Ulrica Messing

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Ulrica Messing (born 31 January 1968) is a Swedish Social Democratic former politician. She was Minister for Communications and Regional Policy in the Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications from 2000 to 2006.

From October 2006 to September 2007 she was chairman of the Riksdag Committee for Defence. She resigned from the Riksdag on September 18, 2007. She left politics in 2008.

Political career[edit]

Messing completed high school in 1987. She began her political career in the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League and was a member of the Municipal Council in Hofors Municipality from 1989. In 1991 she was elected to the Riksdag as a Member of Parliament. From 1993 she has been a member of the National Board of the Swedish Social Democratic Party.

In 1996 Prime Minister Göran Persson made her a minister. She first served in the Ministry of Labour, from 1998 in the Ministry of Culture, and from 2000 in the Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications.[1]

During her time as Minister for Communications, Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications from 2000 to 2006 she was in charge of Swedish arms exports. During her tenure the volume of Sweden's arms exports grew to become the ninth largest in the world (2005). It increased from 4,4 billion SEK in 2000 to 8,6 billion SEK in 2006. One arms deal during this time that attracted particular criticism was when the Swedish company SAAB exported airplanes to the Pakistan military in a deal worth 8,3 billion SEK, about 1,2 billion USD.

Personal life[edit]

She is living with multimillionaire Torsten Jansson in Gothenburg. In 2008 Messing opened a design store called Porthouse Interior in Gothenburg.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Members of the Swedish Government 1946-, Government of Sweden, accessed 2010-07-09
  2. ^ Wadström, Nisse (2008-10-15). "Här är Ulrica Messings "kärleksaffär"" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leif Blomberg
Swedish Minister for Labour Legislation and Gender Equality
1996–1998
Succeeded by
Margareta Winberg
Minister for Gender Equality
Preceded by
Lars Engqvist
Minister for Integration
Swedish Minister for Integration and Youth
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Mona Sahlin
Minister for Integration
Preceded by
Björn Rosengren
Swedish Minister for Infrastructure
2000–2006
Succeeded by
Åsa Torstensson