Thage G. Peterson

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Thage G. Peterson
Minister of Industry
In office
8 October 1982 – 30 September 1988
Prime MinisterOlof Palme
Ingvar Carlsson
Preceded byNils G. Åsling
Succeeded byIvar Nordberg
Member of the Riksdag
In office
ConstituencyStockholm County
Personal details
Born (1933-09-24) 24 September 1933 (age 90)
Berg, Sweden
AwardsIllis quorum

Thage Edvin Gerhard Peterson (born 24 September 1933) is a Swedish politician (Social Democrat).[1][2]

Peterson was one of the leading Swedish Social Democrats in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a member of parliament from 1971 to 1998, its speaker from 1988 to 1991, and served in several ministerial posts from 1975 to 1976, 1982 to 1988 and 1994 to 1998, most notably as

minister of defence from 1994 to 1997.[1]

Early life

Peterson was born on 24 September 1933 in Berg, Kronoberg County, Sweden, the son of Edvin Peterson, a churchwarden, and his wife Martina (née Jonasson).[2] He worked as an agricultural labourer from 1947 to 1951 and graduated from the South Swedish School of Social Work in Lund in 1957.[2]


Early career

Peterson worked as a municipal accountant from 1957 to 1958 and at the National Organization of People's Hall Societies (Folkets Husföreningarnas Riksorganisation) from 1958 to 1964. He worked as national secretary and vice chairman of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League from 1964 to 1967, as head of the People's Hall and CEO of the National Organization of People's Hall Societies from 1967 to 1971.[2]

Political career

Peterson was first elected a member of parliament in 1971. He first served as

Carlsson I Cabinet.[2] In addition, he briefly served as acting minister for justice and head of the Ministry of Justice in 1988 following the resignation of Anna-Greta Leijon.[1] Peterson then served as Speaker of the Riksdag from 1988 to 1991.[2]

Peterson was chairman of the

minister of defence and head of the Ministry of Defence, and remained in this post until 1997. He then served as minister in the Prime Minister's Office from 1997 to 1998.[2]

Peterson was a member of the

A-Pressen [sv] from 1973 to 1975, member of the executive committee of the Swedish Social Democratic Party board from 1975 to 1990, chairman of Stockholm County social democratic party district from 1974 to 1989, member of the Riksdag from 1971 to 1998, Board of Governors of the Sveriges Riksbank from 1976 to 1982, and a member of the Nordic Council from 1976 to 1982.[2]

Personal life

In 1962, Peterson married Marion Karlsson (born 1935), the daughter of Thure Karlsson and Lisa (née Johansson).[2]

Awards and decorations

Selected bibliography


  1. ^ a b c "Thage G Peterson". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  2. ^
    SELIBR 8261515
  3. ^ "Regeringens belöningsmedaljer och regeringens utmärkelse: Professors namn". Regeringskansliet (in Swedish). January 2006. Archived from the original on 2021-11-02. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Justice
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minister of Defence

Succeeded by
Preceded by Speaker of the Riksdag
Succeeded by
Order of precedence
Preceded byas Mistress of the Robes Swedish order of precedence
as former Speaker of the Riksdag
Succeeded byas former Speaker of the Riksdag