Gustav Fridolin

Per Gustav Edvard Fridolin (born 10 May 1983) is a Swedish politician who served as Minister of Education from 2014 to 2019. A journalist, author and teacher by profession, he was the Green Party's joint spokesperson from 2011 to 2019, along with Åsa Romson from 2011 to 2016 and with Isabella Lövin from 2016 to 2019.

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 (2011-2016)
Isabella Lövin (2016-2019)
Preceded byMaria Wetterstrand
Peter Eriksson
Succeeded byPer Bolund
Member of the Riksdag
In office
4 October 2010 – 3 October 2014
ConstituencySkåne County North and East
In office
30 September 2002 – 2 October 2006
ConstituencyStockholm Municipality
Personal details
Born (1983-05-10) 10 May 1983 (age 37)
Vittsjö, Skåne County, Sweden
Political partyGreen Party
Spouse(s)Jennie Fridolin
ProfessionJournalist, Teacher

Fridolin is a member of the Swedish parliament since the 2010 election, representing Skåne County North and East.[1] He was also a member of the Swedish parliament from 2002 to 2006 and 2010 to 2014.


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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

In 2005 Fridolin announced that he would not be up for re-election as an MP in the 2006 election.[5]

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.[6]

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. ^ "Reinfeldt 'open' to opposition deals - The Local". Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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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Party political offices
Preceded by
Maria Wetterstrand
Paulo Silva
Spokesperson of Young Greens
Serving with:
Sofi Löfstedt 1999–2001
Zaida Catalán 2001–2003

Succeeded by
Zaida Catalán
Luka Einar Vestergaard
Preceded by
Peter Eriksson
Maria Wetterstrand
Spokesperson of the Green Party
Serving with:
Åsa Romson 2011–2016
Isabella Lövin 2016–2019

Succeeded by
Isabella Lövin
Per Bolund
Political offices
Preceded by
Member of the Riksdag for Stockholm Municipality
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of the Riksdag for the north and east electoral district of Skåne County
Elisabeth Knutsson 2014–2018

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of the Riksdag for Stockholm County
Amanda Palmstierna 2018–2019

Preceded by
Jan Björklund
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Anna Ekström