Per Westerberg

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Person.png Per Westerberg  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, businessman)
Per Westerberg.jpg
Born2 August 1951
Alma materStockholm School of Economics
SiblingsLars Westerberg
SpouseYlwa Westerberg
Member ofWEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1993
PartyModerate Party
Minister for Industry and Trade from 1991 to 1994. Speaker of the Swedish Parliament 2006-2014.

Employment.png Speaker of the Riksdag

In office
2 October 2006 - 29 September 2014

Employment.png Sweden/Minister/Industry and Commerce

In office
4 October 1991 - 7 October 1994

Per Erik Gunnar Westerberg is a Swedish politician who was Speaker of the Riksdag from 2006 to 2014. He was a Member of the Riksdag from 1979 to 2014, its most senior member from 2006 to his resignation (see Father of the House).[1] He was Sweden's Minister for Industry and Trade from 1991 to 1994.


Professional career

Westerberg was born in Nyköping and graduated from Stockholm School of Economics in 1974. From 1974 to 1977, Westerberg was employed at Saab-Scania in Södertälje. Westerberg was employed at Saab-Scania (the car division) in Nyköping 1979–91,[2] member of the board of AB Karl W. Olsson in 1974, Chairman of Cewe Instrument AB 1984–90[3] and Elwia AB from 1985. His family has been running a family business for generations.

Political career

Party political career

He was secretary of the Moderate Youth from 1976 to 1978 and political secretary of the Moderate Party from 1978 to 1979. Westerberg became vice chairman of the Moderate Party's county Södermanland in 1977 and was Union Secretary of the Moderate Youth League from 1977 to 78 as well as regional chairman in Nyköping 1979.

Member of the Riksdag

Per Westerberg is an ordinary Member of the Riksdag since 1979 and was previously a deputy in 1977 and 1978. He was alternate member of the Finance Committee 1979–82, the Industry and Trade Committee 1979–82 (member 1982–85) and the Labour Market Committee from 1985.

Westerberg was Minister for Industry and Trade in the Government of Carl Bildt from 1991 to 1994.[4]

He was the wealthiest member of the Riksdag, with a personal fortune exceeding 120 million SEK (around 18 million USD as of May 2014).[5]

Speaker of the Riksdag

In 2003 he was elected as first of the three Vice Speakers of the Riksdag, and on 2 October 2006 he was elected Speaker of the Riksdag by the new liberal-conservative majority, defeating incumbent Björn von Sydow.[6] On 4 October 2010 he was dramatically re-elected as Speaker of the Riksdag, by a 194–153 vote (with 20 votes in favor being from the Sweden Democrats, whose potential decisiveness to his re-election had been viewed as controversial).[7]

Personal life

Per Westerberg lives in Nyköping with his wife, physician Ylwa Westerberg, with whom he has four children. His brother, Lars Westerberg, was CEO of Autoliv.

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