Gustav Fridolin

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Gustav Fridolin
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Minister for Education
In office
3 October 2014 – 21 January 2019
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byJan Björklund
Succeeded byAnna Ekström
Spokesperson of the Green Party
In office
21 May 2011 – 4 May 2019
Serving with
Åsa Romson (until 2016)
Isabella Lövin (from 2016)
Preceded byMaria Wetterstrand
Peter Eriksson
Succeeded byPer Bolund
Member of the Riksdag
In office
4 September 2010 – 30 September 2019
ConstituencySkåne County North and East (2010—2018)
Stockholm County
In office
30 September 2002 – 2 October 2006
ConstituencyStockholm Municipality
Personal details
Born (1983-05-10) 10 May 1983 (age 38)
Vittsjö, Skåne County, Sweden
Political partyGreen Party
Jennie Fridolin
(m. 2007; div. 2019)
ProfessionJournalist, Teacher

Per Gustav Edvard Fridolin (born 10 May 1983) is a Swedish journalist, author, teacher and former politician who served as Minister for Education from 2014 to 2019 and as one of two spokespersons of the Green Party from 2011 to 2019.

He was a Member of the Swedish Parliament from 2002 to 2006, representing Stockholm Municipality, and was the parliament's youngest member during that time. Out of politics from 2006 to 2010, he authored two books and worked as an investigation journalist for TV4's Kalla fakta. He returned to the Swedish Parliament[1] in the 2010 general election, and represented Skåne County North and East from 2010 to 2018 and Stockholm County from 2018 until his resignation in September 2019.

He was elected joint spokesperson for the Green Party in 2011, serving with Åsa Romson from 2011 to 2016 and then with Isabella Lövin from 2016 to 2019. When the Green Party entered the cabinet of Stefan Löfven in 2014, the Green Partys first–time ever government participating, he was appointed Minister for Education. As Minister for Education, he appointed the 2015 School Commission, took actions to safe-guard necessary knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics and introduced a programme (Lärarlönelyftet) designed to increase teacher's salary. He stepped down as Minister for Education in January 2019 and as Green Party spokesperson in May 2019.

As of March 2020, he works as a teacher at the Stockholm City Mission Folk High School.[2]


Fridolin was born in Vittsjö, Hässleholm Municipality, Skåne County, Sweden. He joined the Green Party in 1994 and served as one of two spokespersons of the Young Greens of Sweden between 1999 and 2003.[3]

Fridolin first served as a member of the Swedish parliament between 2002 and 2006, representing the Stockholm Municipality constituency.[1] Aged nineteen at the time, he was the youngest MP in Swedish history until 2010, when Anton Abele, a Moderate, set a new record.[4] During his first term in parliament he served as a member of the Committee on the Constitution.[1] Fridolin also served as a member of the board of the Green Party between 2004 and 2006, and was one of his party's representatives in the negotiations with the Social Democratic government and the Left Party.[5]

In 2005 Fridolin announced that he would not be up for re-election as an MP in the 2006 election.[6]

Fridolin again ran as a candidate for parliament in the 2010 election and was elected, representing the Skåne County North and East constituency.[1] He is a member of the Committee on European Union Affairs in the parliament and a deputy member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Civil Affairs and the Committee on Industry and Trade.[1]

Fridolin has written three books, all on politics. The first, titled Från Vittsjö till världen - om global apartheid och alla vi som vill någon annanstans (From Vittsjö to the world - about global apartheid and everyone of us that want to go somewhere), was released in 2006. His second book, titled Blåsta, was released in 2009, and his third book, Maskiner och människor - en skrift om arbete och framtidstro (Machines and men - writings on labour and belief in the future) was released in 2011. Machines and men was cowritten with Ulf Bodach Söderström and lays out a possible policy for an environmentally friendly industry.

Gustav Fridolin has been married to Jennie Fridolin since 2007. His political idols, aside from proponents of Green politics, include Liberal Prime Minister Karl Staaff of the early 20th century which he praised in a January 2011 article, espousing centrist and social liberal views.[7]

In 2014 he became the Minister for Education in the Löfven Cabinet, a position which he served until 2019 when he was replaced by Anna Ekström of the Social Democrats.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Gustav Fridolin (MP)". Parliament of Sweden. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  2. ^ Gustav Fridolins new life as a folk high school teacher (in Swedish) Published 4 March 2020
  3. ^ "Reinfeldt 'open' to opposition deals - The Local". Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  4. ^ Lerner, Thomas (8 April 2010). "Lättare tappa fotfästet nära makten". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  5. ^ Richard Orange. "Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path to left - World news - The Observer". the Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  6. ^ Stenberg, Ewa (19 February 2006). "Ung veteran lämnar politikens elitserie". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 24 September 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  7. ^ Fridolin, Gustav (18 January 2011). "De gröna ska inta mitten i den svenska politiken". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 June 2011.

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Preceded by Spokesperson of Young Greens
Serving with:
Zaida Catalán 2001–2003

Succeeded by
Preceded by Spokesperson of the Green Party
Serving with:
Åsa Romson 2011–2016
Isabella Lövin 2016–2019

Succeeded by
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Preceded by Minister for Education
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