Jan-Erik Enestam

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Enestam in 2005

Jan-Erik Enestam (born 12 March 1947 in Västanfjärd) is a Finland-Swedish politician from the Swedish People's Party. He has a degree from the Åbo Akademi university in Turku.

Enestam was the Municipal Director of Västanfjärd between 1978 and 1983 and a Project Chief at the Nordic Council of Ministers during the period 1983 - 1991. He was a member of Finland's parliament, the Eduskunta, from 1991 until 2007 and a member of the government between 1995 and 2006 in various posts.

He led the Swedish People's Party from 1998 until 2006. He was succeeded by Stefan Wallin as leader at the beginning of 2007.


Some previous posts he has held are:

  • Government of Åland, Head of Office, 1974–1978
  • Municipality of Västanfjärd, Municipal Manager, 1978–1983
  • Nordic Council of Ministers, Project Manager for Archipelago Cooperation, 1983–1991
  • Municipal Council of Västänfjärd, Chairperson, 1989–1996
  • Special Adviser to the Minister of Defence, 1990–1991
  • Member of Parliament, 1991 onwards
  • Minister of Defence, from 2 January 1995 to 13 April 1995
  • Minister at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (equality affairs), from 2 January 1995 to 13 April 1995
  • Minister of the Interior, from 13 April 1995 to 15 April 1999
  • Party leader of the Swedish People's Party, 1998–2006
  • Minister of Defence, from 15 April 1999 to 17 April 2003
  • Minister at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Nordic cooperation and cooperation with the neighbouring regions), from 15 April 1999 to 17 April 2003
  • Minister of the Environment from 17 April 2003 to 1 January 2007
  • Director of the Secretariat of the Nordic council from 1 August 2007 – 2013


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Political offices
Preceded by
Anneli Taina
Finnish Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Matti Vanhanen
Preceded by
Jouni Backman
Finnish Minister of the Environment
Succeeded by
Stefan Wallin
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ole Norrback
Leader of the Swedish People's Party
Succeeded by
Stefan Wallin
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Frida Nokken
Secretary-General of the Nordic Council
Succeeded by
Britt Bohlin