Lars Engqvist

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Lars Engqvist (born August 13, 1945) is a Swedish politician.[1] He served as chairman of the youth organization of the Swedish Social Democrats from 1972 to 1978, and then worked as a journalist and editor-in-chief. In the early 1990s he was the mayor of Malmö, and then president of the Swedish Film Institute before receiving his first government appointment in 1998.

On June 1, 2004 he was appointed as deputy Prime Minister of the Swedish government. The main reason for the appointment was to make him acting the prime minister under Göran Persson, when the latter received knee surgery in early June. The appointment will not affect his status as the Minister of Health and Social Affairs, but at the same time it was also announced that Enqvist will step down from his government posts on October 1, to become the new Governor of Jönköping County.

In April 2005 he was appointed as chairman of the Swedish public service television company Sveriges Television, succeeding Allan Larsson. The appointment drew criticism because of his close ties to the Social Democratic Party and the government.

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  1. ^ "Lars Engqvist". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
Preceded by
Bosse Ringholm
Chairman of the Social Democratic Youth League
1972–1978
Succeeded by
Jan Nygren
Preceded by
Nils Yngvesson
Mayor of Malmö
1990–1992
Succeeded by
Joakim Ollén
Preceded by
Ingrid Edström
Executive Director of the Swedish Film Institute
1994–1998
Succeeded by
Hans Ottoson
Preceded by
Leif Blomberg
Assistant Minister of Interior of Sweden
Minister of Integration

1998
Succeeded by
Ulrica Messing
Preceded by
Jörgen Andersson
Minister for Interior of Sweden
1998
Succeeded by
Lars-Erik Lövdén
Preceded by
Thomas Östros
Assistant Minister of Finance of Sweden
1998
Succeeded by
Lars-Erik Lövdén
Preceded by
Maj-Inger Klingvall
Minister for Health and Social Affairs of Sweden
1998–2004
Succeeded by
Berit Andnor
Preceded by
Marita Ulvskog
Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
2004
Succeeded by
Laila Freivalds
Preceded by
Birgit Friggebo
Governor of Jönköping County
2004-
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Allan Larsson
Chairman of Sveriges Television
2005-2011
Succeeded by
Göran Johnsson