Minister for Foreign Affairs (Sweden)

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Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Statsråd och chef för utrikesdepartementet
Coat of arms of Sweden (Lesser).svg
Carl Bildt under nationaldagsfirande vid Skansen 2009.jpg
Incumbent
Carl Bildt

since 6 October 2006
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 Carl Bildt, who was the Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994.

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 Incumbent 7 years, 298 days Moderate Party Reinfeldt

Statistics[edit]

# Prime Minister Date of birth Age at ascension
(first term)
Time in office
(total)
Age at retirement
(last term)
Date of death Longevity
1 Björnstjerna, Oscar 1Oscar Björnstjerna 18190306March 6, 1819(March 6, 1819) 57 01457 years, 14 days 04 0304 years, 30 days 61 04461 years, 44 days 19050902September 2, 1905 31,59186 years, 180 days
2 Hochschild, CarlCarl Hochschild 18310913September 13, 1831(September 13, 1831) 48 22748 years, 227 days 05 1515 years, 151 days 54 01254 years, 12 days 18981212December 12, 1898 24,56267 years, 90 days
3 Ehrensvärd, AlbertAlbert Ehrensvärd, Sr. 18210110January 10, 1821(January 10, 1821) 64 25864 years, 258 days 03 2603 years, 260 days 68 15368 years, 153 days 19010131January 31, 1901 29,24080 years, 21 days
4 Åkerhielm, GustafGustaf Åkerhielm 18330624June 24, 1833(June 24, 1833) 55 35355 years, 353 days 00 1220 years, 122 days 56 11056 years, 110 days 19000402April 2, 1900 24,38866 years, 282 days
5 Lewenhaupt, CarlCarl Lewenhaupt 18350319March 19, 1835(March 19, 1835) 54 20754 years, 207 days 05 2325 year, 232 days 60 07460 years, 74 days 19061210December 10, 1906 26,19871 years, 266 days
6 Douglas, LudvigLudvig Douglas 18491124November 24, 1849(November 24, 1849) 45 18945 years, 189 days 04 1344 year, 134 days 49 32349 years, 323 days 19160720July 20, 1916 24,34466 years, 239 days
7 Lagerheim, AlfredAlfred Lagerheim 18431004October 4, 1843(October 4, 1843) 56 07756 years, 77 days 04 3534 years, 353 days 61 06461 years, 64 days 19240523May 23, 1924 29,45180 years, 232 days
8 Gyldenstolpe, AugustAugust Gyldenstolpe 18490722July 22, 1849(July 22, 1849) 55 15355 years, 153 days 00 2230 year, 223 days 56 01156 years, 11 days 19280630June 30, 1928 28,83278 years, 344 days
9 Wachtmeister, FredrikFredrik Wachtmeister 18550210February 10, 1855(February 10, 1855) 50 17350 years, 173 days 00 0970 years, 97 days 50 27050 years, 270 days 19190906September 6, 1919 23,58364 years, 208 days
10 Trolle, EricEric Trolle 18630923September 23, 1863(September 23, 1863) 41 34941 years, 349 days 03 1303 years, 130 days 45 11445 years, 114 days 19340421April 21, 1934 25,77770 years, 149 days
11 Taube, ArvidArvid Taube 18530119January 19, 1853(January 19, 1853) 56 10156 years, 101 days 02 1602 years, 160 days 58 26158 years, 261 days 19161014October 14, 1916 23,27863 years, 269 days
12 Ehrensvärd, AlbertAlbert Ehrensvärd, Jr. 18670509May 9, 1867(May 9, 1867) 44 15144 years, 151 days 02 1332 years, 133 days 46 28446 years, 284 days 19400306March 6, 1940 26,59972 years, 302 days
13 Wallenberg, KnutKnut Wallenberg 18530519May 19, 1853(May 19, 1853) 60 27460 years, 274 days 03 0413 years, 41 days 63 31563 years, 315 days 19380601June 1, 1938 31,05885 years, 13 days
14 Lindman, ArvidArvid Lindman 18620919September 19, 1862(September 19, 1862) 46 05546 years, 55 days 00 2030 years, 203 days 48 19848 years, 198 days 19361209December 9, 1936 27,10974 years, 81 days
15 Hellner, JohannesJohannes Hellner 18660422April 22, 1866(April 22, 1866) 51 18051 years, 180 days 02 1432 years, 143 days 53 32353 years, 323 days 19470219February 19, 1947 29,52280 years, 303 days
16 Palmstierna, ErikErik Palmstierna 18771110November 10, 1877(November 10, 1877) 42 12142 years, 121 days 00 2310 years, 231 days 42 35242 years, 352 days 19591022October 22, 1959 29,93081 years, 346 days
17 Wrangel, HermanHerman Wrangel 18570813August 13, 1857(August 13, 1857) 63 07563 years, 75 days 00 3510 years, 351 days 64 06164 years, 61 days 19341009October 9, 1934 28,18077 years, 57 days
18 Branting, HjalmarHjalmar Branting 18601123November 23, 1860(November 23, 1860) 60 32460 years, 324 days 01 1881 year, 188 days 62 14762 years, 147 days 19250224February 24, 1925 23,46864 years, 93 days
19 Hederstierna, CarlCarl Hederstierna 18611201December 1, 1861(December 1, 1861) 61 13961 years, 139 days 00 2060 year, 206 days 61 34561 years, 345 days 19281117November 17, 1928 24,45766 years, 352 days
