|Minister for Employment|
17 September 2013 – 3 October 2014
|Prime Minister||Fredrik Reinfeldt|
|Preceded by||Hillevi Engström|
|Succeeded by||Ylva Johansson|
|Member of the Swedish Riksdag
for Örebro County
2 October 2006
26 October 1967 |
Lycksele, Västerbotten County
|Political party||Moderate Party|
|Alma mater||Örebro University|
|Profession||University teacher, economist|
Karin Elisabeth Svantesson (born Lundin 26 October 1967) is a Swedish politician who was Minister for Employment from 2013 to 2014. A member of the Moderate Party, she has been an MP of the Swedish Riksdag since 2006.
Svantesson studied economy at Örebro University between 1987-1991. Prior to being elected to the Swedish Riksdag, she was a university teacher and doctoral. She holds a economics licentiate from 2006.
Svantesson was elected to the Swedish Riksdag in the 2006 general election. In the Riksdag, she became an ordinary member of the Labour Market Committee and a deputy member of the Enterprise Committee. In October 2009 she also became deputy member of the Finance Committee and in November 2009 she became an ordinary member of the board of the Swedish National Audit Office. She retained her seat in the 2010 general election and from 2010 she was an ordinary member of the Finance Committee until 2012 when she became chairman of the Labour Market Committee.
Following defeat in 2014, she returned to the Riksdag where she become deputy chair of the Committee on Social Insurance. On 11 December 2014, Svantesson was appointed spokesperson for employment policies of the Moderate Party and deputy chair of the Committee on Employment. On 17 December 2014, she was nominated to become second deputy leader of the Moderate Party.
Earlier in her life she was a member of the Livets Ord, the largest parish within the Swedish Word of Faith Movement and as her father was a pastor, she also attended Odenslundskyrkan, a local church of Equmeniakyrkan, whereas he served at the time she lived in Östersund. She has also been a member of the anti-abortion movement ‘Yes to Life’. When appointed, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt stressed that her previous religious choices had nothing to do with her new job.
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|Minister for Employment
|Party political offices|
|Second Deputy Party Leader of the Moderate Party