Minister for Justice (Sweden)

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Minister for Justice of Sweden
Statsråd och chef för Justitiedepartementet
Coat of arms of Sweden (Lesser).svg
Sveriges justitieminister Beatrice Ask.jpg
Incumbent
Beatrice Ask

since 6 October 2006
Ministry of Justice
Member of The Government
Appointer The Prime Minister
Term length No fixed term,
Serves at the discretion of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder Louis Gerhard De Geer
Formation 20 March 1876
Deputy State Secretary for Justice
Website www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/584

The Minister for Justice (Swedish: justitieminister) is the justice minister of Sweden and head of the Ministry of Justice. The current Minister for Justice is Beatrice Ask of the Moderate Party.

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 Justice (Swedish: justitiestatsminister), similar to the office of Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs (Swedish: utrikesstatsminister). Until 1840, the Prime Minister for Justice also served as a member of the Supreme Court. Following the ministry reform in 1840, the Prime Minister for Justice became head of the newly instituted Ministry of Justice. In 1876 the office proper of Prime Minister of Sweden was created and at the same time the Minister for Justice was created. Before 1876 the Prime Minister for Justice had in practice been granted exclusively to members of the most prominent noble families.

List of officeholders[edit]

Prime Ministers for Justice (1809–1876)[edit]

Swedish Cabinet Holding Parties - Color key:

Name Took office Left office Political party
Carl Axel Wachtmeister 9 June 1809 5 April 1810 Independent
Fredrik Gyllenborg 5 April 1810 18 August 1829 Independent
Mathias Rosenblad 18 August 1829 16 May 1840 Independent
Arvid Mauritz Posse 16 May 1840 5 September 1840 Independent
Carl Petter Törnebladh (acting) 5 September 1840 14 January 1841 Independent
Carl Petter Törnebladh 14 January 1841 5 January 1843 Independent
Lars Herman Gyllenhaal 5 January 1843 28 December 1844 Independent
Johan Nordenfalk 28 December 1844 9 March 1846 Independent
Arvid Mauritz Posse 23 March 1846 10 April 1848 Independent
Gustaf Sparre 10 April 1848 25 September 1856 Independent
Claës Günther 25 September 1856 7 April 1858 Independent
Louis De Geer 7 April 1858 3 June 1870 Independent
Axel Adlercreutz 3 June 1870 8 April 1874 Independent
Edvard Carleson 4 May 1874 11 May 1875 Independent
Louis De Geer 11 May 1875 20 March 1876 Independent

