Hansson III Cabinet

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The third cabinet of Per Albin Hansson was the cabinet of Sweden between 13 December 1939 and 31 July 1945. It consisted of members from the Social Democratic Party, the Farmers' League, the People's Party and the National Organization of the Right.

It was a grand coalition formed for reasons of national stability during World War II, and its constituent parties represented 219 out of the 230 seats in the Parliament of Sweden since the 1936 general election. Two parties of the 1936–1940 parliament were kept out of the government, the pro-Soviet Communist Party and the Socialist Party, which veered between Communist and Nazi positions, and lost its parliamentary representation in 1940. After the 1940 general election, the government represented 227 out of the 230 seats in parliament, and after 1944 general election, 215 out of 230.

After the end of World War II, the coalition government was dissolved on 31 July 1945, and was replaced by a government consisting only of social democrat ministers, as this party held 115 out of 230 seats in parliament.

Ministers[edit]

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister,
Head of the Prime Minister's Office
  Per Albin Hansson 13 December 1939 31 July 1945 Social Democratic
Ministry of Justice
Minister for Justice,
Head of the Ministry of Justice
  Karl Gustaf Westman 13 December 1939 30 August 1943 Farmers' League
  Thorwald Bergquist 30 August 1943 31 July 1945 People's
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  Christian Günther 13 December 1939 31 July 1945 Independent
Ministry of Defence
Minister for Defence,
Head of the Ministry of Defence
  Per Edvin Sköld 13 December 1939 31 July 1945 Social Democratic
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Minister for Health and Social Affairs,
Head of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
  Gustav Möller 13 December 1939 31 July 1945 Social Democratic
Ministry for Communications
Minister for Communications,
Head of the Ministry of Communications
  Gustaf Andersson in Rasjön 13 December 1939 30 September 1944 People's
  Fritiof Domö 30 September 1944 31 July 1945 National Organization
Ministry of Finance
Minister for Finance,
Head of the Ministry of Finance
  Ernst Wigforss 13 December 1939 31 July 1945 Social Democratic
Ministry of Education and Ecclesiastical Affairs
Ministry of Education and Ecclesiastical Affairs,
Head of the Ministry of Education and Ecclesiastical Affairs
  Gösta Bagge 13 December 1939 15 December 1944 National Organization
  Georg Andrén 15 December 1944 31 July 1945 National Organization
Ministry of Agriculture
Minister for Agriculture,
Head of the Ministry of Agriculture
  Axel Pehrsson-Bramstorp 13 December 1939 31 July 1945 Farmers' League
Ministry of Enterprise
Minister of Enterprise,
Head of the Ministry of Enterprise
  Fritiof Domö 13 December 1939 7 March 1941 National Organization
  Herman Eriksson 7 March 1941 30 September 1944 Social Democratic
  Bertil Ohlin 30 September 1944 31 July 1945 People's
Ministry of Management of the Economy
Minister for Management of the Economy,
Head of the Ministry of Management of the Economy
  Herman Eriksson 13 December 1939 7 March 1941 Social Democratic
  Axel Gjöres 7 March 1941 31 July 1945 Social Democratic
Ministers without portfolio
Law consult   Nils Quensel 13 December 1939 11 October 1940 Independent
  Edgar Rosander 11 October 1940 30 September 1944 Independent
  Gunnar Danielson 30 September 1944 31 July 1945 Social Democratic
Law consult   Thorwald Bergquist 13 December 1939 30 August 1943 People's
  Nils Quensel 30 August 1943 31 July 1945 Independent
Minister of Fuel   Fritiof Domö 7 March 1941 30 September 1944 National Organization
  Axel Rubbestad 30 September 1944 31 July 1945 Farmers' League
Minister without of portfolio in questions
regarding Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Defence
  Knut G. Ewerlöf 7 March 1941 31 July 1945 National Organization
Minister of Civil Affairs   Axel Rubbestad 30 August 1943 30 September 1944 Farmers' League
Minister of Civil Affairs and Deputy Minister for Health and Social Affairs   Tage Erlander 30 September 1944 31 July 1945 Social Democratic
The newly formed government assembled at Stockholm Palace in December 1939. From left to right: Bagge, Andersson, Bergquist, Möller, Westman, Quensel, Günther, Domö, Hansson (carrying a briefcase), Wigforss, Sköld, Pehrsson-Bramstorp, Eriksson.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Hansson II
Cabinet of Sweden
1939–1945
Succeeded by
Hansson IV