Per Erik Gunnar Westerberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈpæːr ²vɛstɛrˌbærj]; born 2 August 1951) is a Swedish politician who was Speaker of the Riksdag from 2006 to 2014. He was a Member of the Riksdag from 1979 to 2014, its most senior member from 2006 to his resignation (see Father of the House). He was Sweden's Minister for Industry and Trade from 1991 to 1994.
Per Westerberg in 2015
|Speaker of the Riksdag|
2 October 2006 – 29 September 2014
|Monarch||King Carl XVI Gustaf|
|Preceded by||Björn von Sydow|
|Succeeded by||Urban Ahlin|
|Minister for Industry and Trade|
4 October 1991 – 7 October 1994
|Prime Minister||Carl Bildt|
|Preceded by||Rune Molin|
|Succeeded by||Sten Heckscher|
|Member of the Riksdag|
for Södermanland County
|Succeeded by||Erik Bengtzboe|
|Born||2 August 1951|
|Political party||Moderate Party|
|Alma mater||Stockholm School of Economics|
Westerberg was born in Nyköping and graduated from Stockholm School of Economics in 1974. From 1974 to 1977, Westerberg was employed at Saab-Scania in Södertälje. Westerberg was employed at Saab-Scania (the car division) in Nyköping 1979-91, member of the board of AB Karl W. Olsson in 1974, Chairman of Cewe Instrument AB 1984-90 and Elwia AB from 1985. He was director of the Enterprise Agency FFV from 1983, member of the Power Management Committee 1978-82, member of the cooperative inquiry 1980-83, member of the inquiry for the recovery of beverage containers etc. 1982-83, and the ownership investigation from 1985. His family has been running a family business for generations.
Party political careerEdit
He was secretary of the Moderate Youth from 1976 to 1978 and political secretary of the Moderate Party from 1978 to 1979. Westerberg became vice chairman of the Moderate Party's county Södermanland in 1977 and was Union Secretary of the Moderate Youth League from 1977 to 78 as well as regional chairman in Nyköping 1979.
Member of the RiksdagEdit
Per Westerberg is an ordinary Member of the Riksdag since 1979 and was previously a deputy in 1977 and 1978. He was alternate member of the Finance Committee 1979-82, the Industry and Trade Committee 1979-82 (member 1982-85) and the Labour Market Committee from 1985.
Per Westerberg was the longest serving member by his departure from the Riksdag. He also served as Alderman of age after the 2006 general election before he was elected Speaker. During the Speaker election in 2006 was, however, the MP who spent the second longest time in the Riksdag (Social Democrat Margareta Israelsson) acting Alderman because Westerberg in this election was himself disqualified.
Speaker of the RiksdagEdit
In 2003 he was elected as first of the three Vice Speakers of the Riksdag, and on October 2, 2006 he was elected Speaker of the Riksdag by the new liberal-conservative majority, defeating incumbent Björn von Sydow. On October 4, 2010 he was dramatically re-elected as Speaker of the Riksdag, by a 194-153 vote (with 20 votes in favor being from the Sweden Democrats, whose potential decisiveness to his re-election had been viewed as controversial).
- Bulgaria: Commander of the Order of the Balkan Mountains
- Estonia: Grand Cross of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
- Finland: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose
- Greece: Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix
- Luxembourg: Knight Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
- Per Westerberg on the Riksdag website
- Om Per Westerberg Sveriges Riksdags webbplats
- Även Nationalencyklopedin har fel Svenska Dagbladet, 23 November 2009
- Margareta Israelsson (s) (5 October 2006). "Fru tjänstgörande ålderspresident!". www.s-info.se. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012.
- Karin Johansson (2 October 2006). Sydsvenska Dagbladet Snällposten http://sydsvenskan.se/sverige/article187274.ece. Missing or empty
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- Per Westerberg ny talman i riksdagen Sveriges Radio, 2 October 2006
- Per Westerberg fortsätter som talman Svenska Dagbladet, 4 October 2010
- wearing Bulgarian and Luxembourgoise honours
- wearing Bulgarian, Estonian and Luxembourgoise honours
- wearing Finnish and Luxembourgoise honours
| Member of the Riksdag for Södermanland County
| Minister for Industry
as Minister for Enterprise
as Minister for Industry
| Minister for Enterprise
Björn von Sydow
| Speaker of the Riksdag
| Father of the House
|Order of precedence|
Björn von Sydow
as former Speaker
|Swedish order of precedence||Succeeded by|
as former Prime Minister