Ulf Kristersson

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Ulf Kristersson
Ulf Kristersson in 2018 Swedish general election, 2018.jpg
Ulf Kristersson in February 2018
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
1 October 2017
Monarch Carl XVI Gustaf
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Preceded by Anna Kinberg Batra
Leader of the Moderate Party
Assumed office
1 October 2017
Deputy Peter Danielsson
Party Secretary Gunnar Strömmer
Preceded by Anna Kinberg Batra
Minister for Social Security
In office
5 October 2010 – 3 October 2014
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by Cristina Husmark Pehrsson
Succeeded by Annika Strandhäll
Chairman of the Moderate Youth League
In office
26 November 1988 – 24 October 1992
Preceded by Beatrice Ask
Succeeded by Fredrik Reinfeldt
Member of the Riksdag
Assumed office
4 October 2014
Constituency Södermanland County
In office
3 October 1994 – 30 April 2000
Constituency Stockholm Municipality
Personal details
Born Ulf Hjalmar Kristersson
(1963-12-29) 29 December 1963 (age 54)
Lund, Sweden
Political party Moderate Party
Other political
Spouse(s) Birgitta Ed (m. 1991)
Children 3
Alma mater Uppsala University
Website Official website

Ulf Hjalmar Kristersson (born 29 December 1963) is a Swedish Moderate Party politician who has served as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Moderate Party since October 2017. He has been a Member of the Riksdag (MP) for Södermanland County since 2014 and previously from 1994 to 2000 for Stockholm County. He previously served as Minister for Social Security from 2010 to 2014 and Chairman of the Moderate Youth League from 1988 to 1992.[1]

On 11 December 2014, he was appointed Shadow Finance Minister of the Moderate Party and economic policy spokesperson. On 1 September 2017, Kristersson announced he was running for the party leadership of the Moderate Party after Anna Kinberg Batra stepped down.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Ulf Kristersson was born in Lund, Skåne, to Lars Kristersson (1938–2015) and Karin Kristersson.[3] The family moved to Torshälla outside Eskilstuna five years later.[4] In his youth Ulf Kristersson was a troupe gymnast.[5] Kristersson finished secondary school at S:t Eskils gymnasium in Eskilstuna and completed a degree in economics at Uppsala University. [6]

In connection with the general election of 1985, he was employed as a campaigner at MUF in Sörmland.[7] On 26 November 1988, he rose to become new Chairman of MUF succeeding Beatrice Ask.[8] In 1991, the centre-right Bildt Cabinet took power and soon Kristersson become a vocal critic of the government’s crisis agreement with the Social Democrats. In 1992, he was challenged as chairman by Fredrik Reinfeldt, who is the former leader of the Moderate Party.[9] The congress was preceded by considerable ideological divisions between Libertarians and Conservatives. All this erupted at the congress in Lycksele, which came to be known as the Battle of Lycksele. Kristersson, the Libertarian alternative, lost narrowly. It is said that his loss caused his withdrawal from front-line politics and he was subsequently known as part of "Lost Generation" of the Moderate Party.[10]

In 1991, Kristersson became a Member of the Riksdag (MP).[11] He served in the Social Security Committee. He developed a friendship with the former party leader, Gösta Bohman, who in some respects also supported his criticism of the Bildt Cabinet.[12] From 1995 to 1998, Kristersson was chief of marketing at Timbro. Kristersson left politics in April 2000, feeling that the new party leader Bo Lundgren declined his services.[13] Kristersson worked for two years in the private sector, but returned to active politics in 2002 as Commissioner for Finance in Eskilstuna.[4] In 2006, he was appointed Vice Mayor (Socialborgarråd) in Stockholm responsible for the social welfare and labour division.[3] Kristersson was also asked by Fredrik Reinfeldt to lead the committee responsible for developing a new family policy for the party.[10] He immediately caused controversy by suggesting that fathers must take a month of paternity leave for the family to receive all benefits.[4] This was clearly in conflict with traditional Moderate Party policy, which has centred on individual choice.[4]

Minister of Social Security and Shadow Finance Minister[edit]

On 5 October 2010, Fredrik Reinfeldt appointed Kristersson to became Minister of Social Security, a position he held for four years.[14] In 2014, the Reinfeldt cabinet resigned and Kristersson became a Member of the Riksdag (MP) again.[15] Following the election of Anna Kinberg Batra as Moderate leader and Opposition leader, she appointed him as Shadow Finance Minister in December 2014.[16]

Party Leader of Moderate Party[edit]

Anna Kinberg Batra resigned as leader of the Moderate Party on 25 August 2017.[17] On 1 September 2017, Kristersson publicly decided to run for leadership. He became Party Leader on 1 October 2017. The party saw a sharp increase in support in the polls, compared to the record low numbers under his predecessor Batra.[18][17] He has a harsher stance against immigration than his predecessors.[19]


  1. ^ "Kristersson blir M:s nya Borg". 11 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Kristersson kandiderar till M-ledare Published 1 September 2017
  3. ^ a b Ahlander, Johan. "Sweden needs 'humble government' after election: frontrunner". Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Kristersson vill bli Moderatledare". 1 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  5. ^ [1] Published 1 September 2017
  6. ^ "Ulf Kristersson fjärde raka civilekonomen som styr Moderaterna". www.civilekonomen.se. Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  7. ^ [TT: Nyvald ordförande kritiserar borgerlig trepartisamverkan ] Published 26 November 1988
  8. ^ Nyheter, SVT (3 September 2017). "Så stred Kristersson och Reinfeldt om makten i Muf". Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  9. ^ "Who is Sweden's Moderate opposition leader Ulf Kristersson?". 3 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  10. ^ a b "Så ska Löfven och Kristersson agera – efter valet". Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  11. ^ Nyheter, SVT (20 September 2017). "Ulf Kristersson (M): Det måste du ha läst i en kommunistblaska". Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  12. ^ [2] Published 18 September 1992
  13. ^ [3] Published 30 September 2017
  14. ^ "Ulf Kristersson blir ny minister i Reinfeldts regering - Val 2010 - Expressen". Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  15. ^ Riksdagsförvaltningen. "Ulf Kristersson (M) - Riksdagen". www.riksdagen.se. Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  16. ^ "Han blir Moderaternas skuggfinansminister". Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  17. ^ a b "Ex-gymnast opposition leader must be nimble to win in Sweden". 9 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018. 
  18. ^ "Novus: Moderaterna ökar". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  19. ^ "Swedish opposition wants thougher stance". Financial Times. Retrieved 9 September 2018. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Ulf Kristersson at Wikimedia Commons

Party political offices
Preceded by
Beatrice Ask
Chairperson of the Moderate Youth League
Succeeded by
Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by
Anders Borg
Spokesperson for the Moderate Party's economical policy
Succeeded by
Elisabeth Svantesson
Preceded by
Anna Kinberg Batra
Leader of the Moderate Party
Political offices
Preceded by
Cristina Husmark Pehrsson
Minister for Social Security
Succeeded by
Annika Strandhäll