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Swedish Social Democratic Youth League
The Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (Sveriges Socialdemokratiska Ungdomsförbund, abbreviated SSU) is a social democratic youth organisation in Sweden, affiliated with the Swedish Social Democratic Party and the Swedish Trade Union Confederation.
The Social Democratic Youth League was formed in 1917, after that the previous social democratic youth organization, Socialdemokratiska Ungdomsförbundet (SDUF, Social Democratic Youth League) broke with the party and formed Sverges Socialdemokratiska Vänsterparti (Social Democratic Left Party of Sweden), that would (after several splits and name changes) eventually become the Left Party of today.
Many Swedish Social Democratic politicians have started their political path in the organisation, including Olof Palme, Ingvar Carlsson, Bosse Ringholm and Anna Lindh. Younger politicians that have followed their path from the youth league into the Cabinet are Morgan Johansson , Lena Hallengren and Ibrahim Baylan .
With more than 25,000 members, the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League is the country's largest political youth organisation. The members form local clubs, but also belongs to a municipal organisation (SSU-kommun) that are grouped together in regional organisations, in general following the county subdivisions, with the exceptions Stockholm County (two districts) and Västra Götaland County (five districts).
- Harry Svensson (1917-1919)
- Bertil Eriksson (1919-1922)
- Rickard Lindström (1922-1928)
- Adolf Wallentheim (1928-1934)
- Torsten Nilsson (1934-1940)
- Ossian Sehlstedt (1940-1943)
- Bertil Johansson (1943-1946)
- Frans Nilsson (1946-1952)
- Bertil Löfberg (1952-1958)
- Curt Ward (1958-1961)
- Ingvar Carlsson (1961-1967)
- Bosse Ringholm (1967-1972)
- Lars Engqvist (1972-1978)
- Jan Nygren (1978-1984)
- Anna Lindh (1984-1990)
- Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson (1990-1995)
- Niklas Nordström (1995-1999)
- Mikael Damberg (1999-2003)
- Ardalan Shekarabi (2003-)
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