Berit Andnor

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Berit Andnor
Berit Andnor, Sveriges socialminister och nordisk samarbetsminister.jpg
Andnor in June 2005
Minister for Health and Social Affairs
In office
1 October 2004 – 6 October 2006
Prime MinisterGöran Persson
Preceded byLars Engqvist
Succeeded byGöran Hägglund
Member of the Riksdag
In office
37th Governor of Blekinge County
In office
1 October 2011 – 1 October 2017
Preceded byGunvor Engström
Succeeded bySten Nordin
Personal details
Berit Andnor Bylund

(1954-11-20) 20 November 1954 (age 67)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Political partySocial Democrats
Alma materUniversity College of Östersund

Berit Andnor (born 20 November 1954) is a Swedish Social Democratic politician. She was Minister for Social Affairs of Sweden 2004–2006.


Berit Andnor grew up in a working-class family in Gothenburg, and she and her sister was the first her family to be given the opportunity to obtain a higher education. She has a University Diploma in Social Work from the University College of Östersund (now Mid Sweden University) in Jämtland, and since then, she has been living in the region.

In the 1980s, she worked as director of social welfare services in Berg Municipality. In 1982, she was elected to the county council, and from 1986 to 1991, she sat on its executive board, the beginning of her career as a full-time politician. In 1991, she was elected to the Riksdag as a Member of Parliament. She chose to focus her work as a parliamentarian on gender equality issues and labour market policy.

Since then, Andnor has held a number of high-ranking posts, such as vice-president of the Council of Europe parliamentarian assembly, 1996–1998, and chair of the , 1997–2000. She has also been a member of theexecutive committee of National Federation of Social Democratic Women in Sweden from 1995 to 2003.

Still, her name was not very known to the public when Prime Minister Göran Persson made her Minister for Children and Families in 2002. On 1 November 2004, she became Minister for Social Affairs.

From October 2006 until 2010, she was the chairman of the Riksdags committee on the constitution, and after the 2010 election, she left the Riksdag.

In 2011, she was appointed governor of Blekinge County with a term from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2017.[1] She succeeded Gunvor Engström.


  1. ^ Berit Andnor Bylund ny landshövding i Blekinge, press brief from the Government of Sweden, 2011-06-30 (in English)

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