| Gunnar Lange |
|Born||9 March 1909|
|Died||16 September 1976 (Age 67)|
|Alma mater||Stockholm University|
|Party||Swedish Social Democratic Party|
Gunnar Lange's background was a middle-class family moving up the social ladder, the son of Chancellor Nils Lange and Magda Lovisa Boije. He grew up in Mörby villa community, whose residents at that time were largely made up of well-situated civil servant families and where the father was active in municipal politics for the right.
When Lange already in the late 1920s as a newly minted student professed socialist ideas, this was probably largely rooted in emotional factors. When Lange began his studies at Stockholm College majoring in economics, he also entered a circle of politically like-minded peers. The gathering point for these was the left wing Clarté. Lange was for a few years a member of Stockholm 's Clarté section and devoted a lot of time to its activities, which included large discussion meetings at the college. He was at the same time an organized social democrat, but Clarté was his real political residence during his student years. There he found an outlet for his then and later deepest interest, politics, but did not carry any heavier ballast of socialist theory and doctrine with him. It was the politics of the day and the practical solution of immediate goals that completely occupied him.
In 1935 he worked at the agricultural board, also as an actuary. In the same year that he was appointed to the Board of Agriculture, he became an assistant to the head of the Department of Agriculture.
He received a research grant from the Rockerfeller Foundation for studies of American agricultural economics and politics 38–39. In 1941 he took a doctorate and then got a position at the University of North Carolina as a senior lecturer in agriculture and economics.
On November 29, 1954, Lange was appointed Minister of State and head of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, responsible for dealing with local councils, and stayed there for just under a year, until September 12, 1955, when he was given the same position in the Ministry of Commerce. He was Sweden's Minister of Trade until 9 October 1970, when he was succeeded by Kjell-Olof Feldt. Lange was a Member of Parliament 1953-1976. 1953–1968 he was chairman of the Swedish Football Association.
During his time as Minister of Trade, Lange played a major role in the creation of the EFTA Free Trade Organization, where he chaired the Council of Ministers in 1959–1960, 1963 and 1967.
Event Participated in
|Bilderberg/1962||18 May 1962||20 May 1962||Sweden|
|The 11th Bilderberg meeting and the first one in Sweden.|