Sweden has a feminist government (again)

"We are a feminist government!" said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven as he presented the country's new government on Monday.

Catherine Edwards
Catherine Edwards NewsMavens, Sweden
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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

During his statement of government, Löfven announced some of the policies his government plans to introduce: "The Gender Equality Authority will stay in place. LGBT+ people's rights will be strengthened. The law against discrimination will be stronger."

Löfven was voted back in as prime minister on Friday, and his previous government also described itself as feminist; in fact, eight of the nine main political parties in Sweden also refer to themselves in this way. 

The government has 12 women and 11 men (including the prime minister), a more equal gender split than in Sweden's parliament and much more equal than in the country's boardrooms.

Expectations are high. The new government has promised to focus on gender equality in many areas, from keeping the Gender Equality Authority open, to helping newly-arrived migrant women integrate into Swedish society and ensure they have equal opportunities, to improving queue systems in the healthcare system and ensuring men and women have equal access to care.

Details from the story:

  • Sweden's new government was formally presented on Monday, after a four-party deal ended a 131-day political deadlock
  • Two key roles, Finance Minister and Foreign Minister, are both held by women (Magdalena Andersson and Margot Wallström) who retained these roles from their previous term of office
  • The Deputy Prime Minister and spokesperson for the Green Party, the junior coalition partner, is Isabella Lövin
  • The government contains six first-time ministers
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