Annika Billström, former Mayor of Stockholm

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Annika Billström
former Mayor of Stockholm

29 November 2003: Annika Billström was elected Mayor of Sweden’s capital city Stockholm in October 2002. Following her election, the new Mayor, who leads a coalition administration of Social Democrats and Greens, said that she would continue to strengthen Stockholm’ position in Sweden and in Europe by pursuing a policy of development, fairness and ecological sustainability. ?Today Stockholm enjoys a strong position internationally and, with its location on the Baltic Sea, is a bridge between eastern and western Europe,? the Mayor told City Mayors.

October 2006 update: Annika Billström Social Democrats lost the September 2006 Stockholm elections. The city's new mayor is Axin Olén from the centre-right Moderate party.

Annika Billström was born in 1956 in northern Sweden. At the age of 19, she moved to Stockholm to work as an assistant treasurer at the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party. Her childhood experience taught her that, sometimes, life can be really hard. ?That experience gave me a strong will to help. For me come is natural that we, as a society, have to support those individuals who are facing hard times. We also have to take joint responsibility to ensure that every person receives the best possible start in life, no matter his of her background,? the Mayor explained.

As Mayor of Stockholm, Annika Billström pursues a policy of growth and development for the Swedish capital. She believes that the city has an opportunity to attract new businesses from within and outside Sweden and to develop into one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.

But the Mayor stresses that development will be carried out within a framework of fairness. She told City Mayors that during her term of office her administration will be investing billions of kronor in education and care for the elderly. Mrs Billström has also announced the building of 20,000 affordable housing units. Stockholm’s already excellent public transport system will be expanded further. The Mayor is also keen to transform the city into a ecologically sustainable metropolis. Together with other cities, Annika Billström is keen to promote strong local government in Sweden, Europe and the rest of the world.

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