Jimmie Åkesson

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Jimmie Åkesson
SD
Åkesson in 2022
Leader of the Sweden Democrats
Assumed office
7 May 2005
Preceded byMikael Jansson
Member of the Riksdag
Assumed office
4 October 2010
ConstituencyJönköping County
Chairman of the Sweden Democratic Youth
In office
21 June 2000 – 7 May 2005
Preceded byJimmy Windeskog
Succeeded byMartin Kinnunen
Personal details
Born
Per Jimmie Åkesson

(1979-05-17) 17 May 1979 (age 45)
Bromölla, Sweden
Political partySweden Democrats
Other political
affiliations
Moderate (MUF) (until 1995)
Domestic partnerLouise Erixon (2011–2020)
Children1
EducationLund University

Per Jimmie Åkesson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjɪ̌mːɪ ˈôːkɛˌsɔn]; born 17 May 1979) is a Swedish politician and author, serving as leader of the Sweden Democrats since 2005. He has been a member of the Riksdag (SD) for Jönköping County since 2010. He previously served as leader of the Sweden Democratic Youth from 2000 until 2005.[1]

Early life and education

Jimmie Åkesson was born in Ivetofta in Skåne County,[2] but grew up in Sölvesborg in Blekinge County.[3] His father, Stefan, is a businessman who ran a floor laying business and his mother, Britt Marie, was a care provider in a nursing home. Åkesson's parents divorced when he was young and he was raised primarily by his mother.[4][5][6]

From 1995 to 1998, Åkesson completed a three-year social studies program at the Furulundsskolan Institute in Sölvesborg. In 1999, he began studying political science, law, economics, human geography and philosophy at Lund University, without graduating, and has stated that he became interested in politics around this time.[2][6][7] Prior to working full-time in politics, Åkesson worked as a web developer and founded a web design company BMJ Aktiv with Björn Söder, the former party secretary of the Sweden Democrats.[2][8]

Political career

Youth politics

Åkesson was a member of the Moderate Youth League, the youth wing of the Moderate Party, but left the Moderates to join the original version of Sweden Democratic Youth Association (the youth wing of the Sweden Democrats) in 1995, although some sources state 1994.[3][4] In his autobiography, Åkesson wrote that he decided to become a member of the SD on New Year's Eve in 1994 but did not formally sign membership papers until the new year and did not want to join while the party's first chairman Anders Klarström was in charge due to considering him too radical.[9][10][11] In interviews, Åkesson has claimed that he joined the SD after many of the party's original and more hardline members had left.[4][5] In an article for the SDU's magazine in 1997, Åkesson wrote "We had the first contact with SD sometime in December of the same year [1994], and during a meeting at New Year's Eve we decided to start working party politically, and that a local SDU branch would eventually be formed."[12][13] Journalist and former SD press secretary Christian Krappedal corroborated that Åkesson became a member of the party in the spring of 1995.[14]

In 1995, he also co-founded a local chapter of the Sweden Democratic Youth Association.[3] In 1997, he was elected as a deputy member of the party board.[3] The SD's policies that he claims he was most attracted to at first were its view on the European Union, and its policy on immigration.

In the

councilman in Sölvesborg Municipality.[3] The same year, he also became deputy chairman of the newly established Sweden Democratic Youth (Sverigedemokratisk Ungdom), and later, from 2000 to 2005, was chairman of the organisation.[3]

2005–present: Party leader

Åkesson being interviewed before an Sveriges Television party-leader debate ahead of the 2014 Swedish general election

In 2005, he defeated party leader Mikael Jansson in a party election to become the party leader of the Sweden Democrats (SD). During his chairmanship of the youth league and as party leader, Åkesson has been described and has presented himself as part of a driving force to moderate the SD's policies and image.[15][16][6] During his student years at Lund University, Åkesson got to know Björn Söder, Richard Jomshof and Mattias Karlsson with whom he formed the National Democratic Student Association in Lund. The group became known as the "Scania Gang" or "Fantastic Four" within the SD; a political clique of younger members who had the goal of taking over the party's leadership and sought to moderate and reform the SD.[17]

In the

Member of the Riksdag (MP) along with 19 of his fellow party members.[1][19]

In September 2014, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported that Åkesson had spent upwards of 500,000 kronor ($70,000) in 2014 alone on online betting. The sum is more than the politician would have earned all year, after tax, reported SR.[20] The revelation caused an uproar, both among people who view Åkesson as unreliable and those who opposed SR's decision to publish the information. Among the latter were former Green Party Spokesperson Maria Wetterstrand and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.[21] Åkesson himself called SR's actions an attempt at character assassination.[22]

Following the

burnout.[23][24] In early 2015, Åkesson was named Sweden's most important opinion leader for the calendar year 2014 by the Swedish magazine DSM in their annual rankings.[25][26]

On 27 March 2015, Åkesson publicly announced that he would return to his duties as party leader for the SD, albeit initially in a somewhat reduced role, on the SVT program Skavlan, as well as in an open letter on his Facebook page.[27][non-primary source needed]

In the 2018 Swedish general election, the SD got 17.6% of the votes (+4.7 pp), after the Swedish Social Democratic Party (28.4%, -2.6 pp) and the Moderate Party (19.8%, -3.5 pp). SD had 62 of 349 seats in the next Riksdag.

The SD saw a greater rise in support during the 2022 Swedish general election under Åkesson's leadership with the party overtaking the Moderates to become the second largest in the Riksdag.[28]

Following the

Palestinian attack on Israel on 7 October 2023, which killed more than 1,000 Israelis, people were spotted celebrating in various Swedish cities.[29] Åkesson immediately stated that these people do not belong in Sweden and that he is open to expel those who praise terrorism.[30] During a speech on 26 November 2023, Åkesson asserted that Swedish-Palestinians who have travelled to Gaza should not expect help to return to Sweden.[31]

In August 2023, the Nobel Foundation invited Åkesson as an official guest as part of the Swedish delegation at the annual Nobel Banquet for the first time having previously denied him an invitation before.[32]

Personal life

Åkesson was engaged to Louise Erixon, a former parliamentary aid to Björn Söder and the daughter of former Sweden Democrats MP Margareta Gunsdotter. Erixon served as the mayor of Sölvesborg from 2019 to 2022, and she was one of the first Sweden Democrats to hold a local mayorship.[33][34] They have a son, born in 2013.[35]

On 24 April 2020, Erixon announced on her Facebook page that the couple had separated some time previously.[36]

Outside of politics, Åkesson is also a musician and plays keyboard for the rock group Bedårande Barn alongside Peter London.[37][38] Åkesson currently resides in Sölvesborg. According to his personal profile, his main interests are playing golf and watching football. He is a supporter of Mjällby AIF.[39]

Bibliography

  • (2008): 20 röster om 20 år. Sverigedemokraterna 1988–2008
  • (2009): Åkesson om... Vecka 40–52 2008
  • (2013): Satis polito.
  • (2018): Det moderna folkhemmet.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Leader of the Sweden Democrats
2005–present
Incumbent