Carin Jämtin

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Carin Jämtin
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Party secretary of the Social Democrats
In office
26 March 2011 – 27 August 2016
Party leader Håkan Juholt
Stefan Löfven
Preceded by Ibrahim Baylan
Succeeded by Lena Baastad
Minister for International
Development Cooperation
In office
10 October 2003 – 6 October 2006
Prime Minister Göran Persson
Preceded by Jan O. Karlsson
Succeeded by Gunilla Carlsson
Member of the Riksdag
In office
29 September 2014 – 28 May 2017
Constituency Stockholm Municipality
In office
7 October 2006 – 21 December 2006
Constituency Stockholm Municipality
Personal details
Born (1964-08-03) 3 August 1964 (age 54)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political party Swedish Social Democratic Party

Carin Jämtin (born 3 August 1964 in Stockholm) is a Swedish civil servant and former politician. She is the Director General of the Swedish International Development Agency since 2017. She served as party secretary of the Social Democrats from March 2011 until her resignation in August 2016 and previously served as Minister for International Development Cooperation in the Swedish Government between 2003 and 2006. She was a Member of the Riksdag from 2014 to 2017, representing Stockholm Municipality.

On 16 August 2016, Jämtin announced her intention to resign as party secretary in order to fulfill her position as Member of the Riksdag.[1]

Early career[edit]

She has briefly studied at Stockholm University, without obtaining any degree. She began her political career in the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League, and was a board member of the organization from 1990 to 1992, thereafter serving as treasurer and acting secretary. Prior to her appointment in 2003, she worked as the Deputy Secretary General of the Olof Palme International Center.


At the general election in September 2006, she was elected to the Riksdag, i.e. member of parliament. Only a month later, in October 2006, she was elected Leader of the Opposition in the City Council of Stockholm.[2] She decided to keep her seat in parliament for at least two months, citing her desire to fight for proposals made by Social-Democrats from Stockholm. While Carin Jämtin was one of the favourites to succeed Göran Persson as leader of the Social Democrats at the party's next congress in March 2007, her retention of the seat in parliament fuelled speculation that she might run for party leadership. It is generally considered that the next Social Democratic leader should be a member of parliament.

On 23 November 2006, Sweden's biggest newspaper Aftonbladet (independently social-democratic), endorsed her as party leader,[3] but she declined running.

Views on Israel-Palestine conflict[edit]

During a visit to Israel and the West Bank in 2005 Jämtin called the wall between the two "Crazy and sick" and that she felt that a two state solution is impossible because of Israels actions, and that if Israel wants to build a wall it should do so in its own territory.[4] The comments received a lot of commentary from media in Sweden.[4] In September 2011, Jämtin along with Urban Ahlin voiced their support for a Swedish recognition of a Palestinian state.[5]


  1. ^ Carin Jämtin lämnar över stafettpinnen (in Swedish)
  2. ^ "Jämtin ny s-ledare i Stockholm", Sveriges Radio Eko, 10 October 2006.
  3. ^ "Välj Jämtin", Aftonbladet, 23 November 2006.
  4. ^ a b Tweet Stefan Hjertén, TT (11 June 2012). "Israels mur upprör Jämtin | Utrikes | SvD" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  5. ^ Tweet. "Ett erkännande skulle sätta press på Israel | SvD" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-08-12. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Ibrahim Baylan
Party Secretary of the Social Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Lena Baastad
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan O. Karlsson
Minister for International Development Cooperation
Succeeded by
Gunilla Carlsson