Ministers for Justice (1876–present)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party
Louis De Geer 20 March 1876 6 June 1879 Independent
Ludvig Almqvist 6 June 1879 19 April 1880 Independent
Nils von Steyern 19 April 1880 6 February 1888 Independent
Axel Bergström 6 February 1888 28 September 1888 Independent
Carl Gustaf Axel Örbom 28 September 1888 30 May 1889 Independent
August Östergren 12 June 1889 5 February 1896 Independent
Ludvig Annerstedt 5 February 1896 5 December 1901 Independent
Hjalmar Hammarskjöld 5 December 1901 5 July 1902 Independent
Ossian Berger 5 July 1902 2 August 1905 Lantmanna Party
Gustaf Berg 2 August 1905 7 November 1905 Protectionist Party
Karl Staaff 7 November 1905 29 May 1906 Liberal Coalition Party
Albert Petersson 29 May 1906 7 October 1911 General Electoral League
Gustaf Sandström 7 October 1911 17 February 1914 Liberal Coalition Party
Berndt Hasselrot 17 February 1914 30 March 1917 Independent
Steno Stenberg 30 March 1917 19 October 1917 General Electoral League
Eliel Löfgren 19 October 1917 10 March 1920 Liberal Coalition Party
Östen Undén 10 March 1920 30 June 1920 Social Democrats
Assar Åkerman 30 June 1920 27 October 1920 Social Democrats
Birger Ekeberg 27 October 1920 13 October 1921 Independent
Assar Åkerman 13 October 1921 19 April 1923 Social Democrats
Birger Ekeberg 19 April 1923 18 October 1924 Independent
Torsten Nothin 18 October 1924 7 June 1926 Social Democrats
Johan Thyrén 7 June 1926 2 October 1928 Freeminded People's Party
Georg Bissmark 2 October 1928 7 June 1930 General Electoral League
Natanael Gärde 7 June 1930 24 September 1932 Independent
Karl Schlyter 24 September 1932 19 June 1936 Social Democrats
Thorwald Bergquist 19 June 1936 28 September 1936 Independent
Karl Gustaf Westman 28 September 1936 29 August 1943 Farmer's League
Thorwald Bergquist 30 August 1943 31 July 1945 People's Party
Herman Zetterberg 31 July 1945 30 September 1957 Social Democrats
Ingvar Lindell 1 October 1957 30 November 1959 Social Democrats
Herman Kling 1 December 1959 14 October 1969 Social Democrats
Lennart Geijer 14 October 1969 8 October 1976 Social Democrats
Sven Romanus 8 October 1976 12 October 1979 Independent
Håkan Winberg 12 October 1979 5 May 1981 Moderate Party
Carl Axel Petri 5 May 1981 8 October 1982 Independent
Ove Rainer 8 October 1982 10 November 1983 Social Democrats
Anna-Greta Leijon (acting) 10 November 1983 15 November 1983 Social Democrats
Sten Wickbom 15 November 1983 19 October 1987 Social Democrats
Anna-Greta Leijon 19 October 1987 7 June 1988 Social Democrats
Thage G. Peterson 8 June 1988 30 September 1988 Social Democrats
Laila Freivalds 4 October 1988 4 October 1991 Social Democrats
Gun Hellsvik 4 October 1991 7 October 1994 Moderate Party
Laila Freivalds 7 October 1994 21 September 2000 Social Democrats
Lena Hjelm-Wallén (acting) 21 September 2000 15 October 2000 Social Democrats
Thomas Bodström 16 October 2000 6 October 2006 Social Democrats
Beatrice Ask 6 October 2006 Incumbent Moderate Party

