Minister for Foreign Affairs (Sweden)

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Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Statsråd och chef för utrikesdepartementet
Lilla riksvapnet - Riksarkivet Sverige.png
Margot Wahlstrom Sveriges EU-kommissionar.jpg
Incumbent
Margot Wallström

since 3 October 2014
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Style Excellency
was used up to the 1970s in Sweden; but is still used in diplomatic writing[1]
Member of The Government
Seat Arvfurstens palats, Stockholm, Sweden
Appointer The Prime Minister
Term length No fixed term
Serves as long as the Prime Minister sees fit
Formation 20 March 1876
First holder Oscar Björnstjerna
Deputy State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Website www.sweden.gov.se

The Minister for Foreign Affairs (Swedish: utrikesminister) is the foreign minister of Sweden and the head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The current Minister for Foreign Affairs is Margot Wallström of the Social Democrats.

History[edit]

The office was instituted in 1809 as a result of the constitutional Instrument of Government promulgated in the same year. Until 1876 the office was called Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs (Swedish: statsminister för utrikes ärendena, commonly known as utrikesstatsminister), similar to the office of Prime Minister for Justice (Swedish: justitiestatsminister). The Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs initially served as head of the Cabinet of Foreign Mail Exchange at the Royal Office. Following the ministry reform in 1840, the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs became head of the newly instituted Ministry for Foreign Affairs. In 1876 the office proper of Prime Minister of Sweden was created and at the same time the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs was nominally demoted to a mere Minister. The holder of the office did however continue to be styled as "Your excellency", until 1974 when the new Instrument of Government came into force. Before the parliamentary breakthrough in the early 20th century, that title had been granted exclusively to members of the most prominent noble families.

Office holders[edit]

Prime Ministers for Foreign Affairs (1809–1876)[edit]

Swedish Cabinet Holding Parties - Color key:
Name Took office Left office Political party
Lars von Engeström 9 June 1809 8 June 1824 Independent
Gustaf af Wetterstedt 8 June 1824 15 May 1837 Independent
Adolf Mörner (acting) 15 May 1837 30 January 1838 Independent
Gustaf Algernon Stierneld 30 January 1838 11 July 1842 Independent
Albrecht Elof Ihre (acting) 5 September 1840 29 December 1842 Independent
Albrecht Elof Ihre 29 December 1842 10 April 1848 Independent
Gustaf Algernon Stierneld 10 April 1848 8 September 1856 Independent
Elias Lagerheim 8 September 1856 16 March 1858 Independent
Christofer Rutger Ludvig Manderström 16 March 1858 4 June 1868 Independent
Carl Wachtmeister 4 June 1868 14 October 1871 Independent
Baltzar von Platen 10 November 1871 17 December 1872 Independent
Oscar Björnstjerna 17 December 1872 20 March 1876 Independent

Ministers for Foreign Affairs (1876–present)[edit]

