|Leader of the Opposition|
27 January 2012
|Prime Minister||Fredrik Reinfeldt|
|Preceded by||Gustav Fridolin|
|Chairman of the Social Democratic Workers' Party|
27 January 2012
|Preceded by||Håkan Juholt|
|Chairman of IF Metall|
1 January 2006 – 27 January 2012
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||Anders Ferbe|
21 July 1957 |
|Political party||Social Democrats|
Trade union leader
Kjell Stefan Löfven (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈsteːfan lœˈveːn]; born 21 July 1957) is a Swedish politician who has been the Leader of the Opposition and the Chairman of the Social Democratic Worker's Party since 2012. He previously worked as a welder, before becoming an active trade unionist and rising to lead the powerful IF Metall from 2006 to 2012.
Early life and education
Löfven was born in Stockholm, spending the first 10 months of his life in an orphanage. He was later looked after by a foster family from Sunnersta, Sollefteå. The intention was that his birth mother would regain custody of him when she was able to, but this didn't happen. After meeting his brother as a young man, he found out that his 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. Later, he studied at the University of Social Work in Umeå, but dropped out from his course after a year and a half.
Löfven started his career in 1979 as a welder at Hägglunds in Örnsköldsvik. Two years later, he was chosen to be 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, after the resignation of Håkan Juholt, it was widely reported that he was being considered to be appointed the next Chairman of the Party. On 27 January 2012, he was subsequently elected as Chairman in a party-room ballot, therefore becoming the Leader of the Opposition.
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- Stenberg, Ewa (26 January 2012). "Jag kommer att vara jätteglad att fortsätta bygga". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Källor till SvD: Löfven ny S-ledare". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 26 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Positiva reaktioner på Löfven". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
|Leader of the Opposition
|Party political offices|
|Chair of the Social Democratic Worker's Party
|Non-profit organisation positions|
|Chairman of IF Metall