Minister of Defence (Sweden)

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Minister for Defence of Sweden
Statsråd och chef för försvarsdepartementet
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Ministry coat of arms
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Command Sign
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Incumbent
Peter Hultqvist

since 3 October 2014
Ministry of Defence
StyleHerr statsråd
Member ofThe Government
Reports toThe Prime Minister
AppointerThe Prime Minister
was technically appointed by the King prior to 1975
Term lengthNo fixed term,
serves at the Prime Minister's discretion
Inaugural holderPer Albin Hansson
Formation1920
DeputyState Secretary for Defence
Websitewww.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/2060

The Minister for Defence of Sweden (Swedish: försvarsminister; formal title: Swedish: statsråd och chef för försvarsdepartementet) is a member of the Government of Sweden (Swedish: Regeringen). The Minister heads the Ministry for Defence and is appointed and dismissed at the sole discretion of the Prime Minister of Sweden.

Although the Minister for Defence heads the Ministry of Defence, the Minister cannot as a general rule issue directives in his/her own right to the Supreme Commander or any other agency director-general in the defence portfolio due to the Swedish prohibition on ministerial rule, unless such authority is provided for in specific statutory provisions.

Between 1840 and 1920, what corresponds to the Ministry for Defence today, was divided in two separate ministries with their own minister: one for Army affairs, the Ministry of Land Defence, and one for Naval affairs, the Ministry for Naval Affairs.

The current Minister for Defence is Peter Hultqvist, who was appointed on 3 October 2014.

List of Swedish Ministers for Defence[edit]

Ministers for War (1840-1920)[edit]

Ministers for Naval Affairs (1840-1920)[edit]

Ministers for Defence (1920-)[edit]

Parties

Status

  Denotes acting Minister for Defence
No. Portrait Minister
(Born–Died)
Tenure Political party Cabinet
Took office Left office Duration
1
Per Albin Hansson
Per Albin Hansson
(1885–1946)
1 July 192027 October 1920118 daysSocial DemocraticBranting I
S
2
Carl Gustaf Hammarskjöld
Carl Gustaf Hammarskjöld
(1865–1940)
27 October 19206 June 1921222 daysElectoral LeagueDe Geer d.y.
von Sydow
3
Otto Lybeck
Otto Lybeck
(1871–1947)
6 June 192113 October 1921129 daysIndependentvon Sydow
(1)
Per Albin Hansson
Per Albin Hansson
(1885–1946)
13 October 192119 April 19231 year, 188 daysSocial DemocraticBranting II
S
4
Carl Malmroth
Carl Malmroth
(1874–1934)
19 April 192318 October 19241 year, 182 daysIndependentTrygger
AvF
(1)
Per Albin Hansson
Per Albin Hansson
(1885–1946)
18 October 19247 June 19261 year, 232 daysSocial DemocraticBranting III
Sandler
S
5
Gustav Rosén
Gustav Rosén
(1876–1942)
7 June 19262 October 19282 years, 117 daysLiberalEkman I
FFL
6
Harald Malmberg
Harald Malmberg
(1879–1948)
2 October 19287 June 19301 year, 248 daysElectoral LeagueLindman II
AvF
7
Carl Gustaf Ekman
Carl Gustaf Ekman
(1872–1945)
7 June 193019 June 19311 year, 12 daysFreeminded People'sEkman II
FF
8
Anton Rundqvist
Anton Rundqvist
(1885–1973)
19 June 193124 September 19321 year, 97 daysIndependentHamrin
FF
9
Ivar Vennerström
Ivar Vennerström
(1881–1945)
4 September 193219 June 19363 years, 269 daysSocial DemocraticHansson I
S
10
Janne Nilsson
Janne Nilsson
(1882–1938)
19 June 19369 December 19382 years, 173 daysFarmers' LeaguePehrsson-Bramstorp
BF

