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Ylva Julia Margareta Johansson (born 13 February 1964) is a Swedish politician who served as Minister for Employment in the Swedish Government from 2014 to 2019. She previously served as Minister for Schools from 1994 to 1998 and as Minister for Welfare and Elderly Healthcare from 2004 to 2006. She has been a member of the Swedish Riksdag since 2006.

Ylva Johansson
Ylva Johansson 2014.jpg
European Commissioner for Home Affairs
Assuming office
1 November 2019
PresidentUrsula von der Leyen
SucceedingDimitris Avramopoulos
Minister for Employment
In office
3 October 2014 – 10 september 2019
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byElisabeth Svantesson
Succeeded byEva Nordmark
Minister for Welfare and Elderly Healthcare
In office
13 September 2004 – 6 October 2006
Prime MinisterGöran Persson
Preceded byBerit Andnor
Succeeded byCristina Husmark Pehrsson (Social Security)
Maria Larsson (Elderly Healthcare)
Minister for Schools
In office
7 October 1994 – 6 October 1998
Prime MinisterGöran Persson
Preceded byBeatrice Ask
Succeeded byIngegerd Wärnersson
Member of the Riksdag
for Stockholm
Assumed office
6 October 2006
In office
4 October 1988 – 30 September 1991
Personal details
Born (1964-02-13) 13 February 1964 (age 55)
Huddinge, Sweden
Political partyLeft Party (Before 1992)
Social Democrats (1992–present)
Other political
Party of European Socialists
Spouse(s)Bo Hammar (Divorced)
Erik Åsbrink (2002–2015)
EducationLund University
Stockholm Institute of Education

Education and early careerEdit

Ylva Johansson studied at Lund University and the Stockholm Institute of Education 1983-88 and 1991–92 and holds a Master of Science in education. Upon graduating, she worked as math, physics and chemistry teacher.[1]

Political careerEdit

In the 1988 general elections Johansson was elected as a member of the Riksdag for the Left Party - Communists (VPK). She later left the party and joined the Social Democrats.

From 1992 to 1994 Johansson worked as a teacher, until Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson made her Minister for Schools in his government. In 1998, she and the then Minister for Finance Erik Åsbrink announced their wish to "publicly confirm that we are in love" and their intention to separate from their respective partners. Soon afterwards, Johansson left the government. The following years, she worked in the private sector.

In 2004, Prime Minister Göran Persson appointed Ylva Johansson to the government in a new position, as Minister for Health and Elderly Care, succeeding Lars Engqvist. From 2014, she served as Minister for Employment in the government of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. During her time in office, she worked to tighten labor immigration laws.[2]

Following the 2019 European elections, Löfven nominated Johansson as Sweden's candidate for the post of European Commissioner.[3][4]

Political positionsEdit

Johansson has been described as the “left wing of the Social Democrats.”[5]

In March 2018, Johansson appeared on the BBC, where she claimed that the number of reported rapes and sexual harassment cases in Sweden “is going down and going down and going down.” Johansson later apologized and admitted that the opposite is true.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Johansson has two children with her former husband Bo Hammar and a son with Erik Åsbrink. She an honorary member of Hammarby football club.[7]


  1. ^ Meet the commissioners Politico Europe, September 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Esha Vaish, Johan Sennero and Johan Ahlander (August 1, 2018), Sweden Inc. sounds alarm as election signals jobs clampdown on immigrants Reuters.
  3. ^ Sweden nominates Ylva Johansson as new European Commissioner Government of Sweden, press release of August 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Rafaela Lindeberg (August 8, 2019), Sweden Nominates Ylva Johansson for European Commission Post Bloomberg News.
  5. ^ Meet the commissioners Politico Europe, September 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Paulina Neuding (April 16, 2018), Sweden’s violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image Politico Europe.
  7. ^ Meet the commissioners Politico Europe, September 9, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Beatrice Ask
Minister for Schools
Succeeded by
Ingegerd Wärnersson
Preceded by
Berit Andnor
Minister for Welfare and Elderly Healthcare
Succeeded by
Cristina Husmark Pehrsson
as Minister for Social Security
Succeeded by
Maria Larsson
as Minister for Elderly Healthcare
Preceded by
Elisabeth Svantesson
Minister for Employment
Succeeded by
Eva Nordmark
Preceded by
Cecilia Malmström
Swedish European Commissioner

Taking office 2019
Preceded by
Dimitris Avramopoulos
European Commissioner for Home Affairs

Taking office 2019