Goran Persson

Goran Persson | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Goran Persson | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Former Swedish Prime Minister, Finance Minister
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Goran Persson | Speaker Biography

Göran Persson is a former Swedish politician who served as prime minister from 1996 to 2006 and led the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP) from 1996 to 2007. He studied at the University College of Örebro and was active in the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League. Persson served in the Swedish Riksdag from 1979 to 1984 and returned in 1991. He held various positions within the SAP, including serving as minister of finance from 1994 to 1996 and being a member of the executive committee from 1993 to 1996.

In 1996, Persson became the leader of the SAP and Sweden's prime minister in a minority government. His tenure saw efforts to reduce budget deficits and lower unemployment rates. Despite the SAP winning only a third of the votes in the 1998 elections, the party formed a coalition and continued policies of economic reform. Sweden assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union (EU) for the first six months of 2001, with Persson focusing on expanded EU membership, environmental protection, and reducing unemployment. In 2002, the SAP won a plurality of votes in legislative elections, allowing Persson to begin his third term as prime minister.

Persson advocated for Sweden to adopt the euro, the currency of the EU, but this proposal was rejected in a 2003 referendum. He served as prime minister until October 2006, when a coalition of centrist and conservative parties narrowly defeated the SAP. Persson resigned as leader of the SAP in 2007 and has since worked as a consultant for the Stockholm-based PR firm JKL. He has also been involved in various other roles, including becoming chairman of the board of Sveaskog in 2008.

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