Magdalena Andersson – Sweden’s first female prime minister

Andersson, 54, replaces Stefan Löfven, who recently stepped down as both the country’s premier and as leader of the Social Democrats party.

All Nordic countries except Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Norway and Finland have elected women as their national leaders.

Andersson was preceded as prime minister by 33 men. According to her CV, she was previously the Deputy Director General for the Swedish Tax Agency. Swedish government website.

She holds a master’s in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics. Since 2014, she has served as Sweden’s finance minister.

According to Sweden’s Twitter account, she is also the second woman to lead the center-left Social Democrats party.

Ann Linde, the Swedish foreign affairs minister, was among the first to felicitate Andersson. She commented on Twitter that “no doubt” she would “continue being remarkable.”

Major hurdles already

Andersson was approved by parliament after reaching a last minute deal with the Left Party. But her grip on power remains fragile because of the The political landscape of Nordic countries is fragmented.

Her predecessor Löfven governed by performing a complex juggling act to secure support from both the Left and Center parties in parliament, even though they are not part of the coalition government.

However, the Center Party is not happy with the agreement with the Left Party. It has indicated that it will not support Andersson’s government during a vote to approve a bill on finance proposed by three parties. The vote could be held as early as 10:00 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Annie Loof, Center Party leader, stated that she could not support a budget coming from a government moving too far to the left.

Andersson will now have to govern on spending priorities that are determined by the center right.

Löfven, who stepped down earlier this month to give Andersson a chance to boost support for the party before a general election in September next year, said he would not continue if he lost the budget vote.

Andersson is not likely to be able to consolidate her power and solve the budget crisis.

Many suburbs of Stockholm and other major cities are plagued by gang violence and shootings.

Covid-19’s pandemic revealed gaps in the well-respected welfare system. The death rate in Sweden is much higher than that in neighbouring Nordic countries. If the government wants to achieve its climate change goals, it must accelerate the transition to a “green economy”.