Klara Malström

Klara Malström

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24th Chancellor of Svaldheim
Assumed office
22 May 2014
PresidentEmil Lundell
Preceded byStefan Henriksson
19th Leader of the Opposition
In office
2 August 2011 – 22 May 2014
Preceded byJulian Heidenstam
Succeeded byStefan Henriksson
16th Leader of the Social Democratic and Co-operative Party
Assumed office
2 August 2011
DeputySandeep Sangra
Preceded byJulian Heidenstam
Minister for Transport
In office
11 February 2003 – 7 April 2005
ChancellorJulian Heidenstam
Preceded byRobert Karlsson
Succeeded byKarl Louger
Member of the Högting for the Social Democratic and Co-operative Party List
Assumed office
19 July 2001
Personal details
Klara Carina Rosa Malström

(1979-11-24) November 24, 1979 (age 40)
Linby, Svaldheim
Political partySKP
Domestic partnerMattias Dahl
Alma materValhamn School of Economics

Klara Carina Rosa Malström (born 24 November 1979) is a Svaldish politician serving as the 24th Chancellor of Svaldheim since 22 May 2014, also having served as Leader of the Social Democratic and Co-operative Party since 2 August 2011. Malström was first elected to the Högting in the 2001 election, and has served as a member since.

Born in Linby, Malström studied sociology and politics at the Valhamn School of Economics. She was elected President of the SKP Club during her second semester, and was considered an influential figure in student politics at the institution. She graduated with honours in 2000, and became heavily involved in the Social Democratic and Co-operative Party at a national level.

In the following 2001 election she was selected to replace sitting member Fingal Petersson, and was subsequently the final member of the SKP list to be elected. Her maiden speech, which focused on period poverty, received widespread praise.

Following the resignation of Chancellor Leon Eriksson, Malström was brought onto the front bench, serving as Minister for Transport in the Heidenstam government, overseeing investment in the nation's rail network. She resigned her post in April 2005 in protest of government proposals to privatise the network. Following the SKP's defeat in the 2007 election, Malström continued to occupy a number of minor Shadow Cabinet positions, before initiating a leadership challenge against Heidenstam in the aftermath of the 2011 election.

Malström was elected as Leader of the Social Democratic and Co-operative Party in 2011, and subsequently became Leader of the Opposition. Following the exposure of Chancellor Casper Blomstedt's affair, Malström infamously quipped that "it wasn't only the country he was fucking over", which was captured by a microphone nearby. Initially considered a gaffe, the quote was seen to improve Malström's own approval ratings, while Blomstedt was forced out of office by Stefan Henriksson.

In the 2014 election, Malström attacked Henriksson as "an unelected apparatchik", and successfully campaigned on a message of reversing austerity policies. In the aftermath, Malström formed a coalition government with the Civic Alliance, and initiated her key campaign points; investing in public services, nationalising rail and instituting widespread social reforms.

The Social Democrats subsequently returned to power following the 2018 election with a majority, on pledges to invest in infrastructure, restructure the education system and increase contributions to HALSAT.

Malström describes herself as a progressive and a social democrat, and is considered on the soft left of the SKP. She has been praised for improving the fortunes of the SKP, for her wit and for her foreign policy endeavours. She has been criticised from the left for unambitious spending plans, from the right for alleged radicalism, and has been criticised for her handling of ethnic tensions in Saalivoq.