Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden (since October 3, 2014)
Kjell Stefan Löfven was born in Stockholm, on 21 July 1957. He was placed in an orphanage 10 months after his birth. Löfven was later looked after by a foster family from Sunnersta, Sollefteå. According to the agreement with this family, his birth mother would regain custody of him when she was able to; however, this did not happen. After meeting his brother, Stefan found out that his last name is spelled Löfven, although he prefers to spell it as Löfvén, and this is how it appears in the Swedish population register. His foster father Ture Melander (1926–2003) was a lumberjack and then a factory worker, while his foster mother, Iris Melander, worked as a health visitor. He studied at Sollefteå High School before going on a welding course for 48 weeks at AMU in Kramfors. Löfven studied social work at Umeå University, but ended his studies early after a year and a half.
Löfven began his career in 1979 as a welder at Hägglunds in Örnsköldsvik. Two years later, he was chosen as the group’s union representative, and went on to hold a succession of union posts. In 1995, he started as an employed ombudsman in the Swedish Metalworkers’ Union, working in the areas of contract negotiations and international affairs. In 2001, he was elected vice-chairman of the Metalworkers’ Union, and in November 2005 was elected to be the first Chairman of the newly formed IF Metall.
Löfven was first elected to the executive board of the Swedish Social Democratic Party in 2006, shortly after he became Chairman of IF Metall. In January 2012, following the resignation of Håkan Juholt, it was reported that Löfven was being considered as his successor as Leader. On 27 January 2012, Löfven was subsequently elected Leader in a party-room ballot, therefore becoming the Leader of the Opposition.
Löfven led his party through the 14 September 2014 general election. On 2 October 2014, the Swedish Parliament approved Löfven as the country’s 33rd Prime Minister. On 3 December 2014 Löfven’s budget was voted down by the centre-right opposition Alliance for Sweden and the far-right Sweden Democrats and as a consequence, he announced on the same day that a fresh election will be held on 22 March 2015.
Fredrik Reinfeldt, Former Prime Minister of Sweden
Born on 4 August 1965 in Stockholm. Lives in Täby, married to Filippa, three children: Gustaf, Erik and Ebba.
1990 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics, Stockholm University
Positions and assignments
2006- Prime Minister2003- Party Chair of the Moderate Party
2002- Member of the Board of the Moderate Party
2003- Chair of the Executive Committee of the Moderate Party Group in the Riksdag
2003-2006 Member of the Riksdag Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs
Deputy Chair of the Riksdag Committee on Finance
Group Leader and First Deputy Chair of the Executive Committee of the Moderate Party Group in the Riksdag
Alternate of the Riksdag Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs
Chair of the Riksdag Committee on Justice
Alternate of the Riksdag Committee on EU Affairs
Member of the Executive Committee of the Moderate Party Group in the Riksdag
Member of the Riksdag Committee on Finance
Member of the Board of the Moderate Party
Member of the Regional Section of the Moderate Party in Stockholm
Chair of the Executive Committee of the Young Moderates
Alternate of the Riksdag Committee on Taxation
Member of the Riksdag
Secretary to the Stockholm City Commissioner
1990-1991 Deputy Secretary to the Stockholm City Commissioner
Member of the Executive Committee of the Young Moderates
Chair of the Regional Section of the Young Moderates in Stockholm
Deputy Chair of the Regional Section of the Young Moderates in Stockholm
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken in Täby
Deputy Chair of the Swedish Conscripts Council of the Swedish Defence Staff
President of the Youth of the European Peoples Party
Chair of the Democratic Youth Community of Europe
Member of the Board of the Swedish National Union of Students
Deputy Chair of the Swedish Central Conscripts Council