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Lena HJELM-WALLEN, Swedish politician.; SDLP Pari.; Board SDLP 1978-1987; Board Swedish Social Democratic Party.


HJELM-WALLEN, Lena was born on January 14, 1943 in Sala, Sweden. Parents: Gustav Hjelm and Elly Hjelm (née Johannson).


Uppsala University Master of Philosophy, 1965. Teacher Training College, 1966.


Member of Riksdag since 1969. (in Second Chamber for Västmanland, 1969-1970). Deputy member of Constitution Committee, 1969-1970.

Cultural Affairs committee, 1971-1973. And Labour Market Committee, 1979-1982. Member of the Administration of Justice Committee, 1971-1973.

Member, Education Committee, 1976-1978, and 1979-1982. United Nations delegate, 1980 and 1981. Member of Select Parliamentary Committee, 1978-1982.

Cabinet Minister without Portfolio, 1973-1976. Cabinet Minister and Minister of Education, 1982-1985. Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Development Cooperation), since Oct 1985.

Member of the Public Section Select Committee, 1977-1982. Member of County Education Board in Vastmanland, 1977-1982. Member, Swedish UNESCO Council, 1980-1982.

Chairman of Mass Movement Council for Foreign Aid, since 1986. Member of Drafting Committee of 1968 for Church and State, 1968-1972. Expert on Family Law Committee, 1969-1974.

Member. Crime Commission, 1973. Member, Drafting Committee for Secondary Schools, 1977-1981. Member. Delegation for better school Environment and follow up of Reform Decision concerning Primary Schools, 1979-1980.

Vice-Chairman of Child and Youth Delegation, 1983-1986. Chairman, 1986; Board member of Social Democratic Youth Club in Sala, chairman, 1967-1970. Chairman of Social Democratic Women's circle in Vastmanland county, 1972-1974.

Member of the Executive Committee of the Young Social Democrats in Vastmanland County. Chairman. 1967-1970; Member of Union Board, 1970-1972. Member of Social Democratic Labour Party District in Vastmanland County, since 1970, Chairman since 1986.

Deputy of Social Democratic Labour Party Executive Committee, since 1987. Member of School Board in Sala, 1968-1973. Secondary School Teacher in Borlänge, 1965, and in Sala, 1965-1968.


In 1968 Hjelm-Wallén became a member of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag) and she held several cabinet positions, starting in 1974 as the youngest minister to that date. A member of the Social Democratic party, she served as Minister for Education from 1982 to 1985, as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1998 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 2002.


Married Ingvar Hjelm-Wallen.

Ingvar Wallén