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Östergötland, Sweden’s Lina Ljungberg to compete at Miss Universe 2019


Model Lina Ljungberg, 22, will represent Sweden at Miss Universe 2019. She is the 65th woman to represent the country in the international beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization, which is currently owned by the WME/IMG talent agency.

Hailing from Östergötland, Sweden, Ljungberg used to work as a sales associate at Boomerang in Stockholm and she has been working as a model since 2012. In 2017, she competed in Miss Universe Sweden and won the second highest title Miss International Sweden 2017.

At Miss International 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, Ljungberg was unplaced. In 2018, she competed in Miss Universe Sweden again and won the third highest title Miss Bikini.

Both in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Miss Universe Sweden, Ljungberg won the Miss Photogenique Sweden award. For the third time, she competed in the same beauty pageant and finally won the top crown. 

On September 29, 2019, Ljungberg was crowned Miss Universe Sweden 2019 at Café Opera in Stockholm, Sweden. She bested 17 other candidates including Paulina Kielczewska, Yasmine Mindru, Stina Nordlander and Fredrika Hall.


Kielczewska was crowned Miss International Sweden 2019 while Mindru was first runner-up. Nordlander and Hall were Miss Personality and Miss Photogenique Sweden, respectively.

Crowning Ljungberg was Miss Universe Sweden 2018 Emma Strandberg. The latter was unplaced at Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The last time Sweden placed in Miss Universe was in 2009. Hailing from Staffanstorp, Sweden, Renate Cerlien finished in the Top 15 at Miss Universe 2009 in Nassau, Bahamas.

If Ljungberg wins Miss Universe 2019, she will be the international beauty pageant’s fourth titleholder from her country. Representing the European country, Hillevi Rombin, Margareta Arvidsson and Yvonne Ryding were crowned Miss Universe in 1955, 1965 and 1984, respectively.

Catriona Gray, 25, of the Philippines is the reigning Miss Universe 2018. She is the fourth Miss Universe from her country and the 67th woman to hold the title.

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