Family tree of Göran PERSSON

Scandinavian politician

SwedishBorn Hans Göran PERSSON

Prime Minister of Sweden from 1996 to 2006

Born on January 20, 1949 in Vingåker, Sweden (72 years)

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Persson was born in Vingåker in Södermanland, Sweden, in a working-class home. He has in recent years revealed that he wanted to become a priest as a young man; however, he applied to the college in Örebro where he took courses in social science. He completed 80 college credits (120 ECTS credits) in the subject before he gave them up in 1971 without graduating. According to himself he had at the time almost completed an education in social and political sciences. As the college later received credentials as a full university, the renamed Örebro University gave him an honorary PhD in medicine in February 2005, an award that provoked some controversy.

In December 6, 2003 Persson married Anitra Steen, who became his third wife. He first married Gunnel (Claesson) in 1978, with whom he has two daughters. They divorced in 1995. On March 10, 1995 he married Annika Barthine, whom he divorced in December 2002.


In 2004 Persson and Steen purchased the 190 hectare agricultural property Övre Torp by Lake Båven in Södermanland. During 2006 the couple started the construction of a large house on the property.

He has maintained his Christian faith and is a member of Swedish Association of Christian Social Democrats.

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