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Stefan Löfven

Stefan Löfven
33rd Prime Minister of Sweden
Assumed office
3 October 2014
Monarch Carl XVI Gustaf
Deputy Åsa Romson
Preceded by Fredrik Reinfeldt
Leader of the
Swedish Social Democratic Party
Assumed office
27 January 2012
Preceded by Håkan Juholt
Chairperson of IF Metall
In office
1 January 2006 – 27 January 2012
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Anders Ferbe
Personal details
Born Kjell Stefan Löfven
(1957-07-21) 21 July 1957
Stockholm, Sweden
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Ulla Löfvén (2003-present)
Residence Sager House
Alma mater Umeå University

Kjell Stefan Löfven (Swedish pronunciation: ; born 21 July 1957) is a Swedish politician who has been Prime Minister of Sweden since 3 October 2014.[1] He is also Leader of the Social Democratic Party since 2012.

He had worked as a welder before becoming an active trade unionist and rising to lead the powerful IF Metall from 2006 to 2012.[2][3]

Löfven led the Social Democratic Party to election victory in the September 2014 election by carrying 31 percent of the vote. Löfven announced on election night that he would form a center-left minority coalition government with the Green Party. The government's budget was defeated by the center-right Alliance for Sweden and the far-right Sweden Democrats in the Riksdag less than three months later, in December 2014, causing Löfven to call for fresh elections on March 22, 2015.[4]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Trade unionist 2
  • Political career 3
    • Prime minister 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and education

Kjell Stefan Löfven was born in Stockholm, on 21 July 1957. He was placed in an orphanage 10 months after his birth. Löfven was later looked after by a foster family from Sunnersta, Sollefteå. According to the agreement with this family, his birth mother would regain custody of him when she was able to; however, this did not happen. After meeting his brother, Stefan found out that his last name is spelled Löfven, although he prefers to spell it as Löfvén, and this is how it appears in the Swedish population register.[5] His foster father Ture Melander (1926–2003) was a lumberjack and then a factory worker, while his foster mother, Iris Melander, worked as a health visitor.[6] He studied at Sollefteå High School before going on a welding course for 48 weeks at AMU in Kramfors. Löfven studied social work at Umeå University, but ended his studies early after a year and a half.[5]

Trade unionist

Löfven began his career in 1979 as a welder at Hägglunds in Örnsköldsvik. Two years later, he was chosen as the group's union representative, and went on to hold a succession of union posts. In 1995, he started as an employed ombudsman in the Swedish Metalworkers' Union, working in the areas of contract negotiations and international affairs. In 2001, he was elected vice-chairman of the Metalworkers' Union, and in November 2005 was elected to be the first Chairman of the newly formed IF Metall.[2]

Political career

Löfven was first elected to the executive board of the Swedish Social Democratic Party in 2006, shortly after he became Chairman of IF Metall. In January 2012, following the resignation of Håkan Juholt, it was reported that Löfven was being considered as his successor as Leader.[7][8][9] On 27 January 2012, Löfven was subsequently elected Leader in a party-room ballot, therefore becoming the Leader of the Opposition.[10][11]

Prime minister

Löfven led his party through the 14 September 2014 general election.[12] On 2 October 2014, the Swedish Parliament approved Löfven as the country's 33rd Prime Minister.[13] On 3 December 2014 Löfven's budget was voted down by the centre-right opposition Alliance for Sweden and the far-right Sweden Democrats and as a consequence, he announced on the same day that a fresh election will be held on 22 March 2015.[14]


  1. ^ "Swedish parliament confirms Social Democrat's Lofven as new PM." Reuters. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Ordförandens sida" (in Swedish).  
  3. ^ "Trade Union leader new chairman of the Social Democrats - Stockholm News". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Sweden election called by Lofven after parliament defeat BBC News, 3 December 2014
  5. ^ a b Holmberg, Elin (26 January 2012). """Stefan Löfven: "Sörvåge är hemma. (in Swedish). Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Sveriges dödbok 1901-2009 [Swedish death index 1901-2009] (in Swedish) (Version 5.0 ed.). Solna: Sveriges släktforskarförbund. 2010.  
  7. ^ Stenberg, Ewa (26 January 2012). "Jag kommer att vara jätteglad att fortsätta bygga".  
  8. ^ "Källor till SvD: Löfven ny S-ledare".  
  9. ^ "Election hopeful Stefan Löfven aims to return Sweden to the left". Financial Times. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Positiva reaktioner på Löfven".  
  11. ^ Richard Orange. "Tough on finance, tough on migrants: how Stefan Löfven brought Sweden's left in from the cold". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sweden Social Democrats will end tax cuts if they win election - Reuters". Reuters. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sverige har fått en ny statsminister". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Just nu: Regeringskrisen fortsätter". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 

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Non-profit organisation positions
New office Chairperson of IF Metall
Succeeded by
Anders Ferbe
Party political offices
Preceded by
Håkan Juholt
Leader of the
Swedish Social Democratic Party

Political offices
Preceded by
Fredrik Reinfeldt
Prime Minister of Sweden
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Urban Ahlin
as Speaker of the Riksdag
Swedish order of precedence Succeeded by
Svante Lindqvist
as Marshal of the Realm
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