Göran Hägglund

Bo Göran Hägglund (born 27 January 1959) is a Swedish politician of the Christian Democrats. He was Leader of the Christian Democrats from 2004 to 2015, Member of the Riksdag from 1991 to 2015, and served as Minister for Social Affairs from 2006 to 2014.

Göran Hägglund
Göran Hägglund, 2013-09-09 08.jpg
Leader of the Christian Democrats
In office
3 April 2004 – 25 April 2015
DeputyMaria Larsson
Preceded byAlf Svensson
Succeeded byEbba Busch
Minister for Social Affairs
In office
6 October 2006 – 3 October 2014
Prime MinisterFredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded byBerit Andnor
Succeeded byGabriel Wikström
Member of the Riksdag
In office
30 September 1991 – 25 April 2015
ConstituencyHalland County
Father of the House
In office
1 January 2015 – 25 April 2015
Preceded byPer Westerberg
Succeeded byKrister Örnfjäder
Personal details
Born (1959-01-27) 27 January 1959 (age 61)
Degerfors, Sweden
Political partyChristian Democrat

Early life and political careerEdit

Hägglund's parents are originally from Finland: they moved to Sweden in the 1950s.[1] He was born in Degerfors in central Sweden, but moved to Jönköping, a Christian Democratic stronghold, with his family in 1978.

He started his political career in the Christian Democratic youth organisation. From 1978 he was employed by the party, first as ombudsman for the local Christian Democratic Youth, and from 1981 for the regional party branch. From 1982 to 1986 he was also a member of the Municipal Council in Jönköping.

Following the 1985 elections, he began work as parliamentary secretary for the Christian Democrats. He temporarily left politics in 1988, to start working for an insurance company. In the parliamentary elections of 1991 he was elected a Member of Parliament.

Hägglund became the Riksdag's Father of the House on 1 January 2015, being the eldest among those first elected in 1991.

Party leaderEdit

Hägglund was generally considered to be long-time party leader Alf Svensson's personal favourite as a successor. However, when Svensson announced his plans to step down, two other candidates, Maria Larsson and Mats Odell, had the support of a greater number of regional party organisations. Not even Hägglund's own Jönköping district stood behind him. Eventually, however, all Hägglund's possible contenders withdrew from the race, and his election as party leader on 3 April 2004 was unanimous.[2]

Prior to the Swedish general election in 2006 Hägglund's Christian Democrats formed a closer alliance with the three other centre-right parties in Sweden, under the name Alliance for Sweden. After their victory in the elections, Fredrik Reinfeldt of the Moderate Party was asked by the Speaker of the Riksdag to form a new government. Following negotiations between the leaders of the parties in the Alliance for Sweden, Göran Hägglund was named Minister for Social Affairs on 6 October 2006.

In the autumn of 2011 he was challenged for the post of party leader by colleague Mats Odell. In an extra congress held on 28 January 2012, Odell's challenge failed and Hägglund retained the party leadership.

During a party rally in Gothenburg in 2014, Hägglund was hit with a pie by a LGBT anarchist.[3][4]

On 29 January 2015, Hägglund announced that he would step down as party leader at an extra party congress on 25 April. Ebba Busch Thor was elected the new party leader at that congress.[5]

Minister for Social AffairsEdit

Hägglund was appointed Minister for Social Affairs on 6 October 2006 by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

As minister, Hägglund enforced several reforms including the reform of the health insurance system which became a highly controversial reform. Hägglund also implemented municipal allowance which replaced the former state allowance. The pharmacy monopoly was abolished on 1 July 2009, and the alcohol law was liberalized in 2010. Deduction for household services, so-called RUT deduction was introduced in 2007 as well as the legislation of same-sex marriages in 2009. The bill was supported by all parties except the Christian Democrats and one member of the Center Party.[6][7]

Personal lifeEdit

Hägglund grew up in the Pentecostal movement, but is now a member of the Church of Sweden. He is married and has two children.[8]


  1. ^ Mångfalden är ”en legitimitetsfråga” (in Swedish) Svenska Dagbladet
  2. ^ Världen idag. "Göran Hägglund: Det handlar om vem som äger makten över tillvaron - Världen idag - världen ur ett kristet perspektiv". Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Göran Hägglund attackerad med tårta". Sveriges Television (in Swedish). August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Christian Democrat leader attacked with cake". The Local. August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Sveriges Radio. "Ebba Busch Thor to lead the Christian Democrats". Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Sweden to allow gay marriage in May". The Local. AFP. 21 January 2009.
  7. ^ Government Splits Over Gay Marriage
  8. ^ "Why Sweden's election oozes uncertainty - The Local". Retrieved 13 September 2014.

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Party political offices
New office Group Leader of the Christian Democrats in the Swedish Riksdag
Succeeded by
Stefan Attefall
Preceded by
Anders Andersson
Second Deputy Party Leader of the Christian Democrats
Succeeded by
Mats Odell
Preceded by
Alf Svensson
Leader of the Christian Democrats
2004 – 2015
Succeeded by
Ebba Busch Thor
Political offices
Preceded by
Berit Andnor
Head of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Succeeded by
Annika Strandhäll
Preceded by
Berit Andnor
Minister for Social Affairs
Succeeded by
Gabriel Wikström (as Minister for Public Health, Healthcare and Sports)
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Per Westerberg
Father of the House
Succeeded by
Krister Örnfjäder