Walburga Habsburg Douglas is
a German-Swedish lawyer and politician and a member of the Swedish
Parliament since 2006. She is also known as Archduchess
Walburga of Austria (Walburga Maria Franziska Helene
Elisabeth von Habsburg-Lothringen) Archduchess and Princess
Imperial of Austria, Princess
Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Countess Douglas, (5 October 1958 - ) in
Starnberger See, Germany, the
daughter of Otto, Crown
Prince of Austria and Princess Regina of
Family and children
married the Swedish Count
Archibald Douglas on 5 December 1992 in Budapest, Hungary.
have a son, Count Moritz Otto Wenzel Douglas (born 30 March
Abitur graduation in 1977 in Tutzing, Bavaria, she studied
canonical law to the doctoral level in Salzburg.
to 1992 she worked as an assistant at the European
Parliament. In 1983 she studied at the National Journalism Center in
D.C. and worked at the office of Reader's Digest in the same city.
for the Ministry of Information of the Sultanate of Oman from
1985-1992, and in 2004 she became a member of the board of the
Arab International Media
Forum in London.
she co-founded Paneuropa-Jugend
Deutschland, and was its chairman in Bavaria, and vice
chairman on the national level.
In 1977 she founded Brüsewitz-Zentrum
(Christlich-Paneuropäisches Studienwerk). From 1980 to 1988 she was
assistant international Secretary General of the international
, 1988 to 2004
she was its Secretary General and she is its executive vice
chairman since 2004.
one of the organizers of the Paneuropa-Picknick at the Iron Curtain on the 19 August 1989, on the
border between Hungary and Austria.
occasion, the fence was opened for the first time, letting more
than 660 Germans from the GDR escape from
This was the largest number of escapees since the
Berlin Wall was built and is seen by many as one of the main
symbols of the fall of Eastern European Communism.
2003 she is the chairwoman of the local branch of the Swedish
Moderate Party in Flen and on the board of the regional organisation of
the party in Södermanland.
She is a member of the board of the
since 2005, a foundation closely linked to the
and 2004 she ran for the European Parliament for the Moderate
Party, in 2002 and 2006 she ran for the national parliament
(riksdagen). She was elected, 17 September 2006 to the
Parliament, in an election which showed the greatest support
for the Moderate Party since 1928.
Chairman of the Swedish
Parliamentary delegation to the OSCE