|Minister for Defence|
5 September 2007 – 29 March 2012
|Prime Minister||Fredrik Reinfeldt|
|Preceded by||Mikael Odenberg|
|Succeeded by||Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd (acting)|
|Minister for Foreign Trade|
24 October 2006 – 12 September 2007
|Prime Minister||Fredrik Reinfeldt|
|Preceded by||Maria Borelius|
|Succeeded by||Ewa Björling|
|Member of the Swedish Parliament
for Örebro County
3 October 1994 – 31 January 2013
|Succeeded by||Lotta Olsson|
17 July 1966 |
|Political party||Moderate Party|
He served as Minister for Foreign Trade 2006-2007 and as Minister for Defence from 2007 until his resignation in 2012. He was a Member of the Swedish Parliament for Örebro County from 1994 to 2013.
Early life and career
Tolgfors was born in Forshaga as the son of Sture and Anna Brita Kajsa Tolgfors but was raised in Åmål. He lives in Örebro with his wife and children. Tolgfors has a B.A. in political science from the University of Örebro, and has a background in the Red Cross. In local politics he served in the Örebro City Council from 1991 to 1994. He was an political adviser in the Ministry of Defense from 1992 to 1993 and in the Ministry of Enterprise from 1993 to 1994.
He is a conscientious objector, meaning that he refused to carry arms when called to Swedish mandatory military service. He served in the Red Cross instead of doing the military service. However, he changed his mind completely when he saw a few photos from Saddam Hussein's massacre of Iraqi Kurds. A survey conducted by Swedish radio news in November 2008 among local party chairman for the four Alliance parties, showed that Tolgfors was the most unpopular minister in the government.
As an Member of Parliament he has been a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and of the Committee on Enterprise from 1994 to 1998. Since then he has been a member of the Committee on Education from 1998 to 2002 and again from 2003 to 2006. He was a member of the Committee on Social Insurance from 2002 to 2003. Since 2003 he has been a member of the executive board of the Moderate Party. From 2002 to 2003 he was the party's refugee policy spokesman and was later the party's education policy representative between 2003 and 2006. For a short period after the 2006 general election and before his appointment as Minister for Trade, Tolgfors was chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Tolgfors has consistently been involved in bullying issues during his parliamentary period and considers among other things, that schools should use research-based program that provides proven efficacy. He has also campaigned in favor of people with disabilities to a school that is tailored to their needs.
Minister for Foreign Trade
Minister for Defence
Tolgfors has successfully completed the transition from invasion to operational defense and among other things, abolished conscription. He has also successfully brought the Swedish Armed Forces on his policies and also implemented the reforms he wanted. He is the first Minister for Defence who has managed to balance the budget of the Swedish Armed Forces. He was also the only minister of defence worldwide that was a conscientious objector and thus he was not popular among high officers.
On March 6, 2012 Tolgfors received negative attention in the way he dealt with the issue concerning the so-called Project Simoom. Later the same day Tolgfors was registered by Gustav Fridolin to Constitution Committee on plans for a weapons factory in Saudi Arabia. A scandal ensued, and on March 29, 2012, Tolgfors resigned.
- Reinfeldt announces two new ministers, The Local, 24 October 2006 (English) (DN).
- Curriculum Vitae Försvarsdepartementets webbplats.
- Sveriges blivande försvarsministervapenvägrade, Svenska Dagbladet, 5 September 2007 (Swedish).
- They can succeed Tolgfors, Dagens Industri, 29 March 2012 (Swedish)
- Tolgfors resigns from the Riksdag
- Sten Tolgfors at the Riksdag website (Swedish)
- Sten Tolgfors at the Moderate Party website (Swedish)
|Minister for Trade
|Minister for Defence