Stefan Löfven

Löfven sets out equality agenda after election

"He's a compromise politician"
4:42 min

Stefan Löfven has been officially elected as leader of the Social Democrat party at the yearly congress. Until now he had simply had a mandate from the party's board.

In his first speech after the vote Löfven said that Sweden needs to become a place where everyone is treated equally, regardless of gender or background, and that Sweden still has a male gender dominance, which needs to be opposed with a feminist approach.

He also decided to back a proposal by the youth wing of the party to guarantee young people either a job or training if they have been unemployed for more then 3 months. The proposal would cost up to 8 billion crowns if introduced, according to Löfven himself. The party had previously promised such measures after six months unemployment.

Löfvén also brought up racism and xenophobia in his speech to the party, promising to fight structural racism in Sweden if his party gets into government again after the next election in 2014.

The Social Democrats are Sweden's largest political party and have ruled the country for much of the last century, but lost the last two elections in a row to a centre-right coalition.

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