Gustaf Åkerhielm

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Gustaf Åkerhielm
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6th Prime Minister of Sweden
In office
12 October 1889 – 10 July 1891
(1 year, 271 days)
Monarch Oscar II
Preceded by Gillis Bildt
Succeeded by Erik Gustaf Boström
Personal details
Born (1833-06-24)24 June 1833
Klara (Stockholm)
Died 2 April 1900(1900-04-02) (aged 66)
Stockholm
Political party Protectionist Majority Party

Friherre Johan Gustaf Nils Samuel Åkerhielm of Margaretelund (July 24, 1833 – April 2, 1900) was a politician, a baron, a landowner, member of the Riksdag from 1859 to 1866 and from 1870 to 1900, a Minister of Finance from 1874 to 1875, a Minister for Foreign Affairs in 1889, and a Prime Minister from 1889 to 1891.

He was married to Ulrika Gyldenstolpe in 1860, with whom he had three children.

Biography[edit]

Gustaf Åkerhielm was born in Stockholm, son to Swedish cabinet member Gustaf Fredrik Åkerhielm and his wife, Elisabeth Sophia Anker. After diplomatic service in Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen, he had a successful political career, where he had a long succession of different positions in the government from a Minister of Finance from 1874 to 1875. In 1889 he was appointed to the position of Minister for Foreign Affairs by Gillis Bildt, and in October of the same year, he became the Prime Minister of Sweden.

Åkerhielm sought to solve military defense issues, but his efforts were blocked because of opposition in the Lower House of the Swedish Parliament. However, he was able to remain in power due to support he had in the Upper House. In 1891, he was forced nevertheless to resign after an incautious reply to a question about defense, which was interpreted as threat against Norway. The exact wording of his statement was unclear, but those who were present said the statement was, more or less, that "a new order for the Army will allow us to speak Swedish with Norwegians."

He died on April 2, 1900 in Stockholm.

Political offices
Preceded by
Gillis Bildt
Prime Minister of Sweden
12 October 1889 –10 July 1891
Succeeded by
Erik Gustaf Boström