Beatrice Ask

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Beatrice Ask
Swedish Riksdag
for Stockholm Municipality
In office
3 October 1994 – 31 December 2019
In office
11 October 1988 – 28 October 1988
Personal details
Eva Carin Beatrice Ask

(1956-04-20) 20 April 1956 (age 68)
Sveg, Sweden
Political partyModerate Party

Eva Carin Beatrice Ask (born 20 April 1956) is a Swedish politician and a member of the Moderate Party. She has served as Governor of Södermanland County since 1 January 2020.[1]

Ask served as member of the

Minister for Schools from 1991 to 1994 and Minister for Justice
from 2006 to 2014


Ask was born in


Following the

independent schools
without paying any fees.

Since the loss in the

Swedish parliament. She was the Chair of the Moderate Women
in 1997–2001.

Following the

new cabinet. Historically, she is one of very few non-jurists
to hold the post of Minister for Justice in Sweden.

She has been criticized by newspapers and fellow politicians in her role as a Minister of Justice,

National Defence Radio Establishment, as well as her proposal to send lavender-colored envelopes to suspected purchasers of sexual acts, with the head of the Swedish Bar Association, Anne Ramberg, calling the latter "an unacceptable view of human beings. It is a return to medieval times".[5] After the news of the Swedish police controlling the citizenships of fare evaders in the Stockholm subway, Ask supported the REVA project and continuing in-country foreigner checks.[6] An open letter to the minister describing the more recent public uproar has received worldwide attention, and was carried in the New York Times,[7]
written in opposition of police actions in Stockholm.

In January 2014, she shared a link on Facebook to a satirical website article about marijuana killing 37 people in the US following the

legalization in the state of Colorado, and tied it to her anti-drug stand as a youth politician. Her post was ridiculed and criticized after it spread on social media.[8] Her press secretary later told the Aftonbladet newspaper that the minister had all the time been aware that the article was satirical.[9]

At the end of her time in office as Minister for Justice, she was the fourth longest-serving person to the hold the office out of 41 individuals. She was second deputy leader of the Moderate Party from 2009 to 2015.

Personal life

Ask was formerly in a relationship with Moderate Party politician Christer G. Wennerholm, with whom she has one child. She has a second child from another relationship.[2]


  1. ^ "Beatrice Ask ny landshövding i Södermanlands län | Länsstyrelsen Södermanland". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  2. ^ a b c "Beatrice Ask - CV". Government Offices of Sweden. 24 January 2008. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Ask får KD-kritik för Reva-projektet" (in Swedish). 7 March 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2014./
  4. ^ "Justitieministern öppnar för total övervakning". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 12 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2014./
  5. ^ "Ask vill att sexköpare skäms öppet" (in Swedish). 19 March 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2014./
  6. ^ "Riksdagen i debatt om polisens id-kontroller" (in Swedish). 19 April 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2014./
  7. ^ Khemiri, Jonas Hassen (20 April 2013). "Opinion | Sweden's Closet Racists". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Sweden's Justice Minister Beatrice Ask Ridiculed Over Spoof Marijuana Article". 7 January 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  9. ^ "'Hitler furious' at Swedish minister's satire mishap". Sweden's News in English. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Chairman of the Moderate Youth League
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister for Schools

Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Justice
Succeeded by
Preceded by President by age
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Södermanland County
Succeeded by