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, 22 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 years, 14 days 4 years, 30 days 61 years, 44 days September 2, 1905(1905-09-02) 86 years, 180 days
2 Hochschild, CarlCarl Hochschild (1831-09-13)September 13, 1831 48 years, 227 days 5 years, 151 days 54 years, 12 days December 12, 1898(1898-12-12) 67 years, 90 days
3 Ehrensvärd, Sr., AlbertAlbert Ehrensvärd, Sr. (1821-01-10)January 10, 1821 64 years, 258 days 3 years, 260 days 68 years, 153 days January 31, 1901(1901-01-31) 80 years, 21 days
4 Åkerhielm, GustafGustaf Åkerhielm (1833-06-24)June 24, 1833 55 years, 353 days 0 years, 122 days 56 years, 110 days April 2, 1900(1900-04-02) 66 years, 282 days
5 Lewenhaupt, CarlCarl Lewenhaupt (1835-03-19)March 19, 1835 54 years, 207 days 5 years, 232 days 60 years, 74 days December 10, 1906(1906-12-10) 71 years, 266 days
6 Douglas, LudvigLudvig Douglas (1849-11-24)November 24, 1849 45 years, 189 days 4 years, 134 days 49 years, 323 days July 20, 1916(1916-07-20) 66 years, 239 days
7 Lagerheim, AlfredAlfred Lagerheim (1843-10-04)October 4, 1843 56 years, 77 days 4 years, 353 days 61 years, 64 days May 23, 1924(1924-05-23) 80 years, 232 days
8 Gyldenstolpe, AugustAugust Gyldenstolpe (1849-07-22)July 22, 1849 55 years, 153 days 0 years, 223 days 56 years, 11 days June 30, 1928(1928-06-30) 78 years, 344 days
9 Wachtmeister, FredrikFredrik Wachtmeister (1855-02-10)February 10, 1855 50 years, 173 days 0 years, 97 days 50 years, 270 days September 6, 1919(1919-09-06) 64 years, 208 days
10 Trolle, EricEric Trolle (1863-09-23)September 23, 1863 41 years, 349 days 3 years, 130 days 45 years, 114 days April 21, 1934(1934-04-21) 70 years, 149 days
11 Taube, ArvidArvid Taube (1853-01-19)January 19, 1853 56 years, 101 days 2 years, 160 days 58 years, 261 days October 14, 1916(1916-10-14) 63 years, 269 days
12 Ehrensvärd, Jr., AlbertAlbert Ehrensvärd, Jr. (1867-05-09)May 9, 1867 44 years, 151 days 2 years, 133 days 46 years, 284 days March 6, 1940(1940-03-06) 72 years, 302 days
13 Wallenberg, KnutKnut Wallenberg (1853-05-19)May 19, 1853 60 years, 274 days 3 years, 41 days 63 years, 315 days June 1, 1938(1938-06-01) 85 years, 13 days
14 Lindman, ArvidArvid Lindman (1862-09-19)September 19, 1862 46 years, 55 days 0 years, 203 days 48 years, 198 days December 9, 1936(1936-12-09) 74 years, 81 days
15 Hellner, JohannesJohannes Hellner (1866-04-22)April 22, 1866 51 years, 180 days 2 years, 143 days 53 years, 323 days February 19, 1947(1947-02-19) 80 years, 303 days
16 Palmstierna, ErikErik Palmstierna (1877-11-10)November 10, 1877 42 years, 121 days 0 years, 231 days 42 years, 352 days October 22, 1959(1959-10-22) 81 years, 346 days
17 Wrangel, HermanHerman Wrangel (1857-08-13)August 13, 1857 63 years, 75 days 0 years, 351 days 64 years, 61 days October 9, 1934(1934-10-09) 77 years, 57 days
18 Branting, HjalmarHjalmar Branting (1860-11-23)November 23, 1860 60 years, 324 days 1 year, 188 days 62 years, 147 days February 24, 1925(1925-02-24) 64 years, 93 days
19 Hederstierna, CarlCarl Hederstierna (1861-12-01)December 1, 1861 61 years, 139 days 0 years, 206 days 61 years, 345 days November 17, 1928(1928-11-17) 66 years, 352 days
20 Würtemberg, Erik Marks vonErik Marks von Würtemberg (1861-05-11)May 11, 1861 62 years, 184 days 0 years, 342 days 63 years, 160 days July 22, 1937(1937-07-22) 76 years, 72 days
