Anders Ygeman

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Anders Ygeman
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Leader of the Social Democrats
in the Swedish Riksdag
Assumed office
27 July 2017
Preceded by Tomas Eneroth
Minister for Home Affairs
In office
3 October 2014 – 27 July 2017
Monarch Carl XVI Gustaf
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Morgan Johansson
Personal details
Born (1970-06-17) 17 June 1970 (age 48)
Högdalen, Stockholm, Sweden
Political party Social Democrats
Spouse(s) Elisabeth Brandt-Ygeman
Profession Politician

Anders Ingvar Ygeman (born 17 June 1970 in Stockholm) is a Swedish politician of the Social Democrats. He served as Minister for Home Affairs in the Swedish Government from 2014 to 2017.[1] He has been a member of the Riksdag since 1996 (as a standby since 1995).


Ygeman grew up in Hagsätra and lived in Årsta, Stockholm. He is the son of journalist Ingvar Ygeman. In 1990, Ygeman studied for a semester at the subject of criminology at Stockholm University. However, the education process was not completed and thus he did not receive any higher education at the subject.[2]

Anders Ygeman was liberated in 1990 from execution of military service. He has commented on his military training as following words: "I pulled in, but quickly moved out. After five days I requested a weapon-free service. Basically, I'm probably quite a pacifist."[2] Ygeman was the chairman of SSU of Stockholm in 1992-1996 and Deputy Chairman of the SSU in 1995-1997.

Ygeman is a parliamentarian since 1996.[3]

He is married to Elisabeth Brandt-Ygeman and together they have two children.


Minister of Home Affairs (2014-2017)[edit]

When the Löfven Cabinet started after the Swedish general election, 2014, Ygeman was appointed Minister for Home Affairs. In the former Reinfeldt Cabinet, such a position did not exist. After the Charlie Hebdo shooting (6 January 2015) and the November 2015 attacks (both in Paris), Homeland security themes have gained importance. It is also a part of Sweden's domestic policy to cope with the European migrant crisis affecting Sweden.[4][5][6]

After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, Ygeman presented a cross-border and anti-terrorism agreement. Among other things, the package included the criminalization of terrorist voyages, the end of the abuse of Swedish passports, the measures against illegal weapons and increased penalties for hand grenades and explosives, the investigation of secret data readings, and the possibility of sharing digital information for FRA, MUST and SÄPO at the National Center for Terrorism Assessments.[7]

On 26 July 2017, a majority in the Riksdag announced they would put forward a vote of confidence against him.[8] On 27 July 2017, he resigned from the cabinet. Subsequently, he was appointed Leader of the Social Democrats
in the Swedish Riksdag.

Chairman of the Social Democrats in Stockholm (2016– )[edit]

On September 11, 2016, Anders Ygeman was elected as a new chairman of the Social Democrats in Stockholm after Veronica Palm. Ygeman was elected by a unanimous extraordinary annual meeting. Anders Ygeman represents Stockholm in the Riksdag since 1995. As the chairman of the Social Democrats in Stockholm, he is given responsibility to lead and develop politics and the organization.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Anders Ygeman (s) - Riksdagen". Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Expressen". Retrieved 17 Jan 2018. 
  3. ^ "Inrikesminister Anders Ygeman". Retrieved 17 Jan 2018. 
  4. ^ Regeringskansliet, Regeringen och (24 November 2014). "The Government of Sweden". Regeringskansliet. 
  5. ^ 28 January 2016: Sweden to expel up to 80,000 rejected asylum seekers
  6. ^ "Sweden 'to kick out 80,000 immigrants' says minister". 
  7. ^ "Vad skulle vi ta oss till utan Anders Ygeman?". Retrieved 17 Jan 2018. 
  8. ^ Oppositional Alliance calls for a vote of confidence against 3 cabinet minister 2017-07-26
  9. ^ "Ygeman tar över S i Stockholm". Retrieved 17 Jan 2018. 
  10. ^ "Ygeman tar över S i Stockholm". Retrieved 17 Jan 2018. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Anders Ygeman at Wikimedia Commons