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. 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. Lindh was married to Bo Holmberg, governor of Södermanland (her home constituency for over 20 years), with whom she had two sons.
Lindh was born to Staffan and Nancy Lindh in Enskede, a suburb southeast of Stockholm, and grew up in Grillby (outside Enköping). She became involved in politics at age 12, when she joined the local branch of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League; one of her priorities was protesting against the Vietnam war.
Lindh studied at Uppsala University, graduating as a Candidate of Law (jur. kand.) in 1982 (the year she was elected a member of parliament). In 1984, she became the first female president of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League. Her six years as president were marked by a commitment to international affairs (including Nicaragua, Vietnam, South Africa and Palestine) and against the arms race which characterized the Cold War...
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