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 De Geer, Louis Gerhard Louis Gerhard De Geer 18180718July 18, 1818(July 18, 1818) 57 24657 years, 246 days 03 0783 years, 78 days 60 32360 years, 323 days 18960924September 24, 1896 28,55878 years, 68 days
2 Almqvist, LudvigLudvig Almqvist 18180104January 4, 1818(January 4, 1818) 61 15361 years, 153 days 00 3180 years, 318 days 62 10262 years, 102 days 18981212August 26, 1884 24,34166 years, 235 days
3 von Steyern, NilsNils von Steyern 18391229December 29, 1839(December 29, 1839) 40 11240 years, 112 days 07 2937 years, 293 days 48 03948 years, 39 days 18990527May 27, 1899 21,69959 years, 149 days
4 Bergström, AxelAxel Bergström 18230820August 20, 1823(August 20, 1823) 64 17064 years, 170 days 00 2350 years, 235 days 65 03965 years, 39 days 18930823August 23, 1893 25,57170 years, 3 days
5 Örbom, AxelAxel Örbom 18360729July 29, 1836(July 29, 1836) 52 06152 years, 61 days 00 2440 year, 244 days 52 30552 years, 305 days 18890530May 30, 1889 19,29852 years, 305 days
6 Östergren, AugustAugust Östergren 18491124May 28, 1832(May 28, 1832) 57 01557 years, 15 days 06 2386 year, 238 days 63 25363 years, 253 days 19141022October 22, 1914 30,09682 years, 147 days
7 Annerstedt, LudvigLudvig Annerstedt 18360807August 7, 1836(August 7, 1836) 59 18259 years, 182 days 05 3035 years, 303 days 65 12065 years, 120 days 19041120November 20, 1904 24,94168 years, 105 days
8 Hammarskjöld, HjalmarHjalmar Hammarskjöld 18620204February 4, 1862(February 4, 1862) 39 30439 years, 304 days 00 2120 year, 212 days 40 15140 years, 151 days 19531012October 12, 1953 33,48791 years, 250 days
9 Berger, OssianOssian Berger 18490213February 13, 1849(February 13, 1849) 53 14253 years, 142 days 03 0283 years, 28 days 56 17056 years, 170 days 19141228December 28, 1914 24,05865 years, 318 days
10 Berg, GustafGustaf Berg 18440225February 25, 1844(February 25, 1844) 61 15861 years, 158 days 00 0970 years, 97 days 61 25561 years, 255 days 19080412April 12, 1908 23,42264 years, 47 days
11 Staff, KarlKarl Staaff 18600121January 21, 1860(January 21, 1860) 45 29045 years, 290 days 00 2030 years, 203 days 46 12846 years, 128 days 19151004October 4, 1915 20,34455 years, 256 days
12 Petersson, AlbertAlbert Petersson 18510407April 7, 1851(April 7, 1851) 55 05255 years, 52 days 05 1315 years, 131 days 60 18360 years, 183 days 19380311March 11, 1938 31,74986 years, 338 days
13 Sandström, GustafGustaf Sandström 18650311March 11, 1865(March 11, 1865) 46 21046 years, 210 days 02 1332 years, 133 days 48 34348 years, 343 days 19300503May 3, 1930 23,79365 years, 53 days
14 Hasselrot, BerndtBerndt Hasselrot 18620323March 23, 1862(March 23, 1862) 51 33151 years, 331 days 03 0413 years, 41 days 55 00755 years, 7 days 19301014October 14, 1930 25,04168 years, 205 days
15 Stenberg, StenoSteno Stenberg 18700626June 26, 1870(June 26, 1870) 46 27746 years, 277 days 00 2030 years, 203 days 47 11547 years, 115 days 19401101November 1, 1940 25,69570 years, 128 days
16 Löfgren, ElielEliel Löfgren 18720315March 15, 1872(March 15, 1872) 45 21845 years, 218 days 02 1432 years, 143 days 47 36147 years, 361 days 19400408April 8, 1940 24,86068 years, 24 days
17 Undén, ÖstenÖsten Undén 18860825August 25, 1886(August 25, 1886) 33 19833 years, 198 days 00 1120 years, 112 days 33 31033 years, 310 days 19740114January 14, 1974 31,91887 years, 142 days
18 Åkerman, AssarAssar Åkerman 18601028October 28, 1860(October 28, 1860) 59 24659 years, 246 days 01 3071 year, 307 days 62 17362 years, 173 days 19361007October 7, 1936 27,73775 years, 345 days
19 Ekeberg, BirgerBirger Ekeberg 18800810August 10, 1880(August 10, 1880) 40 07840 years, 78 days 02 1832 year, 183 days 44 06944 years, 69 days 19681130November 30, 1968 32,25388 years, 112 days
20 Nothin, TorstenTorsten Nothin 18840216February 16, 1884(February 16, 1884) 40 24540 years, 245 days 01 2321 years, 232 days 42 11142 years, 111 days 19720301March 1, 1972 32,15588 years, 14 days
