Nyamko Sabuni

Nyamko Sabuni ( born March 31, 1969 in Bujumbura, Burundi ) is a Swedish politician and was Minister for Integration and Gender Equality, the first black minister of Sweden. She is married to a Swede and has been with him five year-old twin sons ( April 2007).


Sabuni grew up with her ​​family in Burundi, where her father, a political refugee from Zaire, lived in exile. He received political asylum in Sweden in 1980, in 1981 the family joined him after. There she lived in Kungsängen near Stockholm. Later she studied law at Uppsala and migration theory in Eskilstuna and Communication Studies in Stockholm.

Political career

In 1996, Sabuni the youth movement of the liberal People's Party for. As a key experience that motivated her to get started in politics, she called the murder of a refugee by a skinhead in Klippan in 1995.

2002 Nyamko Sabuni was chosen for the People's Party in the Swedish parliament. In 2006, she called in the Swedish newspaper Expressen an annual gynecological examination for pupils to prevent female genital mutilation. It has also used for a headscarf ban for all students under 15 years and the inclusion of honor killings as a special offense in the legislation.

In July 2006, her book " Flickorna vi sviker " ( "The girls we betrayed" ) was issued. It is about women living in Sweden under the threat of honor killings and violence.

On 6 October 2006 she became the Minister for Integration and Gender Equality in the new government of Fredrik Reinfeldt. Swedish Muslims protested against their appointment and accused her Islamophobia and populism. The Sveriges muslimska förbund ( claims to be the largest organization of Swedish Muslims) signed a petition against her appointment.

"Language and work are the key to integration ", is cited as her personal credo.

After the 2010 elections it was from their ministerial posts for integration, it was new only responsible for gender equality.

On January 21, 2013 Sabuni announced her departure. Her successor was Mary Arnholm.