In a tall, blond government, a small black woman like Nyamko Sabuni was always going to stand out.
It is, though, the former refugees outspoken views that have demanded attention in her adopted Sweden, where she wants a ban on the veil for under-15s and compulsory gynaecological checks for all schoolgirls to protect against genital mutilation masquerading as female circumcision.
Her views have led to death threats and round-the-clock protection in Europe’s most tolerant country.
Being appointed Minister for Integration and Equality in the right-wing Government provoked a petition signed by 50 Muslim organisations declaring that she breathed populism and Islamophobia.
Source: David Charter in Stockholm of the The Times Online