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The Minister for Justice (Swedish: justitieminister) is the justice minister of Sweden and head of the Ministry of Justice. The current Minister for Justice is Morgan Johansson of the Social Democratic Party.

Minister for Justice of Sweden
Statsråd och chef för Justitiedepartementet
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Incumbent
Morgan Johansson

since 3 October 2014
Ministry of Justice
Member ofThe Government
AppointerThe Prime Minister
Term lengthNo fixed term,
Serves at the discretion of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holderLouis Gerhard De Geer
Formation20 March 1876
DeputyHeléne Fritzon
Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy
Deputy Minister for Justice
Websitewww.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/584

HistoryEdit

The office was instituted in 1809 as a result of the constitutional Instrument of Government promulgated in the same year. Until 1876 the office was called Prime Minister for Justice (Swedish: justitiestatsminister), similar to the office of Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs (Swedish: utrikesstatsminister). Until 1840, the Prime Minister for Justice also served as a member of the Supreme Court. Following the ministry reform in 1840, the Prime Minister for Justice became head of the newly instituted Ministry of Justice. In 1876 the office proper of Prime Minister of Sweden was created and at the same time the Minister for Justice was created. Before 1876 the Prime Minister for Justice had in practice been granted exclusively to members of the most prominent noble families.

List of officeholdersEdit

Prime Ministers for Justice (1809–1876)Edit

Swedish Cabinet Holding Parties - Color key:
Name Took office Left office Political party
Carl Axel Wachtmeister 9 June 1809 5 April 1810 Independent
Fredrik Gyllenborg 5 April 1810 18 August 1829 Independent
Mathias Rosenblad 18 August 1829 16 May 1840 Independent
Arvid Mauritz Posse 16 May 1840 5 September 1840 Independent
Carl Petter Törnebladh (acting) 5 September 1840 14 January 1841 Independent
Carl Petter Törnebladh 14 January 1841 5 January 1843 Independent
Lars Herman Gyllenhaal 5 January 1843 28 December 1844 Independent
Johan Nordenfalk 28 December 1844 9 March 1846 Independent
Arvid Mauritz Posse 23 March 1846 10 April 1848 Independent
Gustaf Sparre 10 April 1848 25 September 1856 Independent
Claës Günther 25 September 1856 7 April 1858 Independent
Louis De Geer 7 April 1858 3 June 1870 Independent
Axel Adlercreutz 3 June 1870 8 April 1874 Independent
Edvard Carleson 4 May 1874 11 May 1875 Independent
Louis De Geer 11 May 1875 20 March 1876 Independent

Ministers for Justice (1876–present)Edit

Color key

 Independent  
Historical parties:  Lantmanna    Protectionist    National Party    Liberal Coalition    Freeminded People's    Liberal    Liberal People's  
Present parties:  Social Democratic    Moderate    Centre    Left    Liberals    Christian Democrats    Green    Sweden Democrats  

