|Minister for Defence|
|Preceded by||Roine Carlsson|
|Succeeded by||Thage G. Peterson|
|Vice Speaker of the Riksdag|
|Preceded by||Stig Alemyr|
|Succeeded by||Per Westerberg|
|Governor of Uppsala County|
19 September 1944 |
Nässjö, Jönköping County
|Political party||Moderate Party|
Björck was born in Nässjö and was interested in politics from an early stage. He was national chairman of the Moderate Youth League, or the Rightist Youth League (Högerns ungdomsförbund) as it was known at the time of his election. He was the first truly young - only 21 - chairman of the Youth League - his predecessor was 35 years old. Before that he served as national chairman of the Conservative School Youth, today known as the Moderate School Youth, from 1961 to 1963.
In 1968, aged only 22, he was elected to the Riksdag for the Rightist Party (Högerpartiet) which became the Moderate Party in 1969.
In 1989 he was elected president of the Council of Europe and served until 1991, when the Moderate Party won the election and Carl Bildt was allowed to form a government. He was appointed Minister for Defence. When the Moderates lost the 1994 election he became vice speaker of the Riksdag, a position he held until 2002.
Björck was known to belong to the so-called "Bunker gang", a group of politicians and advisors forming the inner circle around party leader Carl Bildt.
Anders Björck has continued to speak up on political issues from time to time. He remains rather Conservative, compared to other Moderates, and has on numerous occasions spoken up against what he perceives as the growing influence of liberalism in the Moderate Party.
|Swedish Minister for Defence
Thage G. Peterson
|Vice Speaker of the Riksdag
|Governor of Uppsala County