Minister for Defence (Sweden)

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Minister for Defence of Sweden
Statsråd och chef för försvarsdepartementet
Ministry coat of arms
Command Sign
Incumbent
Pål Jonson
since 18 October 2022
Ministry of Defence
StyleHerr statsråd
Member ofGovernment of Sweden
National Security Council
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

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.

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

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 Pål Jonson, who was appointed on 18 October 2022.

List of Swedish Ministers for Defence

Ministers for War (1840-1920)

Ministers for Naval Affairs (1840-1920)

Ministers for Defence (1920-)

Parties

  
No party
  
Conservative / Moderate Party
  
People's Party

Status

  Denotes acting Minister for Defence
No. Portrait Minister
(Born–Died)
Tenure Political party
Cabinet
Took office Left office Duration
1
Branting I Cabinet
S/SAP
2
Electoral League
De Geer Cabinet
Von Sydow Cabinet
3
Independent
Von Sydow Cabinet
(1)
Branting II Cabinet
S/SAP
4
Electoral League
(1)
Branting III Cabinet
Sandler Cabinet
S/SAP
5
L–L
6
Electoral League
7
L
8
L
9
Ivar Vennerström
Ivar Vennerström
(1881–1945)
4 September 193219 June 19363 years, 269 daysSocial DemocratsHansson I Cabinet
S/SAP
10
C
11
L
12
Erlander I Cabinet
S/SAP
13
C
14
Palme I Cabinet
S/SAP
15
Palme I Cabinet
S/SAP
16
L
17
L
(16)
L
L
18
L
19
Palme II Cabinet
S/SAP
Palme II Cabinet
S/SAP
20
Palme II Cabinet
S/SAP
21
Carlsson II Cabinet
S/SAP
22
L–KD
23
Persson Cabinet
S/SAP
24
Persson Cabinet
S/SAP
Persson Cabinet
S/SAP
Persson Cabinet
S/SAP
25
Persson Cabinet
S/SAP
26
L–KD
27
L–KD
L–KD
28
L–KD
29
Andersson Cabinet
S/SAP
30
L

See also

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