GW is a Swedish historian and diplomat. He has served in the Ministry of Finance and as a director of Svenska Kommunförbundet. He has written several books on history and economy and on controversial political issues. He attracted interest with his proposal for a Nordic federation, published as the 2010 yearbook of Nordiska Rådet. At present, he is head of the research and policy department of Saco (the Swedish confederation of professional associations).
CURRICULUM VITAE - GUNNAR WETTERBERG
Born 1953 in Malmö, Sweden. Married to Desirée Johansson, landscape architect, born 1954. Children: Jörgen, born 1979; Jon, born 1981; Karin, born 1992; Klas, born 1994.
Master of Arts, University of Lund, 1975.
Majors in History, Russian, and Social Sciences.
The Army School of Interpreters, 1973/74.
1975- Attaché, Foreign Service.
1976 Second Secretary, Department for International Development Co-operation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
1977 Second Secretary, Swedish Embassy, Hanoi
1978-79 Second Secretary, Department for International Development Co-operation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (UN, OECD)
1979-82 Head of Section, National Audit Bureau
1983-85 First Secretary, Swedish Delegation to the United Nations, Geneva (UNCTAD)
1985-86 Head of Section, Department for Administrative Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
1986-87 Secretary, The Expert Group on Public Finance (ESO), Ministry of Finance
1987-88 Special Counsellor, Ministry of Agriculture
1988-90 Executive Secretary, The Expert Group on Public Finance (ESO), Ministry of Finance
1990-95 Assistant Under-Secretary, Head of Division for Structural Policy, Ministry of Finance
1995-99 Director, Swedish Association of Local Authorities (responsible for economic affairs and labour relations)
1999- Head of Policy Department, Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations
2009 Dr h c, Lund University
2010, Fellow, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Alternatives in Agricultural Policy, 1988
How can we afford to get old? 1989
The New Society. On the Options of the Public Sector, 1991 (rev. ed. 1995), also available in Russian
Medium-Term Economic Survey of Sweden, 1992, also available in English
History Never Repeats Itself, 1994
Medium-Term Economic Survey of Sweden, 1995, also available in English
The Municipalities, 1997 (rev. ed. 2000)
Next Sweden, 1998
What Every 50-Year Old Shold Know About the Future, 2000
The Chancellor. Axel Oxenstierna and His Time 1-2 (2002)
Living 17th Century (2003)
Labour – the Basis of Welfare (2004)
Local Self-Government (2004)
Arvid Horn (2006)
After the Baby-Boomers (2008)
Money and Power. The Swedish Riksbank (2009)
The United Nordic Federation (2010)
Articles and essays on history and economics
Member of several Government Commissions.
Swedish Delegate to meetings, committees and working groups in the UN, the OECD, and the European Union since the 1970's.