C.-H. Hermansson

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C.-H. Hermansson in 2003
Photo: Emma Jones

Carl-Henrik "C.-H." Hermansson (14 December 1917 – 26 July 2016) was a Swedish politician. He was born in Bollnäs. He was chairman of the Communist Party of Sweden (during his leadership renamed to the Left Party – Communists) from 1964 to 1975 and member of parliament from 1963 to 1985. He was a major force in redirecting the Left Party Communists policies away from Moscow loyalism towards Eurocommunism and Scandinavian Popular Socialism.[1] He wrote several books regarding capitalism and the owners of the large corporations, as well as on communists and the policies of the left.

At the time of Joseph Stalin's death in 1953, Hermansson praised Stalin as a brilliant scientist and a great leader. He subsequently regretted this and referred to his own words about Stalin as reprehensible.[2] Hermansson died on 26 July 2016 at the age of 98.[3]


  1. ^ "C H Hermansson". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Malmö: NE Nationalencyclopedin AB. 
  2. ^ Eriksson, Karin (27 July 2016). ""Han sa högt vad många partiledare mumlat tyst"" (in Swedish). 
  3. ^ "CH Hermansson har avlidit". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 27 July 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

Schmidt, W. 2005. C.H. Hermansson: En politisk biografi. Stockholm: Leopard förlag.

Preceded by
Hilding Hagberg
Leader of the Swedish Left Party – Communists
Succeeded by
Lars Werner