21 Undén, ÖstenÖsten Undén (1886-08-25)August 25, 1886 38 years, 54 days 18 years, 282 days 76 years, 25 days January 14, 1974(1974-01-14) 87 years, 142 days
22 Löfgren, ElielEliel Löfgren (1872-03-15)March 15, 1872 54 years, 84 days 2 years, 117 days 56 years, 201 days April 8, 1940(1940-04-08) 68 years, 24 days
23 Trygger, ErnstErnst Trygger (1857-10-27)October 27, 1857 70 years, 341 days 1 years, 248 days 72 years, 223 days September 23, 1943(1943-09-23) 85 years, 331 days
24 Ramel, FredrikFredrik Ramel (1872-12-09)December 9, 1872 57 years, 180 days 2 years, 109 days 59 years, 290 days October 30, 1947(1947-10-30) 74 years, 325 days
25 Sandler, RickardRickard Sandler (1884-01-29)January 29, 1884 48 years, 239 days 6 years, 345 days 55 years, 318 days November 12, 1964(1964-11-12) 80 years, 288 days
26 Westman, Karl GustafKarl Gustaf Westman (1876-08-18)August 18, 1876 59 years, 306 days 0 years, 101 days 60 years, 41 days January 24, 1944(1944-01-24) 67 years, 159 days
27 Günther, ChristianChristian Günther (1886-12-05)December 5, 1886 53 years, 8 days 5 years, 230 days 58 years, 238 days March 6, 1966(1966-03-06) 79 years, 91 days
28 Nilsson, TorstenTorsten Nilsson (1905-04-01)April 1, 1905 57 years, 171 days 8 years, 284 days 66 years, 90 days December 14, 1997(1997-12-14) 92 years, 257 days
29 Wickman, KristerKrister Wickman (1924-04-13)April 13, 1924 47 years, 78 days 2 years, 126 days 49 years, 204 days September 10, 1993(1993-09-10) 69 years, 150 days
30 Andersson, SvenSven Andersson (1910-04-05)April 5, 1910 63 years, 212 days 2 years, 340 days 66 years, 186 days September 21, 1987(1987-09-21) 77 years, 169 days
31 Söder, KarinKarin Söder (1928-11-30)November 30, 1928 47 years, 313 days 2 years, 10 days 49 years, 322 days Living 85 years, 329 days (Living)
32 Blix, HansHans Blix (1928-06-28)June 28, 1928 50 years, 112 days 0 years, 359 days 51 years, 106 days Living 86 years, 119 days (Living)
33 Ullsten, OlaOla Ullsten (1931-06-23)June 23, 1931 48 years, 111 days 2 years, 361 days 51 years, 107 days Living 83 years, 124 days (Living)
34 Bodström, LennartLennart Bodström (1928-04-20)April 20, 1928 54 years, 171 days 3 years, 9 days 57 years, 180 days Living 86 years, 188 days (Living)
35 Andersson, StenSten Andersson (1923-04-20)April 20, 1923 62 years, 180 days 5 years, 352 days 68 years, 167 days September 13, 2006(2006-09-13) 83 years, 210 days
36 af Ugglas, MargarethaMargaretha af Ugglas (1939-01-05)January 5, 1939 52 years, 272 days 3 years, 3 days 55 years, 275 days Living 75 years, 293 days (Living)
37 Hjelm-Wallén, LenaLena Hjelm-Wallén (1943-01-14)January 14, 1943 51 years, 266 days 4 years, 0 days 55 years, 266 days Living 71 years, 284 days (Living)
38 Lindh, AnnaAnna Lindh (1957-06-19)June 19, 1957 41 years, 110 days 4 years, 339 days 46 years, 84 days September 11, 2003(2003-09-11) 46 years, 84 days
39 Freivalds, LailaLaila Freivalds (1942-06-22)June 22, 1942 61 years, 110 days 2 years, 162 days 63 years, 272 days Living 72 years, 125 days (Living)
40 Eliasson, JanJan Eliasson (1940-09-17)September 17, 1940 65 years, 219 days 0 years, 165 days 66 years, 19 days Living 74 years, 38 days (Living)
41 Bildt, CarlCarl Bildt (1949-07-15)July 15, 1949 57 years, 83 days 7 years, 362 days 65 years, 80 days Living 65 years, 102 days (Living)
42 Wallström, MargotMargot Wallström (1954-09-28)September 28, 1954 60 years, 5 days 0 years, 22 days (Ongoing) Incumbent Living 60 years, 27 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

See also[edit]

External links[edit]