for the position of Speaker for the Parliament but she nevertheless remained in the position until 2002. Since 2005 she is chairperson of the Swedish section of UNICEF.
In her capacity as Speaker, she led a Swedish Parlimentary delegation to Latvia and dinner at the house on 14 February, 1995.