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Carl Bildt voted 'funniest' Swedish politician

Carl Bildt voted 'funniest' Swedish politician

Published: 22 Jun 2011 15:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Jun 2011 15:46 GMT+02:00

“It is when he is the most serious that he is the funniest,” said Erik Blix, host of a satire show on Sveriges Radio (SR), to daily Aftonbladet.

It is the third year running that Comedy Central has mapped out Swedes' views on politics and humour.

In the 2011 survey, 26 percent of Swedes picked Carl Bildt as the funniest of Sweden’s 24 ministers.

Finance minister Anders Borg and social minister Göran Hägglund share second place, both getting 21 percent of the votes.

Erik Blix was surprised that Anders Borg made the cut, but professed his admiration for the wit of Christian Democrat leader Göran Hägglund.

“I once asked Göran Hägglund if he was selling the Christian Democrat party to the devil and he immediately retorted “How much do you want for it?” said Blix to Aftonbladet.

According to the survey, the most boring minister in Sweden is Maud Olofsson, minister for energy and enterprise, followed closely by minister for the environment, Andreas Carlgren.

Peter von Satzger, head of Comedy Central, thinks that Swedish politicians would do good to improve their sense of humour.

“Humour in politics is something that is actively worked on in the US and Britain. To be witty is something in which perhaps especially British politicians fight to outdo each other,” said von Satzger in a statement.

Von Satzger also thinks that wittiness is a strong leadership characteristic that bears witness of kindness and being good for a laugh.

“Looking at it from that angle, Swedish politics is rather too boring. I am convinced that more Swedes would take an interest in politics if they felt it was more entertaining,” von Satzger said.

Last year’s report showed that a staggering 46 percent of Swedes thought that there wasn’t enough humour in Swedish politics, while one-third thought they’d be more interested in politics if it was a bit more fun.

In addition, 52 percent called for more humorous party leader debates.

The funniest international politician in 2010 was Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, according to last year’s report.

The full report for 2011 will be presented at the Almedalen political week, on the Baltic island of Gotland, in July.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

16:42 June 22, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
He must have a good sense of humor.
16:58 June 22, 2011 by luke123
I though Swedish politics was one big joke. He'd better be absolutely hilarious if he is to deserve that title.
17:24 June 22, 2011 by Great Scott
Bildt is a useless clown, so he rightfully deserves the award. As for the other thing I don't think boring really fits, more like "Most expensive, boring and waste of time". Both have screwed Sweden for what they could get and given nothing in return.
17:36 June 22, 2011 by Tamm O'Shanter
Having been (apparently) described as a 'medium-sized dog with no political skills' (sic) by the US government (according to Wikileaks), it must be a wonderful consolation to Herr Bildt to be voted 'funniest Swedish politician'

After all, elected politicians must serve the public in whatever way they can. Lol!
17:45 June 22, 2011 by zircon
Be witty like a sharp tool and stab the envious opponent. Of course with more wittiness.
21:35 June 22, 2011 by krattan
Watch "Carl Bildt spelar in en låt" on youtube.
09:45 June 30, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
"Peter von Satzger, head of Comedy Central, thinks that Swedish politicians would do good to improve their sense of humour" writes The Local. Well, The Local, you should tell Mr. Satzger that

sense of humour, common sense, how to be witty like Oscar Wilde, (humorous, funny, amusing; clever; sharp, shrewd ). talent and intelligence are neither learned at the Stockholm University nor bought at NK. Either you are born with those traits or you are one more of the millions of nincompoops one finds walking the streets. Perhamps the Beagle could learn something from Bildt, but I have my doubts. He is as boring as Maud Olofsson. Mr. Satzger should go to school to find out how to think before opening what he uses for eating.
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