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En svensk moderat politiker och ämbetsman som är Sveriges finansminister sedan 2006. | A Swedish economist and politician. The current Minister for Finance.
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Anders Erik Borg, född 11 januari 1968 i Skarpnäcks församling i Stockholm, är en svensk moderat politiker och ämbetsman som är Sveriges finansminister sedan 6 oktober 2006.

 

Biografi

Borg föddes i Vingåker, men växte upp i Lindö, en förort till Norrköping. Han genomförde delvis sina gymnasiestudier vid De Geergymnasiet i Norrköping och slutförde dem senare vid Komvux. Mellan 1988 och 1991 studerade han vid Uppsala universitet, där han läste bland annat filosofi, ekonomisk historia och statskunskap. Samtidigt med studierna verkade han som kårordförande i Uppsala studentkår (1989) och som ordförande i Föreningen Heimdal (1989-1990). Mellan 1995 och 1997 studerade Borg nationalekonomi vid Stockholms universitet. Borg har inte tagit ut någon akademisk examen.

 

Efter den borgerliga valförlusten 1994 lämnade Borg tillfälligt politiken för att istället arbeta inom bankvärlden. Mellan 1995 och 1998 arbetade han som analytiker vid Transferator Alfred Berg; mellan 1998 och 1999 som chefsekonom vid ABN Amro Bank i Stockholm; mellan 1999 och 2001 som chef för avdelningen för ekonomisk analys vid Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken; och mellan 2001 som 2002 rådgivare i penningpolitiska frågor till direktionen vid Sveriges Riksbank. Han har också varit ledamot i Expertgruppen för studier i offentlig ekonomi (ESO) och i verksstyrelsen i Arbetsmarknadsstyrelsen (Ams).

 

Finansminister

Efter den borgerliga valsegern 2006 utsågs Borg till finansminister. I samband med Borgs tillträde som finansminister medgav han att han tidigare anlitat svart arbetskraft i hemmet. Borg anser sig vara feminist.

 

Borg har utgivit två debattskrifter: Förmynderiets teori: en kritik av public service-ideologin (City University Press, 1994) samt Generell välfärdspolitik - bara magiska ord? (City University Press, 1992). Han har även publicerat en rad artiklar i olika icke-vetenskapliga facktidskrifter, bland annat rörande finanspolitik och budgetprocesser i Ekonomisk Debatt och om interventioner och stabiliseringspolitik i Penning- & valutapolitik.

 

Av en promemoria upprättad 2009 vid Socialdepartementet vid arbetet med nya sjukförsäkringsregler framgick Borgs starka ställning i regeringen Reinfeldt. Fredrik Reinfeldt hade det starkaste finansdepartement på mycket länge och Anders Borg hade i praktiken veto i regeringsfrågor som gäller pengar. Sedan Borg blev finansminister 2006 uppskattas han vara en av de allra mest inflytelserika opinionsbildarna i Sverige. Tidningen Financial Times utsåg Borg till EU:s främste finansminister 2011 i sin årliga ranking av unionens 19 finansministrar.

 

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Anders Erik Borg (born 11 January 1968) is a Swedish economist and politician, who serves as Minister for Finance in the Swedish government. He is a member of the Moderate Party. His unorthodox appearance, as well as his intellect, have created the persona of a cabinet member "who doesn't fit into the grey, sometimes boring mold of finance ministers."

 

Early life

Borg was born in Stockholm but grew up in Norrköping, Östergötland County. He became a member of the Moderate Youth League in the upper secondary school in Norrköping. From 1988 to 1991 he studied political science, economic history, and philosophy at Uppsala University. He also attended Stockholm University from 1995 to 1997, where his studies in economics included participation in graduate level courses despite the fact that he had not completed a bachelor degree. He has yet to earn an academic degree.

 

From 1990 to 1991 Borg was an editorial writer for the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Following the centre-right parties' victory in the 1991 general election, Borg became a Political Adviser at the Prime Minister's Office with responsibility for coordination of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Public Administration, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Science. From 1993 to 1994 he served as a Political Adviser to Prime Minister Carl Bildt.

 

Following defeat of the Moderate Party in the 1994 general election, Borg worked in the private Bank sector. From 1995 to 1998 he worked at the company Transferator Alfred Berg as responsible for economic and political analysis. From 1998 to 1999 he was Chief Economist at ABN Amro Bank in Stockholm and from 1999 to 2001 he was Head of the Economic Analysis Department at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) in Stockholm. From 2001 to 2002 he served as an Adviser on monetary policy issues to the Executive Board of the Riksbank (the Swedish central bank). He was recruited as Chief Economist of the Moderate Party in 2003 by Bo Lundgren and stayed in the team of the newly elected party leader Fredrik Reinfeldt. He also served as a Member of the Board of the Swedish Labour Market Administration (Swedish: Arbetsmarknadsstyrelsen) from 2005 to 2006.

 

Personal

Borg is married to Susanna "Sanna" Borg (née Ölander), with whom he has three children. He lives with his family in Bie, Katrineholm Municipality, Södermanland County. Borg has said that he will serve only two terms as Finance Minister, ultimately to spend more time with his family. Indeed, he describes his government service as "conscription," having never held an elected office. Unlike most of the Moderate Party members of the cabinet, Borg describes himself as a feminist.

 

Political career

Following the victory in the 2006 general election, Borg was appointed Minister for Finance in the new centre-right cabinet led by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, that assumed office on 6 October 2006. On 5 September 2007, Minister for Defence Mikael Odenberg resigned from the cabinet due to disagreement with Borg regarding funds for the Swedish Armed Forces. On 29 November 2008, Borg, in an interview on Swedish TV4, criticized US President-elect Barack Obama's economic agenda calling it "untenable". Although his policies have been described as economically liberal, Borg has a different view. "One can probably call me a quite pragmatic politician. For me, the highest priority is to make sure that we have sound public finances.

 

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2013-05-21

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