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Per Unckel

In office
1991 – 1994
Preceded by Bengt Göransson
Succeeded by Carl Tham

Assumed office 

Born February 24, 1947 (1947-02-24) (age 62)
Finspång, Östergötland County
Political party Moderate Party
Residence Tessin Palace
Occupation Politician

Per Carl Gustav Unckel (born 1948) is a Swedish former Moderate Party politician and currently the Governor of Stockholm County.

He was born in Östergötland and was at one time chairman of the Moderate Youth League district there. He studied law in Uppsala 1968-1971. In 1971, he was elected national chairman of the Moderate Youth League and served until 1976, when he was elected to the Riksdag for Östergötland.

In 1986, he became secretary general of the Moderate Party. He stayed in the post until 1991, when the Moderate Party won the election and Carl Bildt became Prime Minister of Sweden. Unckel was then appointed Minister of Education. In that position, he spearheaded the educational reforms that revolutionised the Swedish education system. Among other things, students were allowed to choose schools.

After the loss in the election in 1994, Unckel became the party spokesman on labour policy. In 1998 he became chairman of the Committee on the Constitution and one year later he was appointed leader of the Moderate Party parliamentary group.

The election in 2002 was disastrous for the Moderate Party and several senior figures had to resign from the board of the party. Per Unckel was one of them. He was seen as a part of the old regime - the so-called "Bunker" around Carl Bildt, together with the likes of Anders Björk and Gunnar Hökmark. His old Moderate Youth League district, however, paid their respects by electing him honorary chairman.

In 2003, he was appointed secretary-general of the Nordic Council of Ministers and retired from Swedish politics. He served until December 2006.




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