Carl Bildt

Politician + Diplomat + Former Prime Minister
Born Jul 15, 1949

Nils Daniel Carl Bildt, KCMG is a Swedish politician and diplomat who was Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994 and leader of the liberal conservative Moderate Party from 1986 to 1999. He has served as Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs since 6 October 2006.… Read More

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1949 Birth Bildt was born on 15 July 1949 in Halmstad, Halland, to an old Norwegian-Danish-Swedish noble family traditionally domiciled in Bohus county. … Read More
1952 2 Years Old Carl Bildt's brother, Nils, was born in 1952.


1968 18 Years Old Bildt attended Stockholm University, studying political science and political economy, but never graduated. In May 1968 Bildt opposed the occupation of the Student Union Building by leftist political forces and co-founded the Borgerliga Studenter – Opposition '68 group which went on to win the Student Union elections in Stockholm for a number of years. … Read More


1974 24 Years Old Bildt was married to Kerstin Zetterberg from 1974–75; to Mia Bohman (daughter of former Moderate party leader and Minister of Economy, Gösta Bohman) from 1984–97; and, since 1998, to Anna Maria Corazza. … Read More
1976 26 Years Old When the non-socialist formed government in 1976, Bildt served as the head of the Policy Coordinating Office in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and close collaborator to the party leader and Minister of Economy Gösta Bohman.
1979 29 Years Old Bildt became a Member of Parliament in 1979, although he served instead as State Secretary for Policy Coordination in the reformed non-socialist government after that election.


1982 32 Years Old As an MP in the early eighties, he became noted as an incisive and combative debater on foreign affairs. He was a member of the Submarine Defence Commission investigating the 1982 incursions of foreign submarines in the Stockholm archipelago and naval base areas, and often found himself pitted against prime minister Olof Palme.
1986 36 Years Old Bildt was elected leader of the Moderate Party in 1986, succeeding Ulf Adelsohn.


1990 40 Years Old Long a champion of European integration and Sweden's participation in this, negotiating membership in the European Union was a priority for the Bildt premiership. The preceding Social Democratic government had, as part of an emergency economic crisis package in the autumn of 1990, done a sudden U-turn, abandoned its previous opposition and in the summer of 1991 submitted a formal application for membership in the EU.
In 1991, the Social Democrats were defeated by a four-party coalition led by Bildt's Moderate Party.
Bildt was an early champion of the internet and information technologies. He led the first IT Commission in 1994, and in that year also had the first exchange of emails between two heads of government with US President Bill Clinton. … Read More
1995 45 Years Old After his term as prime minister, Bildt was active as a mediator in the Balkans conflict, serving as the European Union Special Envoy to Former Yugoslavia from June 1995, co-chairman of the Dayton Peace Conference in November 1995, and High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from December 1995 to June 1997 immediately after the Bosnian War.
1999 49 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1999 to 2001, he served as the United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Balkans. … Read More


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2005 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In the same year, he also started a weekly electronic newsletter which was active until 2005.
2006 57 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Bildt served as Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs from October 2006 to October 2014. … Read More
2007 58 Years Old 1 More Event
His current blog, started in January 2007, is one of the most widely read political blogs in Sweden.


He lost his post after the 2014 general election, and moved on to become a board member of the International Crisis Group. … Read More
2015 66 Years Old On Mid May 2015 Bildt was appointed to Ukraine's International Advisory Council on Reforms.The group consisting of several foreign advisors to President Petro Poroshenko, aims to improve security and economy in the country which has been ravaged by armed conflict in its Eastern part. … Read More
2016 67 Years Old He served as Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance that concluded its two-year work and produced its report in June 2016. … Read More
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