21 Thyrén, JohanJohan Thyrén 18610406April 6, 1861(April 6, 1861) 65 06265 years, 62 days 02 1172 years, 117 days 67 17967 years, 179 days 19330504May 4, 1933 26,32572 years, 28 days
22 Bissmark, GeorgGeorg Bissmark 18710207February 7, 1871(February 7, 1871) 57 23857 years, 238 days 01 2481 years, 248 days 59 12059 years, 120 days 19411213December 13, 1941 25,87670 years, 309 days
23 Gärde, NatanaelNatanael Gärde 18800727July 27, 1880(July 27, 1880) 49 31549 years, 315 days 02 1092 years, 109 days 52 05952 years, 59 days 19680128January 28, 1968 31,96087 years, 185 days
24 Schlyter, KarlKarl Schlyter 18791221December 21, 1879(December 21, 1879) 52 27852 years, 278 days 06 2693 years, 269 days 56 18156 years, 181 days 19591225December 25, 1959 29,22380 years, 4 days
25 Bergquist, ThorwaldThorwald Bergquist 18991201December 1, 1899(December 1, 1899) 36 20136 years, 201 days 02 0712 years, 71 days 45 24245 years, 242 days 19721203December 3, 1972 26,66573 years, 2 days
26 Westman, Karl GustafKarl Gustaf Westman 18760818August 18, 1876(August 18, 1876) 60 04160 years, 41 days 06 3356 years, 335 days 66 01167 years, 11 days 19641112January 24, 1944 24,62967 years, 159 days
27 Zetterberg, HermanHerman Zetterberg 19040701July 1, 1904(July 1, 1904) 41 03041 years, 30 days 12 06112 years, 61 days 53 09153 years, 91 days 19660318March 18, 1963 21,44458 years, 260 days
28 Lindell, IngvarIngvar Lindell 19040823August 23, 1904(August 23, 1904) 53 03953 years, 39 days 02 0602 years, 60 days 55 09955 years, 99 days 19930208February 8, 1993 32,31188 years, 169 days
29 Kling, HermanHerman Kling 19130712July 12, 1913(July 12, 1913) 46 14246 years, 142 days 09 3179 years, 317 days 56 09456 years, 94 days 19850616June 16, 1985 26,27271 years, 339 days
30 Geijer, LennartLennart Geijer 19090914September 14, 1909(September 14, 1909) 60 03060 years, 30 days 06 3606 years, 360 days 67 02467 years, 24 days 19990616June 16, 1999 32,78289 years, 275 days
31 Romanus, SvenSven Romanus 19060119January 19, 1906(January 19, 1906) 70 26370 years, 263 days 03 0043 years, 4 days 73 26673 years, 266 days 20050430April 30, 2005 36,26199 years, 101 days
32 Winberg, HåkanHåkan Winberg 19310730July 30, 1931(July 30, 1931) 48 07448 years, 74 days 01 2051 years, 205 days 49 27949 years, 279 days Living 30,29982 years, 348 days (Living)
33 Petri, Carl AxelCarl Axel Petri 19290812August 12, 1929(August 12, 1929) 51 26651 years, 266 days 01 1561 years, 156 days 53 05753 years, 57 days Living 31,01684 years, 335 days (Living)
34 Rainer, OveOve Rainer 19250914September 14, 1925(September 14, 1925) 57 02457 years, 24 days 01 0331 years, 33 days 58 05758 years, 57 days 19870127January 27, 1987 22,41561 years, 135 days
35 Wickbom, StenSten Wickbom 19310314March 14, 1931(March 14, 1931) 52 24652 years, 246 days 03 3383 years, 338 days 56 21956 years, 219 days Living 30,43783 years, 121 days (Living)
36 Leijon, Anna-Greta Anna-Greta Leijon 19390630June 30, 1939(June 30, 1939) 48 11148 years, 111 days 00 2320 years, 232 days 48 34348 years, 343 days Living 27,40775 years, 13 days (Living)
37 Peterson, Thage G. Thage G. Peterson 19330924September 24, 1933(September 24, 1933) 54 25754 years, 257 days 00 1150 years, 115 days 55 00655 years, 6 days Living 29,51280 years, 292 days (Living)
38 Freivalds, LailaLaila Freivalds 19420622June 22, 1942(June 22, 1942) 46 10446 years, 104 days 08 3508 years, 350 days 58 09158 years, 091 days Living 26,31972 years, 21 days (Living)
39 Hellsvik, Gun Gun Hellsvik 19420927September 27, 1942(September 27, 1942) 49 00749 years, 7 days 03 0043 years, 4 days 52 01052 years, 10 days Living 26,22271 years, 289 days (Living)
40 Bodström, Thomas Thomas Bodström 19620409April 9, 1962(April 9, 1962) 38 19038 years, 190 days 05 3555 years, 355 days 44 18044 years, 180 days Living 19,08852 years, 95 days (Living)
41 Ask, BeatriceBeatrice Ask 19560420April 20, 1956(April 20, 1956) 50 16950 years, 169 days 07 080 2807 years, 280 days (Ongoing) Incumbent Living 21,26858 years, 84 days (Living)

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