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.
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