Anna Kinberg Batra

Anna Kinberg Batra
Anna Kinberg Batra in July 2014
Leader of the Opposition
In office
10 January 2015  1 October 2017
Monarch Carl XVI Gustaf
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Preceded by Fredrik Reinfeldt
Succeeded by Ulf Kristersson
Leader of the Moderate Party
In office
10 January 2015  1 October 2017
Deputy Peter Danielsson
Party Secretary Tomas Tobé
Anders Edholm
Preceded by Fredrik Reinfeldt
Succeeded by Ulf Kristersson
Leader of the Moderate Party in the Riksdag
In office
4 October 2010  14 January 2015
Leader Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by Lars Lindblad
Succeeded by Jessica Polfjärd
Member of the Riksdag
Assumed office
17 September 2006
Constituency Stockholm Municipality
Personal details
Born Anna Maria Kinberg
(1970-04-14) 14 April 1970
Skärholmen, Sweden
Political party Moderate Party
Spouse(s) David Batra
Children 1
Alma mater

Anna Maria Kinberg Batra (Swedish pronunciation: [²anːa ²ɕɪnbærj ˈbɑːtra]; née Kinberg; born 14 April 1970) is a Swedish politician of the Moderate Party. She was Leader of the Moderate Party and Leader of the Opposition from January 2015 to October 2017. She has been a Member of the Riksdag for Stockholm Municipality since 2006.[1]

On 25 August 2017, Kinberg Batra announced her resignation as party leader; she was succeeded by Ulf Kristersson on 1 October 2017. In September 2017, she said that she would leave the political arena by the next election in 2018.

Early life

Anna Kinberg was born in Skärholmen.[2] In 1974 Kinberg and her family moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as her father worked for Merrill Lynch's Amsterdam office.[3][4] Kinberg Batra speaks fluent Dutch after her years in the country.[3] They moved back to Sweden in 1980, settling in Djursholm where Kinberg Batra spent the rest of her upbringing.[4]


Kinberg Batra is a member of the Kinberg family from Västra Götaland County. Her parents are commodity analyst Johan S. Kinberg and chemistry engineer Sarah Kinberg (née Lundgren). Her grandfather was director Hilding Kinberg and her great-great-grandfather was professor Hjalmar Kinberg.[5]


Kinberg Batra went to high school at Danderyds gymnasium, where she studied natural sciences. After high school, she studied foreign languages and political science at Stockholm University between 1989 and 1991. She graduated from Stockholm School of Economics in 2000, having studied part-time there from 1991.

Political career

Kinberg Batra joined the Moderate Youth League in 1983.[6] During the internal fights within the youth league in the beginning of the 1990s, she belonged to the liberal phalanx and supported Ulf Kristersson as chairman.

In 1993, she worked as political advisor to Prime Minister Carl Bildt at the Government offices.[7] She has also worked as editor at Svenska Dagbladet in 1994 and 1996. From 1995 to 1996 she was political secretary at the office of the Moderate Party in the European Parliament, and from 1998 to 2000 she served as project leader. From 2000 to 2005, she was communication consult at Prime PR. Concurrently, she ran her own consulting business. From 2005 to 2006, she was head of information at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

She was active in student politics as chairman of the Stockholm University Student Union in 1994, as member of the board of the Moderate Youth League from 1995 to 1998 and as the first female chairman of the Moderate Youth League in Stockholm County from 1996 to 1998.[8]From 2004 to 2011, she was a member of the board of activity center Fryshuset. Since 2011, she has been a member of the executive board of the Moderate Party.

Elected representative

She has also been an elected member of the Stockholm County Council and the municipal council in Nacka Municipality.[9] Prior to the 2006 general election she worked at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and prior to that she worked in different companies as a public relations consultant. She has authored the book Indien – från stackare till stormakt ("India – From Wretch to Great Power", Timbro, 2005).[10]

Kinberg became known to the general public when she stated that "people from Stockholm are more intelligent than people from rural areas" in her 1998 election campaign.[11] In 2014, she apologized for this statement and said that "it is still the stupidest thing I've said publicly".[12]

In the Riksdag from 2006, she was chairman of the Committee on European Union Affairs from 2007 to 2010 and chairman of the Committee on Finance from 2010 to 2014.[13]

Leader of the Moderate Party

Following the defeat of the Moderate Party in the general election in September 2014, Kinberg Batra was de jure took leadership of the party. On 9 December 2014, the Moderate Party's nomination committee nominated Anna Kinberg Batra to succeed Fredrik Reinfeldt as party leader.[14] She was elected to the position at the party congress on 10 January 2015, becoming the party's first female leader.[15]

She faced criticism from voters and from within the Moderate Party after the December agreement, which made it possible for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's centre-left minority government coalition to continue in office. On 9 October 2015, following the Christian Democrats' departure from the agreement, Kinberg Batra announced that the agreement was now dissolved.

On 25 August 2017, she announced that she would resign the leadership of the Moderate Party, owing to heavy criticism from within the party. She was succeeded by Ulf Kristersson on 1 October 2017. [16]

Personal life

She has been married to comedian David Batra since 2002. They have one daughter and live in Nacka, Stockholm.[17][18][19]


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  2. "Uppväxt nyliberal kan få leda M - Lokalt - Skå". Skånskan. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Ny seriös image lyfte karriären för Batra". Helsingborgs Dagblad - Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Anna Kinberg Batra tar inte längre några risker". DN.SE. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  5. Odelberg, Wilhelm; Bäckmark, Magnus, eds. (2003), Svenska släktkalendern. Årg. 29, Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International, pp. 169–172, ISBN 91-22-02008-X
  6. Eriksson, Karin (5 December 2014). "Liberal feminist kan bli vår nästa stats minister". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  7. "CV" (PDF). Anna Kinberg Batras webbplats. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  8. "Kinberg Batra hetaste kandidaten att ta över". Expressen. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  9. Nacka Värmdö Posten. "Kinberg Batra spås bli M-ledare". Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  10. "Indien - från stackare till stormakt". Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  11. "Aftonbladet nyheter: Stockholmare vs lantisar". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  12. "Anna Kinberg Batra beredd att leda M". Göteborgs Posten. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  13. "Anna Kinberg Batra tar inte längre några risker". DN.SE. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  14. Kinberg Batra nominated as Reinfeldt's successor Sveriges Radio Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  15. "Kinberg Batra valdes till M-ledare", TT/Svenska Dagbladet, 10 January 2015, retrieved 10 January 2015
  17. Lena "Men interna röster varnar för att M med Anna Kinberg Batra bara får 15 procent - SvD". Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  18. "Hon gör aldrig om sin blunder". DN.SE. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  19. "Anna Kinberg Batra - vem är hon?". Retrieved 23 November 2014.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lars Lindblad
Leader of the Moderate Party in the Riksdag
Succeeded by
Jessica Polfjärd
Preceded by
Fredrik Reinfeldt
Leader of the Moderate Party
Succeeded by
Ulf Kristersson
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