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Swedish politicians and writers react to Margaret Thatcher's death

Margaret Thatcher. Photo: National Archives/Scanpix.

Swedish politicians from the Right and Left are continuing to react to the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Swedish conservative Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says he was impressed by her strength, integrity and knowledge.

Even some political opponents, such as former Swedish Social Democrat Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson, reminisced about their meetings with "The Iron Lady".

"She was quite charming and was a person full of humour. There was a Margaret Thatcher with warmth and humour, and I am glad I experienced that", Carlsson told news agency TT.

Centre Party leader, Annie Lööf, who has previously described Mrs Thatcher as a role model, wrote on Twitter: "Margaret Thatcher was a strong and controversial politician. A colourful woman has left us."

But Thatcher is a controversial figure in Sweden as well as in the UK. Acclaimed comic and writer Jonas Gardell wrote an opinion piece in the Expressen tabloid, slamming Thatcher for her anti-gay policy "section 28", which banned the mention of homosexuality in British schools, and also her actions during the first years of the AIDS outbreak.

Gudrun Schyman, former leader of the Left Party and now spokeswoman for the Feminist Initiative party, said that Thatcher's time in politics showed that a woman could be just as strong a leader as a man. 

"She showed in a very good way that there is not such a big difference between women and men," said Schyman.

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