Stockholm: The Swedish Parliament on Wednesday elected Magdalena Andersson as the country’s first-ever female Prime Minister.
Andersson is scheduled to take office after a meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf on Friday, giving her less than 10 months to prepare for the country’s 2022 general elections, reports Xinhua news agency.
Sweden is the only Nordic country never to have elected a woman as national leader before.
However, she was elected because under Swedish law she only needed a majority of MPs not to vote against her.
A former junior swimming champion from the university city of Uppsala, she began her political career in 1996 as political adviser to Prime Minister Goran Persson.