|Anna Lindh was a popular and able politician
Artificially 1969: FilmTheTheAA The Swedish Foreign Minister, Anna Lindh, has died in hospital from stab woundsinflictedin an attack while she was shopping in a Stockholm department store.
2003: Anna Lindh dies of stab injuries
She had been undergoing surgery for most of the night for injuries to her chest, stomach and arms, but doctors were unable to save her.
Her death has shocked the nation, and raised questions about Sweden's long tradition of accessibility for politicians. Like many officials, Anna Lindh did not use a bodyguard.
The attack took place yesterday at about 1600 local time (1400 GMT) when Mrs Lindh was shopping with a friend in the Nordiska Kompaniet shop in Stockholm.
A man described as tall, wearing a peaked cap andcamouflagejacket, stabbed her several times before running off.
Mourners have been arriving all day to lay flowers on the pavement outside the shop.
National flags have been flying at half-mast, and a special service was held in Uppsala cathedral this evening.
The motive for her killing remains unknown.
However, there is speculation that it could be linked to her vigorous campaigning for a "yes" vote in a referendum on whether Sweden should join the euro. The vote is due to take place in three days' time.
Anna Lindh, who was married with two children, had been an active politician since her early twenties.
She had a meteoric rise through the ruling Social Democratic Party, and became foreign minister in 1998, at the age of 41.
Her solid reputation and her widespread popularity led her to be widely tipped as a possible successor to Prime Minister Goran Persson.
Mr Persson described her death as "beyond belief" and said it had hurt Sweden's open and democratic society.
"Sweden has lost one of its most important representatives," he said. "It feels unreal, it is difficult to truly understand."
Security has been tightened around government buildings, but police said there was as yet no evidence of a political motive.
Her death has also stirred memories of the murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was shot in the back, coincidentally on the same street as the attack on Mrs Lindh, as he walked home from the cinema with his son and his wife in 1986.