1949 – Hans Göran Persson was born 20th of January in Vingåker in Södermanland, Sweden.
1972-1975 – Worked for the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (SSU), and was a member of the national board.
– Served as a city council politician at the small municipality of Katrineholm.
1979 – Elected Member of Parliament.
1985-1989 – Served as Municipal Commissioner (kommunalråd) of Katrineholm.
1989-1991 – Minister of Schools in the Ministry of Education.
1994 – Served as Swedish finance minister.
1996 – Chosen over Mona Sahlin, the Deputy Prime Minister, to lead the country after Carlsson retired.