Stefan Löfven

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Stefan Löfven
Stefan Löfven efter slutdebatten i SVT 2014 (cropped).jpg
Prime Minister of Sweden
Designate
Taking office
October 2014
Monarch Carl XVI Gustaf
Deputy TBD
Succeeding Fredrik Reinfeldt
Leader of the Opposition
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 January 2012
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by Håkan Juholt
Succeeded by TBD
Leader of the
Swedish Social Democratic Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 January 2012
Preceded by Håkan Juholt
Chairman of IF Metall
In office
1 January 2006 – 27 January 2012
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by Anders Ferbe
Personal details
Born Kjell Stefan Löfven
(1957-07-21) 21 July 1957 (age 57)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Ulla Löfven
Alma mater Umeå University
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Kjell Stefan Löfven (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈsteːfan lœˈveːn]; born 21 July 1957) is a Swedish politician who is the Prime Minister-designate of Sweden. He has been the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Social Democratic Party since 2012. He had worked as a welder before becoming an active trade unionist and rising to lead the powerful IF Metall from 2006 to 2012.[1][2]

Löfven led the Social Democratic Party to election victory in the 2014 election by carrying 31.3 percent of the vote. Löfven announced on election night that he will attempt to form a government with the Greens and other "anti-racist" parties, thereby effectively ruling out giving any parliamentary influence to the Sweden Democrats.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] He studied at Sollefteå High School before going on a welding course for 48 weeks at AMU in Kramfors. Löfven studied at the University of Social Work in Umeå, but dropped out from his course after a year and a half.[3]

Trade unionist[edit]

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.[1]

Political career[edit]

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.[5][6][7] On 27 January 2012, Löfven was subsequently elected Leader in a party-room ballot, therefore becoming the Leader of the Opposition.[8][9] Löfven led his party through the 2014 general election on 14 September.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ordförandens sida" (in Swedish). IF Metall. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Trade Union leader new chairman of the Social Democrats - Stockholm News". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Holmberg, Elin (26 January 2012). "Stefan Löfven: "Sörvåge är hemma"". allehanda.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Sveriges dödbok 1901-2009 [Swedish death index 1901-2009] (in Swedish) (Version 5.0 ed.). Solna: Sveriges släktforskarförbund. 2010. ISBN 978-91-87676-59-8. 
  5. ^ Stenberg, Ewa (26 January 2012). "Jag kommer att vara jätteglad att fortsätta bygga". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Källor till SvD: Löfven ny S-ledare". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 26 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Election hopeful Stefan Löfven aims to return Sweden to the left - FT.com". Financial Times. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Positiva reaktioner på Löfven". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Richard Orange. "Tough on finance, tough on migrants: how Stefan Löfven brought Sweden's left in from the cold". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sweden Social Democrats will end tax cuts if they win election - Reuters". Reuters. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 

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Preceded by
Office Created
Chairman of IF Metall
2006–2012
Succeeded by
Anders Ferbe
Political offices
Preceded by
Håkan Juholt
Leader of the Opposition
2012–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Håkan Juholt
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
2012–present
Incumbent