Hansson II
SBF
11
Per Edvin Sköld
Per Edvin Sköld
(1891–1972)
16 December 193831 July 19456 years, 227 daysSocial DemocraticHansson II
SBF

Hansson III
SBFHFP
12
Allan Vougt
Allan Vougt
(1895–1953)
31 July 19451 October 19516 years, 62 daysSocial DemocraticHansson IV
Erlander I
S
13
Torsten Nilsson
Torsten Nilsson
(1905–1997)
1 October 195122 March 19575 years, 172 daysSocial DemocraticErlander II
SBF
14
Sven Andersson
Sven Andersson
(1910–1987)
22 March 195731 October 197316 years, 223 daysSocial DemocraticErlander II
SBF

Erlander III
S

Palme I
S
15
Eric Holmqvist
Eric Holmqvist
(1917–2009)
31 October 19738 October 19762 years, 343 daysSocial DemocraticPalme I
S
16
Eric Krönmark
Eric Krönmark
(born 1931)
8 October 197618 October 19782 years, 10 daysModerateFälldin I
CMFP
17
Lars de Geer
Lars de Geer
(1922–2002)
18 October 197812 October 1979359 daysPeople'sUllsten
FP
(16)
Eric Krönmark
Eric Krönmark
(born 1931)
12 October 19795 May 19811 year, 205 daysModerateFälldin II
CMFP
Anders Dahlgren
Anders Dahlgren
(1925–1986)
Acting
5 May 198122 May 198117 daysCentreFälldin III
CFP
18
Torsten Gustafsson
Torsten Gustafsson
(1920–1994)
22 May 19818 October 19821 year, 139 daysCentreFälldin III
CFP
19
Börje Andersson
Börje Andersson
(1930–1994)
8 October 19821 December 198254 daysSocial DemocraticPalme II
S
Curt Boström
Curt Boström
(born 1926)
Acting
1 December 198217 January 198347 daysSocial DemocraticPalme II
S
20
Anders Thunborg
Anders Thunborg
(1934–2004)
17 January 198314 October 19852 years, 270 daysSocial DemocraticPalme II
S
21
Roine Carlsson
Roine Carlsson
(born 1937)
14 October 19854 October 19915 years, 355 daysSocial DemocraticPalme II
Carlsson I
Carlsson II
S
22
Anders Björck
Anders Björck
(born 1944)
4 October 19917 October 19942 years, 363 daysModerateC. Bildt
MCFPKD
23
Thage G. Peterson
Thage G. Peterson
(born 1933)
7 October 19941 February 19972 years, 117 daysSocial DemocraticCarlsson III
S

Persson
S
24
Björn von Sydow
Björn von Sydow
(born 1945)
1 February 199730 September 20025 years, 241 daysSocial DemocraticPersson
S
Lena Hjelm-Wallén
Lena Hjelm-Wallén
(born 1943)
Acting
30 September 200222 October 200222 daysSocial DemocraticPersson
S
Pär Nuder
Pär Nuder
(born 1963)
Acting
22 October 20024 November 200213 daysSocial DemocraticPersson
S
25
Leni Björklund
Leni Björklund
(born 1944)
4 November 20026 October 20063 years, 336 daysSocial DemocraticPersson
S
26
Mikael Odenberg
Mikael Odenberg
(born 1953)
6 October 20065 September 2007334 daysModerateReinfeldt
MCFPKD
27
Sten Tolgfors
Sten Tolgfors
(born 1966)
5 September 200729 March 20124 years, 206 daysModerateReinfeldt
MCFPKD
Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd
Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd
(born 1963)
Acting
29 March 201218 April 201220 daysModerateReinfeldt
MCFPKD
28
Karin Enström
Karin Enström
(born 1966)
18 April 20123 October 20142 years, 168 daysModerateReinfeldt
MCFPKD
29
Peter Hultqvist
Peter Hultqvist
(born 1958)
3 October 2014Incumbent5 years, 41 daysSocial DemocraticLöfven III
SMP

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