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Sweden's 'sexiest politicians' exposed

Sweden's 'sexiest politicians' exposed

Published: 06 Jul 2012 16:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Jul 2012 16:00 GMT+02:00

A gay entrepreneur and an outspoken woman whose Iraqi politician father was once imprisoned in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison have been revealed as Sweden's sexiest politicians of 2012 in a new ranking published on Friday.

Moderate Party education policy spokesperson Tomas Tobé and Centre Party MP Abir al-Sahlani topped the sexiest politician ranking, compiled annually by Swedish news website Nyheter24.

“I was initially surprised but when they explained more I was very happy,” al-Sahlani told The Local after being chosen as Sweden's sexiest female politician.

"It feels great. Fortunately, it pays to be outspoken."

Click here for the gallery of the top five sexiest FEMALE politicians

Al-Sahlani, 36, entered the Riksdag in September 2011 to fill the parliamentary seat left vacant by outgoing environment minister Andres Carlgren.

Currently a resident of the south Stockholm suburb of Hägersten, al-Sahlani was born in Iraq and launched her career in politics in Härnosand in northern Sweden as the youngest representative on the governing board of the local Centre Party chapter.

Her father, Abid Faisal al-Sahlani, headed the National Democratic Coalition, a political party in Iraq, and once helped broker a meeting between his daughter and Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki.

According to Nyheter24, al-Sahlani is sexy because she "time after time has shown that she stands for what she believes in".

Sweden's newly crowned sexiest male politician Tobé, meanwhile, was chosen because he "among the best of all politicians at breaking into a smile".

Click here for the gallery of the top five sexiest MALE politicians

After being active in the Moderate Party's youth wing MUF, the 34-year-old native of Gävle in eastern Sweden launched his professional career by starting a communications agency.

In 2006, Tobé returned to politics, entering the Riksdag as an MP when the Moderates took power. He focused at first on employment and business issues before becoming the party's education policy spokesperson in March 2012.

Tobé and al-Sahlani top Nyheter24's annual list of Sweden's ten sexiest male and female politicians, presented to coincide with the Almedalen political gathering held on the Baltic island of Gotland.

To qualify for consideration for the list, chosen by the editorial staff at Nyheter24, politicians must be ministers, MPs, party secretaries, or chair or vice-chair of their party's youth organizations.

According to Nyheter24, they can be "hetero, gay, trans, tall, or short" but must "offer something more than being a stiff politician".

Nyheter 24’s acting news editor, Henrik Eriksson, explained the deciding factor is the personality of the politicians and not their good looks.

“It’s about being yourself and doing things in a different way,” Eriksson told The Local.

He explained that reactions amongst the winning politicians varied, but most of them are really happy to have made the list.

“When they realize this is not about good looks, many of them think it’s a blast. Some have got many congratulations and even texted me to say thanks,” Eriksson said.

But when the politicians were asked who they think are the most sexy politician, a lot of them were reluctant to mention a name.

“A lot of them chickened out,” said Eriksson.

However, last year's sexiest female politician, Christian Democrat Caroline Szyber, didn't hesitate to express her happiness at making the list again this year, despite having dropped two places to third place.

"It's really fun to have been nominated the third sexiest politician by Nyheter24 and the second most good looking woman in Almedalen by Expressen," she told The Local.

"But as a politician I also of course hope to be judged by the good work that I do and not just by my looks. I understand that one of the criteria for the competition was personality so I'm very pleased that they've judged me on my character and political work, too. Or at least I hope so!"

Szyber also downplayed potential jealousies from other female colleagues.

"Some of them might be a bit jealous but most of them just think it's fun that I've made it onto the lists," she said.

Meanwhile, the fourth sexiest male politician, Mathias Sundin, joked about his inclusion on the list.

"It's about time!" he told The Local via Twitter.

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16:24 July 6, 2012 by whoye
politicians are not there for setting a beauty/sexiness models, but rather for their brains. i would love to see a results of IQ test among them. that would probably provoke chaos, although in theory everyone agrees that stupidity is a negative characteristics and yet stupid people never get criticism.
17:54 July 6, 2012 by Dazzler
wow....... (sigh)
19:25 July 6, 2012 by skogsbo
If she won, would you want to wake next to the loser? Either that or the winner were chosen by the blind society using braille.Overall a pointless contest, they should have better things to do.
20:20 July 6, 2012 by Svealander
The words politicians and sexy don't go together... at all!!

After all, remember the quote:

"Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason."

-Mark Twain
20:29 July 6, 2012 by Uncle
Another French kiss on the behind of a female, foreign, muslim, middle aged woman for the sake of showing tolerance in all it's glory. Pity that she was not a pregnant handicapped transsexual to complete the picture.

"It's about being yourself and doing things in a different way"

Then they should award the prize to Qaddafi and Assad. They are the sexiest politicians, who are doing things in a different way and stand for what they believe in...
21:42 July 6, 2012 by skumdum
I think the woman in the picture is beautiful.
22:02 July 6, 2012 by skogsbo
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but she is stunningly average, at best.
00:23 July 7, 2012 by Vendorune
half the people are non swedes, more then half of the issues aren't at all Swedish
04:13 July 7, 2012 by John Redux
Neither of these individuals is very sexy/attractive. He looks weird (and not the best teeth), and she is not even Swedish - just another dark-haired, dark-eyed woman among the millions of other ones in the world (boring). The blond-haired, blue-eyed women of Sweden (i.e., real Swedes) are much better looking than her. It is not even fair to compare.
04:36 July 7, 2012 by embil
John Redux, can you give us some examples as a guide? Hmm, you may have a point here.

@Whoye, you're exactly right and unfortunately, that is an exception than the rule here with some of those in higher positions.
11:20 July 7, 2012 by Frobobbles
None of them looks sexy. Some weird person must have chosen the 10 candidates. Here is sexy: center party youth leader Hanna Wagenius. She can talk too. Only thing wrong with her is she is in a dumb party.

14:02 July 7, 2012 by Svealander
@ Frobobbles

I think this choice has more to do with trying to appear political correct than anything else. Caroline Szyber is now ranked lower than a year ago. Has she really become "less sexy" over 365 days? No, she looks exactly the same, it just proves these type of rankings are a joke.

And yes good call on Hanna Wagenius!
15:54 July 7, 2012 by Eric1
This is an April Fools joke? This cannot be a serious article. It's more like a "politically correct" article than sex appeal.
08:36 July 8, 2012 by gh2008
she seems sexy to me :)
09:09 July 8, 2012 by Da Goat
Thank God they were not Exposed as the headline stated some of them could frighten small children and older men!

Next year please find some that can be exposed and not hurt ones eyes!
01:15 July 9, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
@John Redux Couldn't have said it better! ANY real Swede is far more beautiful than these foreigners.
07:03 July 9, 2012 by Zombie
If these are the sexy ones, I really don't wanna see how the ugly ones look like.
11:50 July 9, 2012 by nolikegohome
now we know who is hot, because they told us so. Just hope the do a good job and stop wasting time looking in the mirrors.
14:58 July 11, 2012 by Just_Kidding
Instead of saying that she is not beautiful, introduce us those Swedish politicians that are cuter than her.
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