Fredrik Reinfeldt (Sweden)

Fredrik Reinfeldt (Sweden)

Former Prime Minister of Sweden

Synopsis

A key figure in Swedish politics for over two decades, Fredrik led the centre-right Moderate Party for 12 years, and served as Prime Minister for eight. He was also President of the European Council. An economist by background, he is credited with steering Sweden through the financial crisis and balancing economic growth with healthcare, climate, employment and debt priorities.

Biography

Fredrik Reinfeldt, has been active in Swedish and international politics for over 25 years. He was Prime Minister of Sweden between 2006 and 2014, and chairman of the centre-right Moderate Party from 2003 to 2015. He has been a member of the European Council and was the last President of the Council before the introduction of a full-time President.

After studying economics, Fredrik entered politics and became an MP, becoming leader of the Moderate Party just over a decade later. In his first general election as leader he was noted for building a credible coalition of centre-right parties that were previously notorious for their divisions. Holding the group together he was elected one of Sweden’s youngest ever Prime Ministers.

Under Fredrik’s leadership, the Moderate Party transformed its policies and he and the centre-right alliance went on to win an unprecedented three elections. During his time as Prime Minister Sweden transformed its economy and its labour market in part in response to the global financial crisis. Sweden emerged as Europe’s strongest economy in the aftermath. They created more than 300,000 jobs, and became one the world leaders in public finances, economic growth, climate and healthcare. It became the only EU country to lower its national debt during the crisis.

After leaving politics, Fredrik has advised and lectured around the world on the economy, government, and European and Nordic politics. He continues to promote his ideas around job creation and is chairman of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, a body designed to encourage good governance in oil, gas and mining sectors.

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