Magdalena Andersson (54) had been elected as Sweden’s first female prime minister, again! She will be joining this list of female presidents around the world.

On 24 November 2021, Andersson had been elected as prime minister but chose to resign after an announcement by her coalition partner, the Green Party, that they were leaving the government in response to losing the annual budget vote in the Riksdag to the conservative opposition. It is typical that the prime minister in Sweden is expected to resign if a coalition party leaves government. However, a week later, the Riksdag elected Andersson again as prime minister of Sweden.

She studied at the Stockholm School of Economics, where she graduated in 1992 with a master’s degree in economics. Andersson also studied at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna. In the spring of 1995, she studied at Harvard University.

She has a lengthy political career. She began as a political advisor in the Prime Minister’s office and later served as Director of Planning from 1998 to 2004. She then spent time in the civil service, working as Secretary of state in the Ministry of Finance from 2004 to 2006, before leaving to again become a political adviser. She left this role when the Government nominated her for the role of Chief Director of the Swedish Tax Agency, a position she held until 2012. She resigned upon her adoption as a Social Democratic candidate ahead of the 2014 general election. From 2014 until 2021, she served as the Minister of Finance.

In 2020, members of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the primary policy advisory committee of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), chose Andersson to serve as chair of the committee for a term of three years. She was the first woman to hold that position.

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