Former swimmer Magdalena Andersson becomes Sweden’s first female prime minister

The very first Swedish prime minister, a former national junior swimming champion, resigned on Wednesday: just hours after his appointment to the post.

54 years old Madeleine Andersson, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, resigned after her partner in Sweden’s new coalition government, the Green Party, resigned in protest against the adopted budget which was proposed by the opposition, including the populist party of right-wing Swedish Democrats. The Swedish Democrats, the country’s third-largest party, have early roots in the neo-Nazi movement.

Andersson, who was the country’s first-ever female prime minister, hopes to take over the post to lead a one-party government. She has spent the last 7 years as Minister of Finance of Sweden.

In his youth, Andersson represented Uppsala Swimming Club. There, she was a two-time youth breaststroke champion in the late 1970s and early 1980s, according to Swedish swimming news site

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