Jonas Sjöstedt

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Jonas Sjöstedt
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Jonas Sjöstedt speaking at the International Workers' Day March of the Swedish Left Party in Gothenburg 2019
Leader of the Left Party
Assumed office
6 January 2012
Preceded byLars Ohly
Member of the Swedish Parliament
for Västerbotten County
Assumed office
Member of the European Parliament
for Sweden
In office
9 October 1995 – 26 September 2006
Personal details
Born (1964-12-25) 25 December 1964 (age 55)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Political partyLeft Party
Other political
Sjöstedt presenting himself at the Gothenburg book fair 2012

Jonas Sjöstedt (born 25 December 1964) is a Swedish politician who is the current chairman of the Left Party since 2012, and a former metalworker.[1][2] He is also a member of the Swedish parliament since 2010.

Sjöstedt was born in Gothenburg, and became politically active as a union leader in the Volvo plant in the city of Umeå in the early 1990s. Opposed to Swedish membership of the European Union, he was elected Member of the European Parliament in 1995 for the Left Party as part of the European United Left-Nordic Green Left, until he stood down in September 2006. He was elected as a member in the Parliament of Sweden in 2010, representing Västerbotten. In the election, he was placed number one on the Left Party list (which generally receives one representative in this constituency), and was elected in a personal landslide of one third of all preference votes (a plurality above 8% being sufficient for a one seat-party).[3]

In January 2020, Sjöstedt announced his intention to resign as the Left Party's leader at their congress in May, saying he wants to spend more time with his family who is currently living in Vietnam. [4]

Living in New York City from 2006 to 2010, Sjöstedt is also a member of the Socialist Party USA. He writes for Swedish leftist publications, radio, and print columns, as well as works of history and fiction. He is married to Swedish diplomat Ann Måwe, part of the Swedish delegation to the United Nations.


  1. ^ Riksdagsförvaltningen. "Jonas Sjöstedt (V) –". Archived from the original on 14 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  2. ^ "De ska leda Vänsterpartiet" (Press release) (in Swedish). Left Party. 6 January 2012. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Sjöstedt to be new Left Party leader – Radio Sweden – Sveriges Radio". Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Jonas Sjöstedt avgår – ställer inte upp för omval" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Retrieved 15 January 2020.

External links[edit]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Lars Ohly
Chairperson of the Left Party