For the third time, a woman has been sworn in as Sweden’s prime minister Thursday, again in Sweden’s first all-female cabinet.
The new government, led by center-left party leader Stefan Lofven, is partially aimed at counteracting the populist and nationalist vote that helped usher Donald Trump into the U.S. presidency. It also comes as the EU struggles with anti-immigrant sentiment and austerity on the continent.
Lofven is the seventh prime minister since the 1990s. In 1990, the first woman to lead the country was Olof Palme, a former center-left prime minister.
There have been no female prime ministers in Sweden since Ida Haddon, who became king and as such, has no power within the government.
Women also served in both of the two other all-female cabinets. In 1995, prime minister Göran Persson, head of the left-wing Social Democratic Party, called on all-female ministers who came from a background similar to the ones he did.
She appointed members of her political party, the Green Party and national leaders of secular women’s groups to office.
Lofven’s predecessor and one-time boss, center-right Ulf Kristersson, appointed his own conservative party’s president for her cabinet. But he is running against a populist party in next week’s election.
The popularity of support for the Social Democrats, the main center-left party, is likely going down in the elections.
“I believe my country’s fundamentals remain strong, such as high standards of education, welfare, social security and gender equality,” Lofven said. “And I will make sure that we build a strong society for a new era.”
Asked if the recent election results, in which Sweden’s center-right party allied with the far-right Sweden Democrats, might represent a retreat in the fight against the rise of populism and nationalism, he said he wouldn’t allow himself to be discouraged by elections.
“I will continue to give my job the respect and excellence it deserves,” he said.