Ibrahim Baylan

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Ibrahim Baylan
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Ibrahim Baylan in October 2012
Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation
In office
21 January 2019 – 30 November 2021
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byMikael Damberg
Succeeded byKarl-Petter Thorwaldsson
Minister for Policy Coordination
In office
25 May 2016 – 21 January 2019
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister for Energy
In office
3 October 2014 – 21 January 2019
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byAnna-Karin Hatt
Succeeded byAnders Ygeman
Minister for Schools
In office
1 November 2004 – 6 October 2006
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterGöran Persson
Preceded byThomas Östros
Succeeded byJan Björklund
Member of the Swedish Riksdag
In office
30 November 2021 – 28 June 2022
Succeeded byAzadeh Rojhan Gustafsson
ConstituencyStockholm County
In office
6 October 2006 – 3 October 2014
ConstituencyVästerbotten County
Personal details
Born (1972-03-15) 15 March 1972 (age 50)
Mardin, Turkey
Political partySocial Democratic Party

Ibrahim Baylan (born 15 March 1972) is a Swedish politician who served as Minister for Schools from 2004 to 2006, as Minister for Energy from 2014 to 2019, Minister for Policy Coordination from 2016 to 2019 and as Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation from 2019 to 2021.

He has been a member of the Swedish Riksdag since 2006, and was deputy chairman in the education committée and spokesperson of educational issues for the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 2012 to 2014.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Ibrahim Baylan was born in Salah, a village in the Mardin Province of Southeast Turkey, and his family belongs to the Assyrian Christian people group in Turkey.[2]

He studied economics at Umeå University and was engaged in student politics. In 1997 he became the chair of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League in Umeå. The same year, he was elected chair of the Umeå Union of Students and also became a member of the municipal school board.

From 2000 Baylan worked as an ombudsman for the Swedish Union of Commercial Salaried Employees. He ran unsuccessfully on the Social Democratic ballot for the 2004 European Parliament election. Later in the same year, he was appointed to be Minister for School by Prime Minister Göran Persson, becoming the first non-European immigrant to become a member of a Swedish government cabinet. 2007 he was elected chairman of the Swedish parliamentary committee of transportation and communication. 2009 he became secretary general of the Swedish Social Democratic party. He resigned in March 2011.

As school minister he was involved in a controversy about a report from the Swedish National Agency for Education that was withdrawn after criticism from minister Baylan. He was reported to the Swedish Committee on the Constitution and called to a hearing on 12 April 2005.

Baylan was appointed energy minister with placement in the Ministry of the Environment at the change of government after the parliamentary elections 2014. In June 2016, he presented an agreement between the government, Moderate Party, Centre Party and the Christian Democrats on Sweden's long-term energy policy. In a government reshuffle in 2016, Baylan was also appointed coordination minister.

In September 2021, Baylan announced that he would be stepping down as minister in the autumn. He expressed it was time to try something else.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Baylan married Anna Nilsson in Luleå in June 2006.[4] He has two children.


  1. ^ "CV Ibrahim Baylan". Government Offices of Sweden. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. ^ http://socialdemokraternakumla.se/tidigare_nyheter/nystart_for_regeringen.htm[dead link]
  3. ^ "Business Minister Ibrahim Baylan to step down this autumn". Sveriges Radio. 9 September 2021. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Bilden på Baylan och hans brud". www.aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2021-09-08.

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Preceded by Secretary-General of the Social Democrats
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Minister for Policy Coordination
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Preceded by Minister for Enterprise
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