25 Facts About Ulf Kristersson


Ulf Hjalmar Ed Kristersson was born on 29 December 1963 and is a Swedish politician who has served as Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Moderate Party since 2017.

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Ulf Kristersson has been a member of the Riksdag for Sodermanland County since 2014 and previously from 1991 to 2000 for Stockholm County.

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Ulf Kristersson previously served as Minister for Social Security from 2010 to 2014 and Chairman of the Moderate Youth League from 1988 to 1992.

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On 1 September 2017, Ulf Kristersson announced he was running for the party leadership of the Moderate Party after Anna Kinberg Batra stepped down.

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Ulf Kristersson was born in Lund, Skane County, to Lars Kristersson and Karin Kristersson.

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Ulf Kristersson finished secondary school at S:t Eskils gymnasium in Eskilstuna.

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Ulf Kristersson soon become a vocal critic of the government's crisis agreement with Social Democrats.

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At the time, Ulf Kristersson developed a friendship with the former party leader, Gosta Bohman, who in some respects supported his criticism of the Bildt Cabinet.

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Ulf Kristersson left his parliamentary seat in April 2000, feeling that the new party leader Bo Lundgren had declined his services.

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Ulf Kristersson worked for two years in the private sector, mainly as communications director and VP for the internet consultancy Adcore, a dotcom crash casualty.

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Ulf Kristersson returned to active politics in 2002 as Commissioner for Finance in Strangnas and served there until 2006.

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Ulf Kristersson was asked by Fredrik Reinfeldt to lead the committee responsible for developing a new family policy for the party.

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Ulf Kristersson immediately caused controversy by suggesting that fathers must take a month of paternity leave for the family to receive all benefits.

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On 5 October 2010, Fredrik Reinfeldt appointed Ulf Kristersson to become Minister of Social Security, a position he held for four years.

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Ulf Kristersson publicly decided to run for leadership on 1 September 2017 and was elected on 1 October 2017.

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Ulf Kristersson has a harsher stance against immigration than his predecessors.

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Ulf Kristersson initially sought to form a government coalition involving the Alliance parties with support from the Swedish Social Democratic Party.

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Ulf Kristersson held a meeting in December 2019 with Jimmie Akesson, leader of the Sweden Democrats, and said that he would cooperate with them in parliament.

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The anti-immigration party had previously been subject to a cordon sanitaire by all other parties, with Ulf Kristersson himself ruling out dialogue with them ahead of the 2018 elections.

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Ulf Kristersson planned to lead a coalition of his Moderate Party, the Christian Democrats, the Sweden Democrats, and the Liberals.

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Ulf Kristersson has signaled his preferrence for a coalition government between Moderate, his own party, Christian Democrats and Liberals with Sweden Democrats support.

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On 14 October 2022, Ulf Kristersson presented Tidoavtalet, an agreement between Moderates, Christian Democrats, Liberals and Sweden Democrats.

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Ulf Kristersson was described in the same profile as representing the neoliberal wing of the Moderates.

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Ulf Kristersson himself has described social mobility as one of his core concerns in politics.

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Ulf Kristersson initially ruled out forming an alliance with the Sweden Democrats upon assuming party leadership; following the 2018 Swedish general election, he ended the policy of non-cooperation and met with SD's leadership for official talks.

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