Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson
Deputy President

Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson was elected President at the 27th Ordinary LO Congress in May 2012 and stepped down in May 2020. He served as the 14th LO President since its foundation in 1898.

Karl-Petter was born in 1964 in Kosta in southern Sweden, where he grew up and also had his first job.

At an early age he became engaged in the Social Democratic Youth League (SSU), and between 1990 and 1995 he was Chair of the organisation at national level.

Having completed his term, he worked as an expert in the Prime Minister’s Office followed by a position as Head of Communications at the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party.

Karl-Petter was active in IF Metall at local level in the late 1980s, and in 1999 he was employed as a national officer by IF Metall, where he was responsible, inter alia, for trade union political issues.

He was also President of the Workers’ Educational Association (ABF) between 2000 and 2012 and from 2005 Vice President of the International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations.

At the LO headquarters, his primary responsibilities were for the overall activities of LO as well as issues concerning labour market and educational policy, economic policy, international trade union work, migration, public opinion and equality matters.

Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson considers unemployment to be the most acute issue to tackle, and he works actively for developing measures to create employment. Other important issues to deal with include the rate of organisation and the popular movement as a means to increase individuals’ possibility to exert influence in society.

Karl-Petter is devoted, with a strong mandate from the LO, to strengthen the international trade union movement as Deputy President of the ITUC.

As well as his ITUC responsibilities, Karl-Petter is the President of Fairtrade Sweden and serves as the President of Folksam, Sweden’s leading insurance company.