Parties

Status

  Denotes acting Minister for Foreign Affairs
No. Portrait Minister
(Born–Died)
Tenure Political party Cabinet
Took office Left office Duration
1 How do you do Mistress Martin?. Fritz von Dardel - Nordiska Museet - NMA.0037320.jpg Oscar Björnstjerna
(1819–1905)
20 March 1876 19 April 1880 4 years, 30 days Independent De Geer Sr. (II)
2 Carl Hochschild
(1831–1898)
27 April 1880 25 September 1885 5 years, 151 days Independent Posse
Thyselius
3 CarlAlbertEhrensvärd.jpg Albert Ehrensvärd the Elder
(1821–1901)
25 September 1885 12 June 1889 3 years, 260 days Independent Themptander
Gillis Bildt
4 Gustaf Åkerhielm.jpg Gustaf Åkerhielm
(1833–1900)
12 June 1889 12 October 1889 0 years, 122 days Protectionist Party
5 Utmin Carl Lewenhaupt.JPG Carl Lewenhaupt
(1835–1906)
12 October 1889 1 June 1895 5 years, 232 days Independent Åkerhielm
Boström (I)
6 Ludvig Douglas 1913.JPG Ludvig Douglas
(1849–1916)
1 June 1895 13 October 1899 4 years, 134 days Independent
7 Utmin A. Lagerheim 1959.JPG Alfred Lagerheim
(1843–1924)
20 December 1899 7 December 1904 4 years, 353 days Lantmanna Party von Otter
Boström (II)
8 August Gyldenstolpe
(1849–1928)
22 December 1904 2 August 1905 0 years, 223 days Independent Ramstedt
9 Wachtmeister, Fredrik i VJ 8 1916.jpg Fredrik Wachtmeister
(1855–1919)
2 August 1905 7 November 1905 0 years, 97 days Protectionist Party Lundeberg
10 Eric Trolle 1936.JPG Eric Trolle
(1863–1934)
7 November 1905 17 March 1909 3 years, 130 days Independent Staaff (I)
Lindman (I)
11 Arvid Taube
(1853–1916)
30 April 1909 7 October 1911 2 years, 160 days General Electoral League
12 Ehrensvärd, Albert (Adelskalendern 1913).jpg Albert Ehrensvärd the Younger
(1867–1940)
7 October 1911 17 February 1914 2 years, 133 days Liberal Coalition Party Staaff (I)
13 KnutWallenberg.jpg Knut Wallenberg
(1853–1938)
17 February 1914 30 March 1917 3 years, 41 days National Party Hammarskjöld
14 Arvid Lindman.jpg Arvid Lindman
(1862–1936)
30 March 1917 19 October 1917 0 years, 203 days General Electoral League Swartz
15 Johannes Hellner.jpg Johannes Hellner
(1866–1947)
19 October 1917 10 March 1920 2 years, 143 days Liberal Coalition Party Edén
16 Palmstierna2.jpg Erik Palmstierna
(1877–1959)
10 March 1920 27 October 1920 0 years, 231 days Social Democrats Branting (I)
17 Anton Magnus Herman Wrangel - from Svenskt Porträttgalleri II.png Herman Wrangel
(1857–1934)
27 October 1920 13 October 1921 0 years, 351 days Independent De Geer Jr.
von Sydow
18 Hjalmar branting stor bild.jpg Hjalmar Branting
(1860–1925)
13 October 1921 19 April 1923 1 year, 188 days Social Democrats Branting (II)
19 Carl Hederstierna 1913.JPG Carl Hederstierna
(1861–1928)
19 April 1923 11 November 1923 0 years, 206 days General Electoral League Trygger
20 E Th Marks von Würtemberg hågkomst.JPG Erik Marks von Würtemberg
(1861–1937)
11 November 1923 18 October 1924 0 years, 342 days General Electoral League
21 Östen Undén - Sveriges styresmän.jpg Östen Undén
(1886–1974)
18 October 1924 7 June 1926 1 year, 232 days Social Democrats Branting (III)
Sandler
22 Eliel Löfgren 1929.JPG Eliel Löfgren
(1872–1940)
7 June 1926 2 October 1928 2 years, 117 days Liberal Party Ekman (I)
23 Ernst Trygger, prime minister of Sweden.jpg Ernst Trygger
