Sofia Arkelsten

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Sofia Arkelsten
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Member of the Swedish Riksdag
for Stockholm Municipality
Assumed office
6 October 2006
Secretary of the Moderate Party
In office
1 October 2010 – 20 April 2012
Party leaderFredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded byPer Schlingmann
Succeeded byKent Persson
Personal details
Born (1976-12-06) 6 December 1976 (age 42)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political partyModerate Party

Hanna Sofia Margareta Arkelsten (born 6 December 1976 in Stockholm) is a Swedish politician of the Moderate Party. She has been a member of the Swedish Riksdag from 2006 to 2018, representing her home constituency of Stockholm Municipality.

Arkelsten served as Secretary of the Moderate Party from 2010 to 2012 and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2014.


Early career[edit]

Arkelsten previously worked on Svensk Handel and on ICA Sweden as director of communications.

She was previously active in municipal politics in Stockholm, including the Environment and Health Committee, Maria-Gamla stans District and the City Council. Between 1998-1999 she was the Chairman of student organization Free Conservative Lawyers.

Party Secretary[edit]

On 1 October 2010 she replaced Per Schlingmann as party-Secretary of the Moderate Party.[1] On 20 April 2012 she resigned of her own accord.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sofia Arkelsten was born in Stockholm. In April 2011 she married Olof Torvestig and she is an outspoken vegetarian.[3] Her first child, a daughter, was born on 25 November 2012.[4] On 16 October 2014, Arkelsten made public that she was diagnosed with chronic disease multiple sclerosis (MS).[5]


  1. ^ "Sofia Arkelsten" (in Swedish). Moderaterna. Archived from the original on January 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  2. ^ "Arkelsten avgår med omedelbar verkan" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  3. ^ Dagens Nyheter 9 May 2011, s. A 21. (Married on 16 April 2011.)
  4. ^ Arkelsten is pregnant
  5. ^ Swedish top-politician Sofia Arkelsten: I'm diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Per Schlingmann
Secretary of the Moderate Party
Succeeded by
Kent Persson