Jasenko Selimović

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Jasenko Selimović
Jasenko Selimovic - Folkpartiet Liberalernas Landsmötet 2009.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
In office
30 September 2015 – 2 July 2019
Preceded byMarit Paulsen
Personal details
Born (1968-01-01) 1 January 1968 (age 53)
Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Political party Swedish
Liberal People's Party

Jasenko Selimović (born 1 January 1968) is a Bosnian-born Swedish director, artistic director, writer and politician representing the Liberal People's Party. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2015 until 2019.


Jasenko Selimović at Stockholm's Kulturhuset on 29 November 2014


Selimović was educated at the Academy of creative arts in Sarajevo and at the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm. He fled from the war in Bosnia in 1992. After a period at the Uppsala City Theatre, where he set up the play Pingst (Pentecost), he was engaged as a director at the Gothenburg City Theatre and in 1998 was appointed artistic director. That same year, his play 1948 premiered at Backa Theatre. He put up in 2003 Sophocles' Antigoneat the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre. In the summer of 2004 he was the host of SVT's talk show Allvarligt talat. He has received a number of theater prices, the Svenska Dagbladets Thaliapris in 2000 and Expressens teaterpris in 1997. He was named Gothenburger of the year in 1999 and Europeans of the Year (Årets Europé) in 2006. He has written columns for the news magazine Fokus. He was director of Radioteatern in 2006–09.


In September 2009, Selimović announced that he would leave the post of head of the Radioteatern in order to contend the 2010 Swedish general election for the Folkpartiet.[1]

He was nominated for second place in the Liberal Party's parliamentary list for Gothenburg on 16 January 2010[2] but he did not manage to get into Parliament.

In October 2010 Selimović was appointed Secretary of State for the Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag.

Selimović was a candidate in the European elections in Sweden in 2014 in third place on the Liberal Party list. 30 September 2015, he became an MEP when Marit Paulsen left her seat in the European Parliament. He left his post in July 2019, having decided[3] not to run for re-election.


  1. ^ Spektra. "Selimovic satsar på politiken".
  2. ^ "Liberalerna – Frihet måste försvaras". Liberalerna.
  3. ^ "Jasenko Selimovic lämnar EU-parlamentet". Dagens opinion (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-12-28.
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