But during the pandemic, he said, her conservative positions softened and she expressed more openness to borrow money to finance green investments in industry and to regain control of the food industry. social protection to the private sector.
Sweden was once hailed for hosting more refugees per capita than any other European country. But its image has changed over the past decade, as a growing number of migrants into the country prompted a backlash from far-right populists. This has led to growing calls for stricter policies on the admission of asylum seekers.
Despite the political turmoil that preceded her confirmation, the election of Ms Andersson is a milestone for Sweden, which has a reputation as one of the most progressive countries on gender equality.
Sweden recorded the highest percentage of seats held by women in national parliaments of European Union countries in 2020, according to data released by Eurostat this year. But this is the first time the country has elected a woman to its top management position.
Margot Wallstrom, former Swedish foreign minister, said Ms Andersson’s confirmation will help young women realize “that it is also possible to reach the highest political office”.
Ms Wallstrom introduced in 2014 what she called a ‘feminist foreign policy’, placing gender equality at the center of Sweden’s international relations. “More women means more peace,” she said.