Elisabeth Svantesson

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Elisabeth Svantesson
Elisabeth Svantesson Minister for Employment of Sweden 2013.jpg
Minister for Employment
In office
17 September 2013 – 3 October 2014
Prime MinisterFredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded byHillevi Engström
Succeeded byYlva Johansson
Member of the Riksdag
Assumed office
2 October 2006
ConstituencyÖrebro County
Personal details
Born (1967-10-26) 26 October 1967 (age 51)
Lycksele, Västerbotten County
Political partyModerate Party
Alma materÖrebro University
ProfessionUniversity teacher, economist

Karin Elisabeth Svantesson (born Lundin 26 October 1967) is a Swedish politician of the Moderate Party. She has served as spokesperson for the Moderate Party's economical policy since 2017 and as second deputy leader of her party since 2015.

From 2013 to 2014, Svantesson served as Minister for Employment.[1] She has been an Member of the Riksdag since 2006, representing Örebro County.


Svantesson studied economy at Örebro University between 1987-1991. Prior to being elected to the Swedish Riksdag, she was a university teacher and doctoral. She holds a economics licentiate from 2006.

Svantesson was elected to the Swedish Riksdag in the 2006 general election. In the Riksdag, she became an ordinary member of the Labour Market Committee and a deputy member of the Enterprise Committee. In October 2009 she also became deputy member of the Finance Committee and in November 2009 she became an ordinary member of the board of the Swedish National Audit Office. She retained her seat in the 2010 general election and from 2010 she was an ordinary member of the Finance Committee until 2012 when she became chairman of the Labour Market Committee.

On 17 September 2013, she was appointed Minister for Employment by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Following defeat in 2014, she returned to the Riksdag where she became deputy chair of the Committee on Social Insurance. On 11 December 2014, Svantesson was appointed spokesperson for employment policies of the Moderate Party and deputy chair of the Committee on Employment.[2] On 17 December 2014, she was nominated to become second deputy leader of the Moderate Party.

Personal life[edit]

Svantesson is married, has three sons, and lives in Örebro, Örebro County.[3]

Earlier in her life she was a member of the Livets Ord, the largest parish within the Swedish Word of Faith Movement and as her father was a pastor, she also attended Odenslundskyrkan, a local church of Equmeniakyrkan, whereas he served at the time she lived in Östersund. She has also been a member of the anti-abortion movement ‘Yes to Life’. When appointed, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt stressed that her previous religious choices had nothing to do with her new job.[4]


  1. ^ "Svantesson becomes new Minister for Employment". Dagens Nyheter. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  2. ^ Svantesson become new employment policy spokesperson
  3. ^ "Elisabeth Svantesson on VALPEJL.se". SVT. 2010. Archived from the original on 21 March 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Elisabeth Svantesson is Sweden's new Minister for Employment". Nordic Labour Journal. 0810. Retrieved 18 November 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Beatrice Ask
Second Deputy Leader of the Moderate Party
Preceded by
Ulf Kristersson
Spokesperson for the Moderate Party's economical policy
Political offices
Preceded by
Hillevi Engström
Minister for Employment
Succeeded by
Ylva Johansson