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Candles for Anna Lindh during the memorial at Stockholm City Hall on September 19, 2003. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix
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Anna Lindh as President of the Young Socialists in 1985, Photo: Scanpix
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Environment Minister Anna Lindh in 1997, Photo: Lars Pehrson/Scanpix
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Foreign Minister Anna Lindh with American Secretary of State Colin Powell, Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, and US President George W. Bush, at the EU summit in Gothenburg in 2001, Photo: Scanpix
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Anna Lindh campaigning before the euro referendum in 2003, Photo: Mark Earthy/Scanpix

Ten years since the death of Anna Lindh

Former Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin reflects on her friend Anna Lindh
9:06 min

Wednesday September 11 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, stabbed by a man while shopping in a Stockholm department store.

The death of the woman widely expected to be the next leader of the Social Democrat party, and very likely Sweden’s first woman prime minister, plunged the nation into shock.

She was stabbed while shopping at a Stockholm department store by Mijailo Mijailovic, the Swedish-born child of Serbian immigrants. He’s now serving a life prison sentence for the murder.

The killing came just days before the Swedish referendum on joining the euro zone, a campaign in whch Anna Lindh had been very active, and her image was on posters around the country.

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