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Carl Anders Peter Hultqvist (born 31 December 1958) is a Swedish politician of the Social Democrats. He has been Minister for Defence in the Swedish Government since 3 October 2014.

Peter Hultqvist
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Peter Hultqvist as newly appointed minister in Stockholm on 3 October 2014.
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
3 October 2014
Monarch King Carl XVI Gustaf
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Preceded by Karin Enström
Personal details
Born (1958-12-31) 31 December 1958 (age 59)
Stora Tuna, Sweden
Political party Social Democrats



Hultqvist was elected to the Riksdag in 2006, having previously been chairman of the Municipal Executive Committee of Borlänge from 1989 to 2006. From 2011 to 2014, he was Chairman of the Committee on Defence in the Riksdag.

He was appointed Minister for Defence by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on 3 October 2014. On 26 July 2017, a majority in the Riksdag announced they would put forward a vote of no confidence against him.[1] In a press conference on 27 July Löfven stated that Hultqvist would remain on his post.



His stance on defence policy has become known as the 'Hultqvist Doctrine'. The concept means increased defence spending and close relationships with United States, Finland, and NATO - without becoming a full member of NATO.[4][5]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Karin Enström
Minister for Defence