Margot Wallström

Born:September 28, 1954 (age 67)
Career:Minister for Nordic cooperation, 2016-present
Deputy prime minister of Sweden, 2014-present
Minister for foreign affairs, 2014-present
Minister for social affairs, 1996-1998
Minister for culture, 1994-1996
Minister of civil affairs, 1988-1991
Member of Parliament, 1979-1985

Margot Elisabeth Wallström has been the Swedish minister for foreign affairs and acting deputy prime minister since October 2014.

Wallström was born September 28, 1954, in Skellefteå, Sweden. After graduation from high school, she worked as a bank clerk and then an accountant. She has worked as the CEO of a regional TV network in Sweden and as the executive vice-president of Worldview Global Media in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Wallström has held a number of political position in the Swedish parliament, the Swedish government and the European Commission. She was Environment Commissioner from 1999 to 2004 and Minister for Consumer Affairs, Women and Youth from 1988 to 1991, Minister for Culture from 1994 to 1996 and Minister for Social Affairs from 1996 to 1998. From 2010 to 2014, she was the first of five vice-presidents of the 27-member Barroso Commission and worked as special representative of the UN secretary-general on sexual violence in conflict.

In 2004, Wallström became the first member of the European Commission to operate a blog.