(1857–1943)
2 October 1928 7 June 1930 1 year, 248 days National Party Lindman (II)
24 Fredrik Ramel - Sveriges styresmän.jpg Fredrik Ramel
(1872–1947)
7 June 1930 24 September 1932 2 years, 109 days Independent Ekman (II)
Hamrin
25 Rickard Sandler - Sveriges styresmän.jpg Rickard Sandler
(1884–1964)
24 September 1932 19 June 1936 3 years, 269 days Social Democrats Hansson (I)
26 Karl Gustaf Westman - Sveriges styresmän.jpg Karl Gustaf Westman
(1876–1944)
19 June 1936 28 September 1936 0 years, 101 days Farmer's League Pehrsson-Bramstorp
27 Rickard Sandler - Sveriges styresmän.jpg Rickard Sandler
(1884–1964)
28 September 1936 13 December 1939 3 years, 76 days Social Democrats Hansson (II)
28 Press photo of Christian Günther 1940.jpg Christian Günther
(1886–1966)
13 December 1939 31 July 1945 5 years, 230 days Independent Hansson (III)
29 Östen Undén - Sveriges styresmän.jpg Östen Undén
(1886–1974)
31 July 1945 19 September 1962 17 years, 50 days Social Democrats Hansson (IV)
Erlander (I)
Erlander (II)
Erlander (III)
30 Torsten Nilsson.jpg Torsten Nilsson
(1905–1997)
19 September 1962 30 June 1971 8 years, 284 days Social Democrats Erlander (III)
Palme (I)
31 Krister Wickman
(1924–1993)
30 June 1971 3 November 1973 2 years, 126 days Social Democrats
32 Försvarsminister Sven Andersson.jpg Sven Andersson
(1910–1987)
3 November 1973 8 October 1976 2 years, 340 days Social Democrats
33 Karin Söder 2012 02.jpg Karin Söder
(born 1928)
8 October 1976 18 October 1978 2 years, 10 days Centre Party Fälldin (I)
33 Hans Blix in Vienna 2002.jpg Hans Blix
(born 1928)
18 October 1978 12 October 1979 0 years, 359 days People's Party Ullsten
34 Ola Ullsten.JPG Ola Ullsten
(born 1931)
12 October 1979 8 October 1982 2 years, 361 days People's Party Fälldin (II)
Fälldin (III)
35 Lennart Bodström
(born 1928)
8 October 1982 17 October 1985 3 years, 9 days Social Democrats Palme (II)
36 Sten Andersson
(1923–2006)
17 October 1985 4 October 1991 5 years, 352 days Social Democrats Palme (II)
Carlsson (I)
Carlsson (II)
37 Margaretha af Ugglas
(born 1939)
4 October 1991 7 October 1994 3 years, 3 days Moderate Party Carl Bildt
38 Lena Hjelm-Wallén
(born 1943)
7 October 1994 7 October 1998 4 years, 0 days Social Democrats Carlsson (III)
Persson
39 Annalindh.jpg Anna Lindh
(1957–2003)
7 October 1998 11 September 2003 † 4 years, 339 days Social Democrats
Jan O. Karlsson
(born 1939)
11 September 2003 10 October 2003 0 years, 29 days Social Democrats
40 Laila Freivalds.jpg Laila Freivalds
(born 1942)
10 October 2003 21 March 2006 2 years, 162 days Social Democrats
Bosse ringholm sep2006.jpg Bo Ringholm
(born 1942)
21 March 2006 27 March 2006 0 years, 6 days Social Democrats
Carin Jämtin (cropped).jpg Carin Jämtin
(born 1964)
27 March 2006 24 April 2006 0 years, 28 days Social Democrats
41 Jan Eliasson at Tällberg Forum 2009 cropped.jpg Jan Eliasson
(born 1940)
24 April 2006 6 October 2006 0 years, 165 days Social Democrats
42 Carl Bildt under nationaldagsfirande vid Skansen 2009.jpg Carl Bildt
(born 1949)
6 October 2006 3 October 2014 7 years, 362 days Moderate Party Reinfeldt
42 Margot Wahlstrom Sveriges EU-kommissionar.jpg Margot Wallström
(born 1954)
3 October 2014 0 years, 29 days Social Democrats Löfven

