Annika Strandhäll

Annika Strandhäll (born 30 April 1975) is a Swedish trade unionist and politician of the Social Democrats who is currently serving as chairperson of the Stockholm chapter of Social Democratic Women.[1] She served as Minister for Social Security from 2014 until her resignation in 2019, following her partner's death a month earlier.[2] She previously held the office of Minister for Social Affairs from 2017 to 2019.[3][4] and acting Minister for Public Health, Healthcare and Sports, during Gabriel Wikström's sick leave, from May to July 2017.[5]

Annika Strandhäll
Annika Strandhäll 2014-10-29 001.jpg
Annika Strandhäll in October 2014
Minister for Social Security
In office
3 October 2014 – 1 October 2019
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byUlf Kristersson
Succeeded byArdalan Shekarabi
Minister for Social Affairs
In office
27 July 2017 – 21 January 2019
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byGabriel Wikström (as Minister for Public Health, Healthcare and Sports)
Succeeded byLena Hallengren (as Minister for Health and Social Affairs)
Amanda Lind (as Minister for Sports)
Minister for Public Health, Healthcare and Sports
(acting)
In office
5 May 2017 – 27 July 2017
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byGabriel Wikström
Succeeded byHerself (as Minister for Social Affairs)
Member of the Riksdag
Assumed office
1 October 2019
Personal details
Born (1975-06-30) 30 June 1975 (age 45)
Göteborg, Sweden
Political partySocial Democrats

ResignationEdit

On 30 September 2019, following the death of her partner, Strandhäll announced that she would be resigning from her post as Minister for Social Security.[6] In February 2020, Strandhäll spoke publicly in a television interview and on Facebook about her partner Thomas Wolf, the father of her two children, having committed suicide after their separation.[7] Wolf had been a high-ranking officer at the government-run insurance agency. Strandhäll said that although she had known he was suffering from depression already prior to their separation, she had not realised the gravity of the situation.[7] She told newspaper Expressen that she intended to remain in politics as an MP, but that her new situation with full responsibility for the children was going to have an impact on any future commitments.[8] Strandhäll said that she spoke publicly about Wolf's passing in order to end speculation about the cause of the tragedy and that it was the right time after several months of grief.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Strandhälls nya uppdrag klart - Aftonbladet live: Supernytt". live.aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  2. ^ Annika Strandhäll resigns following her husband's death 2019-09-30 (in Swedish)
  3. ^ Regeringskansliet, Regeringen och (24 November 2014). "Ministry of Health and Social Affairs". Regeringskansliet.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2014-10-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Gabriel Wikström is on sick leave (in Swedish) 2017-05-05
  6. ^ "Socialförsäkringsministern Annika Strandhäll avgår – efter sambons död". www.expressen.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  7. ^ a b Holm, Gusten (7 February 2020). "Strandhäll: Vi såg inte att han mådde dåligt" [Strandhäll: We didn't see that he was doing badly]. Expressen. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  8. ^ a b Svensson, Niklas (6 February 2020). "Strandhälls första ord om sambons död" [Strandhäll's first words regarding the partners' death]. Expressen. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Eva Nordmark
(as President of SKTF)
President of Vision
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Veronica Magnusson
Political offices
Preceded by
Göran Hägglund
Head of the Ministry for Health and Social Affairs
2014–2019
Succeeded by
Lena Hallengren
Preceded by
Ulf Kristersson
Minister for Social Security
2014–2019
Succeeded by
Ardalan Shekarabi
Preceded by
Gabriel Wikström
Minister for Public Health, Healthcare and Sports
Acting

2017
Succeeded by
Herself (as Minister for Social Affairs)
Preceded by
Herself (as Minister for Social Security)
Gabriel Wikström (as Minister for Public Health, Healthcare and Sports)
Minister for Social Affairs
2017–2019
Succeeded by
Lena Hallengren (as Minister for Health and Social Affairs)
Amanda Lind (as Minister for Sports)
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Alice Bah Kuhnke
as Minister for Culture
Order of Precedence of Sweden
as Minister for Social Affairs
Succeeded by
Ardalan Shekarabi
as Minister for Public Administration