Minister of Defence (Sweden)

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.

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

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 DefenceEdit

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
1Per Albin Hansson
(1885–1946)
1 July 192027 October 1920118 daysSocial DemocraticBranting I
S
2Carl Gustaf Hammarskjöld
(1865–1940)
27 October 19206 June 1921222 daysElectoral LeagueDe Geer d.y.
von Sydow
3Otto Lybeck
(1871–1947)
6 June 192113 October 1921129 daysIndependentvon Sydow
(1)Per Albin Hansson
(1885–1946)
13 October 192119 April 19231 year, 188 daysSocial DemocraticBranting II
S
4Carl Malmroth
(1874–1934)
19 April 192318 October 19241 year, 182 daysIndependentTrygger
AvF
(1)Per Albin Hansson
(1885–1946)
18 October 19247 June 19261 year, 232 daysSocial DemocraticBranting III
Sandler
S
5Gustav Rosén
(1876–1942)
7 June 19262 October 19282 years, 117 daysLiberalEkman I
FFL
6Harald Malmberg
(1879–1948)
2 October 19287 June 19301 year, 248 daysElectoral LeagueLindman II
AvF
7Carl Gustaf Ekman
(1872–1945)
7 June 193019 June 19311 year, 12 daysFreeminded People'sEkman II
FF
8Anton Rundqvist
(1885–1973)
19 June 193124 September 19321 year, 97 daysIndependentHamrin
FF
9Ivar Vennerström
(1881–1945)
4 September 193219 June 19363 years, 269 daysSocial DemocraticHansson I
S
10Janne Nilsson
(1882–1938)
19 June 19369 December 19382 years, 173 daysFarmers' LeaguePehrsson-Bramstorp
BF

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

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

Erlander III
S

Palme I
S
15Eric Holmqvist
(1917–2009)
31 October 19738 October 19762 years, 343 daysSocial DemocraticPalme I
S
16Eric Krönmark
(born 1931)
8 October 197618 October 19782 years, 10 daysModerateFälldin I
CMFP
17Lars de Geer
(1922–2002)
18 October 197812 October 1979359 daysPeople'sUllsten
FP
(16)Eric Krönmark
(born 1931)
12 October 19795 May 19811 year, 205 daysModerateFälldin II
CMFP
Anders Dahlgren
(1925–1986)
Acting
5 May 198122 May 198117 daysCentreFälldin III
CFP
18Torsten Gustafsson
(1920–1994)
22 May 19818 October 19821 year, 139 daysCentreFälldin III
CFP
19Börje Andersson
(1930–1994)
8 October 19821 December 198254 daysSocial DemocraticPalme II
S
Curt Boström
(1926–2014)
Acting
1 December 198217 January 198347 daysSocial DemocraticPalme II
S
20Anders Thunborg
(1934–2004)
17 January 198314 October 19852 years, 270 daysSocial DemocraticPalme II
S
21Roine Carlsson
(born 1937)
14 October 19854 October 19915 years, 355 daysSocial DemocraticPalme II
Carlsson I
Carlsson II
S
22Anders Björck
(born 1944)
4 October 19917 October 19942 years, 363 daysModerateC. Bildt
MCFPKD
23Thage G. Peterson
(born 1933)
7 October 19941 February 19972 years, 117 daysSocial DemocraticCarlsson III
S

Persson
S
24Björn von Sydow
(born 1945)
1 February 199730 September 20025 years, 241 daysSocial DemocraticPersson
S
Lena Hjelm-Wallén
(born 1943)
Acting
30 September 200222 October 200222 daysSocial DemocraticPersson
S
Pär Nuder
(born 1963)
Acting
22 October 20024 November 200213 daysSocial DemocraticPersson
S
25Leni Björklund
(born 1944)
4 November 20026 October 20063 years, 336 daysSocial DemocraticPersson
S
26Mikael Odenberg
(born 1953)
6 October 20065 September 2007334 daysModerateReinfeldt
MCFPKD
27Sten Tolgfors
(born 1966)
5 September 200729 March 20124 years, 206 daysModerateReinfeldt
MCFPKD
Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd
(born 1963)
Acting
29 March 201218 April 201220 daysModerateReinfeldt
MCFPKD
28Karin Enström
(born 1966)
18 April 20123 October 20142 years, 168 daysModerateReinfeldt
MCFPKD
29Peter Hultqvist
(born 1958)
3 October 2014Incumbent6 years, 115 daysSocial DemocraticLöfven III
SMP

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