Statistics[edit]

# Minister for Foreign Affairs Date of birth Age at ascension
(first term)
Time in office
(total)
Age at retirement
(last term)
Date of death Longevity
1 Björnstjerna, OscarOscar Björnstjerna (1819-03-06)March 6, 1819 57 014 !57 years, 14 days 04 030 !4 years, 30 days 61 044 !61 years, 44 days September 2, 1905(1905-09-02) 31,591 !86 years, 180 days
2 Hochschild, CarlCarl Hochschild (1831-09-13)September 13, 1831 48 227 !48 years, 227 days 05 151 !5 years, 151 days 54 012 !54 years, 12 days December 12, 1898(1898-12-12) 24,562 !67 years, 90 days
3 Ehrensvärd, Sr., AlbertAlbert Ehrensvärd, Sr. (1821-01-10)January 10, 1821 64 258 !64 years, 258 days 03 260 !3 years, 260 days 68 153 !68 years, 153 days January 31, 1901(1901-01-31) 29,240 !80 years, 21 days
4 Åkerhielm, GustafGustaf Åkerhielm (1833-06-24)June 24, 1833 55 353 !55 years, 353 days 00 122 !0 years, 122 days 56 110 !56 years, 110 days April 2, 1900(1900-04-02) 24,388 !66 years, 282 days
5 Lewenhaupt, CarlCarl Lewenhaupt (1835-03-19)March 19, 1835 54 207 !54 years, 207 days 05 232 !5 years, 232 days 60 074 !60 years, 74 days December 10, 1906(1906-12-10) 26,198 !71 years, 266 days
6 Douglas, LudvigLudvig Douglas (1849-11-24)November 24, 1849 45 189 !45 years, 189 days 04 134 !4 years, 134 days 49 323 !49 years, 323 days July 20, 1916(1916-07-20) 24,344 !66 years, 239 days
7 Lagerheim, AlfredAlfred Lagerheim (1843-10-04)October 4, 1843 56 077 !56 years, 77 days 04 353 !4 years, 353 days 61 064 !61 years, 64 days May 23, 1924(1924-05-23) 29,451 !80 years, 232 days
8 Gyldenstolpe, AugustAugust Gyldenstolpe (1849-07-22)July 22, 1849 55 153 !55 years, 153 days 00 223 !0 years, 223 days 56 011 !56 years, 11 days June 30, 1928(1928-06-30) 28,832 !78 years, 344 days
9 Wachtmeister, FredrikFredrik Wachtmeister (1855-02-10)February 10, 1855 50 173 !50 years, 173 days 00 097 !0 years, 97 days 50 270 !50 years, 270 days September 6, 1919(1919-09-06) 23,583 !64 years, 208 days
10 Trolle, EricEric Trolle (1863-09-23)September 23, 1863 41 349 !41 years, 349 days 03 130 !3 years, 130 days 45 114 !45 years, 114 days April 21, 1934(1934-04-21) 25,777 !70 years, 149 days
11 Taube, ArvidArvid Taube (1853-01-19)January 19, 1853 56 101 !56 years, 101 days 02 160 !2 years, 160 days 58 261 !58 years, 261 days October 14, 1916(1916-10-14) 23,278 !63 years, 269 days
12 Ehrensvärd, Jr., AlbertAlbert Ehrensvärd, Jr. (1867-05-09)May 9, 1867 44 151 !44 years, 151 days 02 133 !2 years, 133 days 46 284 !46 years, 284 days March 6, 1940(1940-03-06) 26,599 !72 years, 302 days
13 Wallenberg, KnutKnut Wallenberg (1853-05-19)May 19, 1853 60 274 !60 years, 274 days 03 041 !3 years, 41 days 63 315 !63 years, 315 days June 1, 1938(1938-06-01) 31,058 !85 years, 13 days
14 Lindman, ArvidArvid Lindman (1862-09-19)September 19, 1862 46 055 !46 years, 55 days 00 203 !0 years, 203 days 48 198 !48 years, 198 days December 9, 1936(1936-12-09) 27,109 !74 years, 81 days
15 Hellner, JohannesJohannes Hellner (1866-04-22)April 22, 1866 51 180 !51 years, 180 days 02 143 !2 years, 143 days 53 323 !53 years, 323 days February 19, 1947(1947-02-19) 29,522 !80 years, 303 days
16 Palmstierna, ErikErik Palmstierna (1877-11-10)November 10, 1877 42 121 !42 years, 121 days 00 231 !0 years, 231 days 42 352 !42 years, 352 days October 22, 1959(1959-10-22) 29,930 !81 years, 346 days
17 Wrangel, HermanHerman Wrangel (1857-08-13)August 13, 1857 63 075 !63 years, 75 days 00 351 !0 years, 351 days 64 061 !64 years, 61 days October 9, 1934(1934-10-09) 28,180 !77 years, 57 days
18 Branting, HjalmarHjalmar Branting (1860-11-23)November 23, 1860 60 324 !60 years, 324 days 01 188 !1 year, 188 days 62 147 !62 years, 147 days February 24, 1925(1925-02-24) 23,468 !64 years, 93 days
19 Hederstierna, CarlCarl Hederstierna (1861-12-01)December 1, 1861 61 139 !61 years, 139 days 00 206 !0 years, 206 days 61 345 !61 years, 345 days November 17, 1928(1928-11-17) 24,457 !66 years, 352 days
20 Würtemberg, Erik Marks vonErik Marks von Würtemberg (1861-05-11)May 11, 1861 62 184 !62 years, 184 days 04 177 !0 years, 342 days 63 160 !63 years, 160 days July 22, 1937(1937-07-22) 27,830 !76 years, 72 days
21 Undén, ÖstenÖsten Undén (1886-08-25)August 25, 1886 38 054 !38 years, 54 days 18 282 !18 years, 282 days 76 025 !76 years, 25 days January 14, 1974(1974-01-14) 31,921 !87 years, 142 days
