Upper Secondary School Business Diploma (1967). Training in the field of public administration, public finance, IT (1969-2004). Bank employee (1967). Accountant, public prosecutions department (1967-1974). Office secretary, municipal administration (1974-2004).
Chair of the Vänsterpartiet (Left Party) in Kronoberg County (1996-2004); member of the Vänsterpartiet's executive (since 1998); political secretary of the Vänsterpartiet in Kronoberg County Council (1995-2004). Member of the Board of the SKTF, section 26 (1978-1990); union representative for the SKTF (1990-1995).
Council member for the Social Democrats (1976-1992);
member of Kronoberg County Council (1995-2004).
Member of the European Parliament (2004-2009).
Member of the executive of the Swedish Tenants' Association (1996-2004); chair of the Tenants' Association for the Småland region (1998-2004). Member of the national reference group for the inquiry into violence against women (1998-2002). Chair of the People's Movement No to the EU, Sweden (1992-2001); Vice-Chair of the People's Movement No to the EU, Sweden (since 2001).
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