Status

  Denotes acting Minister for Justice

Portrait Minister for Justice
(Born-Died)
Term Political Party Coalition Cabinet
Took office Left office Duration
 De Geer d.ä., LouisLouis De Geer d.ä.
(1818–1896)
20 March 1876 (1876-03-20)6 June 1879 (1879-06-06)3 years, 78 daysIndependentDe Geer d.ä.
 Almqvist, Ludvig TeodorLudvig Teodor Almqvist
(1818–1884)
6 June 1879 (1879-06-06)19 April 1880 (1880-04-19)318 daysIndependentDe Geer d.ä.
 Steyern von, NilsNils von Steyern
(1839–1899)
19 April 1880 (1880-04-19)6 February 1888 (1888-02-06)7 years, 293 daysIndependentPosse
Thyselius
Themptander
 Bergström, AxelAxel Bergström
(1823–1893)
6 February 1888 (1888-02-06)28 September 1888 (1888-09-28)235 daysIndependentG. Bildt
 Örbom, AxelAxel Örbom
(1836–1889)
28 September 1888 (1888-09-28)30 May 1889 (1889-05-30)244 daysIndependentG. Bildt
 Östergren, AugustAugust Östergren
(1832–1914)
12 June 1889 (1889-06-12)5 February 1896 (1896-02-05)6 years, 238 daysIndependentÅkerhielm
Boström I
 Annerstedt, LudvigLudvig Annerstedt
(1836–1904)
5 February 1896 (1896-02-05)5 December 1901 (1901-12-05)5 years, 303 daysIndependentvon Otter
 Hammarskjöld, HjalmarHjalmar Hammarskjöld
(1862–1953)
5 December 1901 (1901-12-05)5 July 1902 (1902-07-05)212 daysIndependentvon Otter
 Berger, OssianOssian Berger
(1849–1914)
5 July 1902 (1902-07-05)2 August 1905 (1905-08-02)3 years, 28 daysLantmannaBoström II
Ramstedt
 Berg, GustafGustaf Berg
(1844–1908)
2 August 1905 (1905-08-02)7 November 1905 (1905-11-07)97 daysProtectionistPPLSLundeberg
 Staaff, KarlKarl Staaff
(1860–1915)
7 November 1905 (1905-11-07)29 May 1906 (1906-05-29)203 daysLiberalLSStaaff I
 Petersson, Gustaf AlbertGustaf Albert Petersson
(1851–1938)
29 May 1906 (1906-05-29)7 October 1911 (1911-10-07)5 years, 131 daysElectoral LeagueAvFLindman I
 Sandström, GustafGustaf Sandström
(1865–1930)
7 October 1911 (1911-10-07)17 February 1914 (1914-02-17)2 years, 133 daysLiberalLSStaaff II
 Hasselrot, BerndtBerndt Hasselrot
(1862–1930)
17 February 1914 (1914-02-17)30 March 1917 (1917-03-30)3 years, 41 daysIndependentHammarskjöld
 Stenberg, StenoSteno Stenberg
(1870–1940)
30 March 1917 (1917-03-30)19 October 1917 (1917-10-19)203 daysElectoral LeagueNSwartz
 Löfgren, ElielEliel Löfgren
(1872–1940)
19 October 1917 (1917-10-19)10 March 1920 (1920-03-10)2 years, 143 daysLiberalLSSEdén
 Undén, ÖstenÖsten Undén
(1886–1974)
10 March 1920 (1920-03-10)30 June 1920 (1920-06-30)112 daysSocial DemocraticSBranting I
 Åkerman, AssarAssar Åkerman
(1860–1936)
30 June 1920 (1920-06-30)27 October 1920 (1920-10-27)119 daysSocial DemocraticSBranting I
 Ekeberg, BirgerBirger Ekeberg
(1880–1968)
27 October 1920 (1920-10-27)13 October 1921 (1921-10-13)351 daysIndependentDe Geer d.y.
von Sydow
 Åkerman, AssarAssar Åkerman
(1860–1936)
13 October 1921 (1921-10-13)19 April 1923 (1923-04-19)1 year, 188 daysSocial DemocraticSBranting II
 Ekeberg, BirgerBirger Ekeberg
(1880–1968)
19 April 1923 (1923-04-19)18 October 1924 (1924-10-18)1 year, 182 daysIndependentNTrygger
 Nothin, TorstenTorsten Nothin
(1884–1972)
18 October 1924 (1924-10-18)7 June 1926 (1926-06-07)1 year, 232 daysSocial DemocraticSBranting III
Sandler
 Thyrén, JohanJohan Thyrén
(1861–1933)
7 June 1926 (1926-06-07)2 October 1928 (1928-10-02)2 years, 117 daysFreeminded People'sFFLEkman I
 Bissmark, GeorgGeorg Bissmark
(1871–1941)
2 October 1928 (1928-10-02)7 June 1930 (1930-06-07)1 year, 248 daysElectoral LeagueAvFLindman II
 Gärde, NatanaelNatanael Gärde
(1880–1968)
7 June 1930 (1930-06-07)24 September 1932 (1932-09-24)2 years, 109 daysIndependentFFEkman II
Hamrin
 Schlyter, KarlKarl Schlyter
(1879–1959)
24 September 1932 (1932-09-24)19 June 1936 (1936-06-19)3 years, 269 daysSocial DemocraticSHansson I
