Prominent Social Democrat named head of Svenska Spel

Prominent Social Democrat named head of Svenska Spel
Margareta Winberg, a former Social Democratic Deputy Prime Minister, has been named the new chair of Svenksa Spel, Sweden’s state-owned gaming operation.

“With the change in leadership we want to clarify the direction of Svenska Spel’s work. With Margareta Winberg as chair, we can strengthen (the organization’s) concentration on social responsibility and public health,” said Minister of Finance Anders Borg in a statement.

The government said it wants to counteract gaming’s damaging effects. In December, a government gaming commission will present suggestions on how to make the gaming industry more socially responsible.

Winberg has a long career in Social Democratic politics, having served most recently as Sweden’s ambassador to Brazil from 2003 to 2007. She also held several positions in the government of Göran Persson, including Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture, and Minister for Equality.

Winberg was first elected to the Riksdag in 1981.