Stefan Löfven has been the Prime Minister of Sweden since 2014, and the leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party since 2012.
Mr. Löfven has been a member of the Social Democrats since the age of 13 and was active in SSU, the youth league, in his teens. After completing his compulsory military service in the Swedish Air Force at the Jämtland Air Force Wing, Mr. Löfven began his career in 1978 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. He became chair of the Swedish Industrial and Metal Workers’ Union (IF Metall) in 2006. Mr. Löfven was elected to the executive board of the Social Democrats in 2006, shortly after becoming chairman of trade union IF Metall.
Mr. Löfven has been involved in trade union activities at local, national and international level. Recently, Mr. Löfven has been co-chair of the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work, together with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Mr. Löfven is the initiator of the Global Deal for Decent Work and Inclusive Growth and is a HeForShe Impact Champion for gender equality.