 Bergquist, ThorwaldThorwald Bergquist
(1899–1972)
19 June 1936 (1936-06-19)28 September 1936 (1936-09-28)101 daysIndependentBFPehrsson-Bramstorp
 Westman, Karl GustafKarl Gustaf Westman
(1876–1944)
28 September 1936 (1936-09-28)30 August 1943 (1943-08-30)6 years, 336 daysFarmers' LeagueSBF
SBFHFP
Hansson II
Hansson III
 Bergquist, ThorwaldThorwald Bergquist
(1899–1972)
30 August 1943 (1943-08-30)31 July 1945 (1945-07-31)1 year, 335 daysPeople'sSBFHFPHansson III
 Zetterberg, HermanHerman Zetterberg
(1904–1963)
31 July 1945 (1945-07-31)20 September 1957 (1957-09-20)12 years, 51 daysSocial DemocraticSBFHFP
S
SBF
Hansson IV
Erlander I
Erlander II
 Lindell, IngvarIngvar Lindell
(1904–1993)
20 September 1957 (1957-09-20)1 December 1959 (1959-12-01)2 years, 72 daysSocial DemocraticSBF
S
Erlander II
Erlander III
 Kling, HermanHerman Kling
(1913–1985)
1 December 1959 (1959-12-01)14 October 1969 (1969-10-14)9 years, 317 daysSocial DemocraticSErlander III
 Geijer, LennartLennart Geijer
(1909–1999)
14 October 1969 (1969-10-14)8 October 1976 (1976-10-08)6 years, 360 daysSocial DemocraticSPalme I
 Romanus, SvenSven Romanus
(1906–2005)
8 October 1976 (1976-10-08)12 October 1979 (1979-10-12)3 years, 4 daysIndependentCMFP
FP
Fälldin I
Ullsten
 Winberg, HåkanHåkan Winberg
(born 1931)
12 October 1979 (1979-10-12)5 May 1981 (1981-05-05)1 year, 205 daysModerateCMFPFälldin II
 Petri, Carl AxelCarl Axel Petri
(1929–2017)
5 May 1981 (1981-05-05)8 October 1982 (1982-10-08)1 year, 156 daysIndependentCFPFälldin III
 Rainer, OveOve Rainer
(1925–1987)
8 October 1982 (1982-10-08)10 November 1983 (1983-11-10)1 year, 33 daysSocial DemocraticSPalme II
 Leijon, Anna-GretaAnna-Greta Leijon
(born 1939)
Acting
11 November 1983 (1983-11-11)15 November 1983 (1983-11-15)5 daysSocial DemocraticSPalme II
 Wickbom, StenSten Wickbom
(1931–2015)
15 November 1983 (1983-11-15)19 October 1987 (1987-10-19)3 years, 338 daysSocial DemocraticSPalme II
Carlsson I
 Leijon, Anna-GretaAnna-Greta Leijon
(born 1939)
19 October 1987 (1987-10-19)7 July 1988 (1988-07-07)232 daysSocial DemocraticSCarlsson I
 Peterson, Thage G.Thage G. Peterson
(born 1933)
Acting
7 July 1988 (1988-07-07)30 September 1988 (1988-09-30)115 daysSocial DemocraticSCarlsson I
 Carlsson, IngvarIngvar Carlsson
(born 1934)
Acting
30 September 1988 (1988-09-30)4 October 1988 (1988-10-04)4 daysSocial DemocraticSCarlsson I
 Freivalds, LailaLaila Freivalds
(born 1942)
4 October 1988 (1988-10-04)4 October 1991 (1991-10-04)3 years, 4 daysSocial DemocraticSCarlsson I
Carlsson II
 Hellsvik, GunGun Hellsvik
(1942–2016)
4 October 1991 (1991-10-04)7 October 1994 (1994-10-07)3 years, 3 daysModerateMCFPKDC. Bildt
 Freivalds, LailaLaila Freivalds
(born 1942)
7 October 1994 (1994-10-07)21 September 2000 (2000-09-21)5 years, 350 daysSocial DemocraticSCarlsson III
Persson
 Hjelm-Wallén, LenaLena Hjelm-Wallén
(born 1943)
Acting
21 September 2000 (2000-09-21)16 October 2000 (2000-10-16)25 daysSocial DemocraticSPersson
 Bodström, ThomasThomas Bodström
(born 1962)
16 October 2000 (2000-10-16)6 October 2006 (2006-10-06)5 years, 355 daysSocial DemocraticSPersson
 Ask, BeatriceBeatrice Ask
(born 1956)
6 October 2006 (2006-10-06)3 October 2014 (2014-10-03)7 years, 362 daysModerateMCFPKDReinfeldt
 Johansson, MorganMorgan Johansson
(born 1970)
3 October 2014 (2014-10-03)Incumbent5 years, 8 daysSocial DemocraticSMPLöfven I
Löfven II
  • According to the data above, Anna-Greta Leijon was the first female appointed as the Minister for Justice (1983). However, Laila Freivalds was the first female with a legal credential to become the Minister for Justice (1988-1991; 1994-2000)--as Leijon had a labor background.

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