Ardalan Shekarabi

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Ardalan Shekarabi
Swedish Riksdag
for Uppsala County
In office
15 April 2013 – 3 October 2014
Personal details
Born (1978-11-28) 28 November 1978 (age 45)
Social Democrats
SpouseTherese Skoglund Shekarabi

Ardalan Shekarabi (Persian: اردلان شکرآبی; born 28 November 1978) is a Swedish social democratic politician. He was chairman for his party's youth league SSU 2003–2005.[1] He was minister for social security from 2019 to 2022, and had previously served as minister for public administration from 2014 to 2019.[2] From January to October 2019 he was also minister for consumer affairs.[3]

Early life and education

Ardalan Shekarabi is the son of Hassan Shekarabi and Sahra Sajadi. He was born in Manchester in the UK and grew up in Shahriyar outside Tehran in Iran. Shekarabi came to Sweden in 1989 together with his mother as a political refugee from Iran.[4] Together they got an apartment in Gävle and Shekarabi started in a preparatory class at primary school. After receiving a rejection decision on their asylum application to stay in Sweden, the family opposed the decision by hiding from the Swedish authorities. In 1991, they were granted a residence permit for humanitarian reasons.[5]

In 2007, Ardalan graduated from Uppsala University with Master of Laws degree.[6]


In December 2004 Dagens Nyheter revealed that Shekarabi had siphoned funds[7] from his political party's youth fund SSU into an account supposed to be used for integration projects. This account was later used for private purchases. Shekarabi claims he did not know where the money came from.

During Shekarabi's leadership of the SSU it was also revealed that extensive membership cheating had occurred, inflating numbers to gain more funds for SSU.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Nödvändig konflikt inom SSU". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 7 August 2003. Archived from the original on 16 November 2009.
  2. ^ "New ministers at the Ministry of Finance". Government Offices of Sweden. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ Eklundh, Johanna (21 January 2019). "Alla Löfven-regeringens ministrar – hela listan". SVT Nyheter. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Gömd flykting in i regeringen". (in Swedish). 3 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Ministern tillbaka där allt började". 10 June 2016. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  6. ^ "The Swedish Government" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2022. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Hemligt konto bekostade kampanj för SSU-ordförande". Dagens Nyheter. 21 December 2004.
  8. ^ "SSU lovar räfst och rättarting". Svenska Dagbladet. 14 March 2005.
  9. ^ "Shekarabis SSU-distrikt fuskade". Svenska Dagbladet. 18 March 2005. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012.
Party political offices
Preceded by Chairperson of the Social Democratic Youth League
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Social Security
Succeeded by