20 Würtemberg, Erik Marks vonErik Marks von Würtemberg 18610511May 11, 1861(May 11, 1861) 62 18462 years, 184 days 04 1770 years, 342 days 63 16063 years, 160 days 19370722July 22, 1937 27,83076 years, 72 days
21 Undén, ÖstenÖsten Undén 18860825August 25, 1886(August 25, 1886) 38 05438 years, 54 days 18 28218 years, 282 days 76 02576 years, 25 days 19740114January 14, 1974 31,92187 years, 142 days
22 Löfgren,Eliel Eliel Löfgren 18720315March 15, 1872(March 15, 1872) 54 08254 years, 84 days 02 1172 years, 117 days 56 20156 years, 201 days 19400408April 8, 1940 24,86068 years, 24 days
23 Trygger, ErnstErnst Trygger 18571027October 27, 1857(October 27, 1857) 70 34170 years, 341 days 01 2481 years, 248 days 72 22372 years, 223 days 19430923September 23, 1943 31,37685 years, 331 days
24 Ramel, FredrikFredrik Ramel 18721209December 9, 1872(December 9, 1872) 57 18057 years, 180 days 02 1092 years, 109 days 59 29059 years, 290 days 19471030October 30, 1947 27,35274 years, 325 days
25 Sandler, RickardRickard Sandler 18841029January 29, 1884(January 29, 1884) 48 23948 years, 239 days 06 3456 years, 345 days 55 31855 years, 318 days 19641112November 12, 1964 29,50780 years, 288 days
26 Westman, Karl GustafKarl Gustaf Westman 18760818August 18, 1876(August 18, 1876) 59 30659 years, 306 days 00 1010 years, 101 days 60 04160 years, 41 days 19641112January 24, 1944 24,62967 years, 159 days
27 Günther, ChristianChristian Günther 18861205December 5, 1886(December 5, 1886) 53 00853 years, 8 days 00 3595 years, 230 days 58 23858 years, 238 days 19660306March 6, 1966 28,94579 years, 91 days
28 Nilsson, TorstenTorsten Nilsson 19050401April 1, 1905(April 1, 1905) 57 17157 years, 171 days 08 2848 years, 284 days 69 09066 years, 90 days 19971214December 14, 1997 33,86092 years, 257 days
29 Wickman, KristerKrister Wickman 19240413April 13, 1924(April 13, 1924) 47 07847 years, 78 days 02 1262 years, 126 days 49 20449 years, 204 days 19930910September 10, 1993 25,35269 years, 150 days
30 Andersson, SvenSven Andersson 19100405April 5, 1910(April 5, 1910) 63 21263 years, 212 days 02 3402 years, 340 days 66 18666 years, 186 days 19870921September 21, 1987 28,29377 years, 169 days
31 Söder, KarinKarin Söder 19281130November 30, 1928(November 30, 1928) 47 31347 years, 313 days 02 0102 years, 10 days 49 32249 years, 322 days Living 31,28985 years, 243 days (Living)
32 Blix, HansHans Blix 19280628June 28, 1928(June 28, 1928) 50 11250 years, 112 days 00 3590 years, 359 days 51 10651 years, 106 days Living 31,44486 years, 33 days (Living)
33 Ullsten, OlaOla Ullsten 19310623June 23, 1931(June 23, 1931) 48 11148 years, 111 days 02 3612 years, 361 days 51 10751 years, 107 days Living 30,35483 years, 38 days (Living)
34 Bodström, LennartLennart Bodström 19280420April 20, 1928(April 20, 1928) 54 17154 years, 171 days 03 0093 years, 9 days 57 18057 years, 180 days Living 31,51386 years, 102 days (Living)
35 Andersson, StenSten Andersson 19230420April 20, 1923(April 20, 1923) 62 18062 years, 180 days 05 3525 years, 352 days 68 16768 years, 167 days 20061116September 16, 2006 30,52683 years, 210 days
36 af Ugglas, Margaretha Margaretha af Ugglas 19390105January 5, 1939(January 5, 1939) 52 27252 years, 272 days 03 0033 years, 3 days 57 18055 years, 275 days Living 27,60175 years, 207 days (Living)
37 Hjelm-Wallén, Lena Lena Hjelm-Wallén 19430114January 14, 1943(January 14, 1943) 51 26651 years, 266 days 04 0004 years, 0 days 55 26655 years, 266 days Living 26,13171 years, 198 days (Living)
38 Lindh, AnnaAnna Lindh 19570619June 19, 1957(June 19, 1957) 41 11041 years, 110 days 04 3394 years, 339 days 46 08446 years, 84 days 20030911September 11, 2003 16,88546 years, 84 days
39 Freivalds, Laila Laila Freivalds 19420622June 22, 1942(June 22, 1942) 61 11061 years, 110 days 02 1622 years, 162 days 63 27263 years, 272 days Living 26,33772 years, 39 days (Living)
40 Eliasson, Jan Jan Eliasson 19400917September 17, 1940(September 17, 1940) 61 11065 years, 219 days 00 1650 years, 165 days 66 01966 years, 19 days Living 26,98073 years, 317 days (Living)
41 Bildt, CarlCarl Bildt 19490715July 15, 1949(July 15, 1949) 57 08357 years, 83 days 07 080 2987 years, 298 days (Ongoing) Incumbent Living 23,75765 years, 16 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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