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The cabinet of Stefan Löfven is the present Government of Sweden. It is a coalition cabinet consisting of two parties: the Social Democrats and the Green Party. The cabinet was installed on 3 October 2014, following the 2014 general election.

Stefan Löfven's cabinet
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53rd cabinet of Sweden
Incumbent
Stefan Löfvens regering 2014.jpg
The original Löfven cabinet outside the Stockholm Royal Palace, October 3, 2014.
Date formed 3 October 2014
People and organisations
Head of state Carl XVI Gustaf
Head of government Stefan Löfven
Deputy head of government Margot Wallström (acting)
Isabella Lövin (honorary title)
Former:
Åsa Romson (honorary title, 2014–2016)
No. of ministers 23
Ministers removed
(Death/resignation/dismissal)
5
Member party Social Democrats
Green Party
Status in legislature Coalition minority government
with The Left Party confidence & supply
Opposition party Alliance: (Moderate Party, Centre Party, Liberal People's Party, Christian Democrats)
Sweden Democrats
History
Election(s) 2014 election
Predecessor Cabinet of Reinfeldt

With only 37.9% of the popular votes and 138 out of 349 seats (39.5%) in the Riksdag (Swedish parliament), it is one of the weakest minority governments in Swedish history, and relies on support from other parties in the Riksdag. The cabinet has ruled out cooperation with the Sweden Democrats. This is the first time that the Green Party is part of a cabinet, and the first time in 57 years that the Social Democrats has formed a coalition cabinet. It is led by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, leader of the Social Democrats. The cabinet consists of 12 men and 12 women.[1]

The cabinet was installed following a formal government meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf on 3 October 2014. Stefan Löfven had previously announced his cabinet ministers at 09:00 AM on the same day.[2][3][4][5][6]

In May 2016, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven reshuffled his cabinet. In July 2017, three cabinet ministers (Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman and Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist) was challenged by a vote of confidence by the opposition and a majority in the Riksdag.[7] Löfven subsequently removed Johansson and Ygeman from office, but retained Hultqvist, and the no-confidence motion against Hultqvist collapsed in September 2017 after the Centre Party and Liberals dropped their support for it.[8]

Contents

MinistersEdit

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister   Stefan Löfven 3 October 2014 Incumbent Social Democratic
Deputy Prime Minister[9]
(honorary title)
  Åsa Romson 3 October 2014 25 May 2016 Green
  Isabella Lövin 25 May 2016 Incumbent Green
Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation[10]   Kristina Persson 3 October 2014 25 May 2016 Social Democratic
Minister for Government Coordination
Minister for Energy
  Ibrahim Baylan 25 May 2016 Incumbent Social Democratic
Ministry of Justice[11]
Minister for Justice
Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy
  Morgan Johansson 3 October 2014 27 July 2017 Social Democratic
Minister for Justice
Minister for Home Affairs
  Morgan Johansson 27 July 2017 Incumbent Social Democratic
Minister for Home Affairs   Anders Ygeman 3 October 2014 27 July 2017 Social Democratic
Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy
Deputy Minister for Justice
  Heléne Fritzon 27 July 2017 Incumbent Social Democratic
Ministry for Foreign Affairs[12]
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Deputy Prime Minister (Interim)
  Margot Wallström 3 October 2014 Incumbent Social Democratic
Minister for International Development Cooperation   Isabella Lövin 3 October 2014 25 May 2016 Green
Minister for International Development Cooperation
Minister for the Climate
  Isabella Lövin 25 May 2016 Incumbent Green
Minister for European Union Affairs and Trade   Ann Linde 25 May 2016 Incumbent Social Democratic
Ministry of Defence[13]
Minister for Defence   Peter Hultqvist 3 October 2014 Incumbent Social Democratic
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs[14]
Minister for Social Security   Annika Strandhäll 3 October 2014 27 July 2017 Social Democratic
Minister for Social Affairs   Annika Strandhäll 27 July 2017 Incumbent Social Democratic
Minister for Public Health, Healthcare and Sports   Gabriel Wikström 3 October 2014 27 July 2017 Social Democratic
Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality   Åsa Regnér 3 October 2014 8 March 2018 Social Democratic
  Lena Hallengren 8 March 2018 Incumbent Social Democratic
Ministry of Finance[15]
Minister for Finance   Magdalena Andersson 3 October 2014 Incumbent Social Democratic
Minister for Financial Markets
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Deputy Minister for Finance
  Per Bolund 3 October 2014 Incumbent Green
Minister for Public Administration   Ardalan Shekarabi 3 October 2014 Incumbent Social Democratic
Ministry of Education and Research[16]
Minister for Education   Gustav Fridolin 3 October 2014 Incumbent Green
Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training   Aida Hadžialić 3 October 2014 13 August 2016 Social Democratic
  Anna Ekström 13 September 2016 Incumbent Social Democratic
Minister for Higher Education and Research   Helene Hellmark Knutsson 3 October 2014 Incumbent Social Democratic
Ministry of the Environment[9]
Minister for the Climate and the Environment   Åsa Romson 3 October 2014 25 May 2016 Green
Minister for the Environment   Karolina Skog 25 May 2016 Incumbent Green
Minister for Energy   Ibrahim Baylan 3 October 2014 25 May 2016 Social Democratic
Ministry of Enterprise[17]
Minister for Enterprise and Innovation   Mikael Damberg 3 October 2014 Incumbent Social Democratic
Minister for Housing and Urban Development
Minister for Digitalizion
  Mehmet Kaplan 3 October 2014 18 April 2016 Green
  Per Bolund (Interim) 18 April 2016 25 May 2016 Green
Minister for Housing
Minister for Digital Development
  Peter Eriksson 25 May 2016 Incumbent Green
Minister for Infrastructure   Anna Johansson 3 October 2014 27 July 2017 Social Democratic
  Tomas Eneroth 27 July 2017 Incumbent Social Democratic
Minister for Rural Affairs   Sven-Erik Bucht 3 October 2014 Incumbent Social Democratic
Ministry of Culture[18]
Minister for Culture and Democracy   Alice Bah Kuhnke 3 October 2014 Incumbent Green
Ministry of Employment[19]
Minister for Employment   Ylva Johansson 3 October 2014 Incumbent Social Democratic