22 Löfgren, ElielEliel Löfgren (1872-03-15)March 15, 1872 54 082 !54 years, 84 days 02 117 !2 years, 117 days 56 201 !56 years, 201 days April 8, 1940(1940-04-08) 24,860 !68 years, 24 days
23 Trygger, ErnstErnst Trygger (1857-10-27)October 27, 1857 70 341 !70 years, 341 days 01 248 !1 years, 248 days 72 223 !72 years, 223 days September 23, 1943(1943-09-23) 31,376 !85 years, 331 days
24 Ramel, FredrikFredrik Ramel (1872-12-09)December 9, 1872 57 180 !57 years, 180 days 02 109 !2 years, 109 days 59 290 !59 years, 290 days October 30, 1947(1947-10-30) 27,352 !74 years, 325 days
25 Sandler, RickardRickard Sandler (1884-01-29)January 29, 1884 48 239 !48 years, 239 days 06 345 !6 years, 345 days 55 318 !55 years, 318 days November 12, 1964(1964-11-12) 29,507 !80 years, 288 days
26 Westman, Karl GustafKarl Gustaf Westman (1876-08-18)August 18, 1876 59 306 !59 years, 306 days 00 101 !0 years, 101 days 60 041 !60 years, 41 days January 24, 1944(1944-01-24) 24,629 !67 years, 159 days
27 Günther, ChristianChristian Günther (1886-12-05)December 5, 1886 53 008 !53 years, 8 days 05 230 !5 years, 230 days 58 238 !58 years, 238 days March 6, 1966(1966-03-06) 28,945 !79 years, 91 days
28 Nilsson, TorstenTorsten Nilsson (1905-04-01)April 1, 1905 57 171 !57 years, 171 days 08 284 !8 years, 284 days 69 090 !66 years, 90 days December 14, 1997(1997-12-14) 33,860 !92 years, 257 days
29 Wickman, KristerKrister Wickman (1924-04-13)April 13, 1924 47 078 !47 years, 78 days 02 126 !2 years, 126 days 49 204 !49 years, 204 days September 10, 1993(1993-09-10) 25,352 !69 years, 150 days
30 Andersson, SvenSven Andersson (1910-04-05)April 5, 1910 63 212 !63 years, 212 days 02 340 !2 years, 340 days 66 186 !66 years, 186 days September 21, 1987(1987-09-21) 28,293 !77 years, 169 days
31 Söder, KarinKarin Söder (1928-11-30)November 30, 1928 47 313 !47 years, 313 days 02 010 !2 years, 10 days 49 322 !49 years, 322 days Living 31,382 !85 years, 336 days (Living)
32 Blix, HansHans Blix (1928-06-28)June 28, 1928 50 112 !50 years, 112 days 00 359 !0 years, 359 days 51 106 !51 years, 106 days Living 31,537 !86 years, 126 days (Living)
33 Ullsten, OlaOla Ullsten (1931-06-23)June 23, 1931 48 111 !48 years, 111 days 02 361 !2 years, 361 days 51 107 !51 years, 107 days Living 30,447 !83 years, 131 days (Living)
34 Bodström, LennartLennart Bodström (1928-04-20)April 20, 1928 54 171 !54 years, 171 days 03 009 !3 years, 9 days 57 180 !57 years, 180 days Living 31,606 !86 years, 195 days (Living)
35 Andersson, StenSten Andersson (1923-04-20)April 20, 1923 62 180 !62 years, 180 days 05 352 !5 years, 352 days 68 167 !68 years, 167 days September 13, 2006(2006-09-13) 30,462 !83 years, 210 days
36 af Ugglas, MargarethaMargaretha af Ugglas (1939-01-05)January 5, 1939 52 272 !52 years, 272 days 03 003 !3 years, 3 days 57 180 !55 years, 275 days Living 27,694 !75 years, 300 days (Living)
37 Hjelm-Wallén, LenaLena Hjelm-Wallén (1943-01-14)January 14, 1943 51 266 !51 years, 266 days 04 000 !4 years, 0 days 55 266 !55 years, 266 days Living 26,224 !71 years, 291 days (Living)
38 Lindh, AnnaAnna Lindh (1957-06-19)June 19, 1957 41 110 !41 years, 110 days 04 339 !4 years, 339 days 46 084 !46 years, 84 days September 11, 2003(2003-09-11) 16,885 !46 years, 84 days
39 Freivalds, LailaLaila Freivalds (1942-06-22)June 22, 1942 61 110 !61 years, 110 days 02 162 !2 years, 162 days 63 272 !63 years, 272 days Living 26,430 !72 years, 132 days (Living)
40 Eliasson, JanJan Eliasson (1940-09-17)September 17, 1940 61 110 !65 years, 219 days 00 165 !0 years, 165 days 66 019 !66 years, 19 days Living 27,073 !74 years, 45 days (Living)
41 Bildt, CarlCarl Bildt (1949-07-15)July 15, 1949 57 083 !57 years, 83 days 07 362 !7 years, 362 days 65 080 !65 years, 80 days Living 23,850 !65 years, 109 days (Living)
42 Wallström, MargotMargot Wallström (1954-09-28)September 28, 1954 60 005 !60 years, 5 days 00 001 394 !0 years, 29 days (Ongoing) Incumbent Living 21,949 !60 years, 34 days (Living)

References[edit]

  1. ^ HEADS OF STATE, HEADS OF GOVERNMENT, MINISTERS FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, Protocol and Liaison Service, United Nations. Retrieved on July 6, 2013

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