Facts and statisticsEdit

The numbers below refer to the composition of the cabinet at its formation on October 3, 2014.

Party breakdownEdit

Party breakdown of cabinet ministers:

18
6

December 2014 budget crisisEdit

On 3 December 2014, the proposed budget of the Löfven Cabinet failed in the Riksdag due to the Sweden Democrats siding with the centre-right opposition Alliance's budget. Prime Minister Löfven announced plans to call for fresh elections in March 2015.[21] However, on 27 December, the early election was cancelled after the governing parties signed an agreement with the four parties in the opposition Alliance.[22] Under the "Decemberöverenskommelsen" (December Agreement), the six parties agreed not to vote against a budget proposed by the government for the next eight years. The December Agreement fell in October 2015 when the Christian Democrats decided to leave it.[23]

PolicyEdit

The government has announced the outline of its policy on 3 October 2014. Plans included reducing unemployment to the lowest level in the EU by 2020, reducing deficits, phasing out nuclear energy, reducing emissions from fossil fuels and having a more socially liberal asylum policy.[24]

In its statement the government identified as feminist. It aims to increase gender equality, reduce the gender wage gap and introduce quota if female representation on governing boards is below 40% by 2016. It also promised to increase penalties for aggravated sexual offences.[24]

The government's foreign policy will consist of pursuing membership of the Security Council and remaining outside NATO. The government said it opposes ISIL. It was the first EU government to recognise the State of Palestine in view to "facilitate a peace agreement by making the parties less unequal",[25] resulting in that Israel the same day recalled its ambassador for consultations.[26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.thelocal.se/20141003/live-blog-lofven-cabinet
  2. ^ "Löfvens nya regering - och de frågor den ska driva". Veckans Affärer (in Swedish). 3 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sveriges nya regering" (in Swedish). Regeringen. 3 October 2014. Archived from the original on 4 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Grönberg, Anna (3 October 2014). "Här är Löfvens regering" (in Swedish). SVT. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Här är de nya ministrarna". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 3 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sveriges nya regering (Sweden's new government)" (in Swedish). Swedish government. 3 October 2014. Archived from the original on 4 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  7. ^ The Alliance: We will put forward a vote of confidence against three minister (in Swedish)
  8. ^ No-confidence motion against Sweden's Defence Minister collapses as two opposition parties back out, The Local (September 14, 2017).
  9. ^ a b "Contact the Ministry of the Environment". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Prime Minister's Office". Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Contact the Ministry of Justice". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Margot Wallström and Isabella Lövin welcomed to the Ministry". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ministry of Defence". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ministry of Health and Social Affairs". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ministry of Finance". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Contact the Ministry of Education and Research". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ministry of Enterprise". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Contact the Ministry of Culture". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Contact the Ministry of Employment". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g Kerpner, Joachim, "Fakta om regeringen", Aftonbladet, retrieved 5 October 2014 
  21. ^ The Local: Sweden's Prime Minister calls fresh election
  22. ^ "Sparar över 100 miljoner kronor". Aftonbladet.se. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  23. ^ Forsberg, Oskar (9 October 2015). "Kinberg Batra: "Överenskommelsen är upphävd"". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  24. ^ a b Prime Minister's Office, "Statement of Government Policy 3 October 2014". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  25. ^ Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs. "Sweden today decides to recognise the State of Palestine". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  26. ^ Israel recalls ambassador to Stockholm after Swedens decision to recognize Palestinian state, Jerusalem Post 30 October 2014
Preceded by
Reinfeldt
Cabinet of Sweden
2014–present
Incumbent