Minister of Economics (Sweden)

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Minister of Economics of Sweden
Lesser coat of arms of Sweden
Ministry of Economics
AppointerThe Prime Minister
Term lengthNo fixed term
Serves as long as the Prime Minister sees fit
First holderGösta Bohman
Final holderKjell-Olof Feldt
Abolished31 December 1982

The Minister of Economics[1] (Swedish: Ekonomiminister) was a member of the government of Sweden. The minister of economics was the head of the Ministry of Economics from 1976 to 1982 which dealt with long-term guidelines for economic policy, the principle orientation of financial and credit policy, international economic cooperation, statistics, questions regarding banking and insurance, the stock exchange and the monetary system.


The post of minister of economics was created after the 1976 general election when the Ministry of Finance was split into two; The Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of the Budget. The Ministry of Economics would primarily work with general guidelines for economic policy and the principled direction of fiscal and credit policy measures. Gösta Bohman of the Moderate Party became the first minister of economics in Thorbjörn Fälldin's First Cabinet and he was given the task of handling the long-term economic policy, while Ingemar Mundebo of the Liberal People's Party was appointed minister for the budget with handling taxes and salaries etc.[2] The cabinet resigned on 18 October 1978 following discord in the area involving nuclear power. The cabinet was succeeded by Ola Ullsten's First Cabinet. Ingemar Mundebo became minister of economics and minister for the budget.[3]

The cabinet resigned on 12 October 1979 following the 1979 general election to make way for a coalition majority government led by Thorbjörn Fälldin. The cabinet was succeeded by Thorbjörn Fälldin's Second Cabinet where Gösta Bohman again became minister of economics. The division of duties between minister of economics Gösta Bohman and minister for the budget Ingemar Mundebo was the same as in the previous three-party government.[4] Bohman resigned in May 1981 and was succeeded by the liberal Rolf Wirtén as minister of economics and for the budget in Thorbjörn Fälldin's Third Cabinet.[5] The 1982 general election saw the return of the Swedish Social Democratic Party to power after six years in opposition. Kjell-Olof Feldt was appointed minister of economics and for the budget in Palme's Second Cabinet. The Ministry of Finance was re-established on 1 January 1983 and thus the Ministry of Economics and the post of minister of economics were abolished.[6]

List of officeholders

Color key

Historical parties:   Lantmanna     Moderate     National Party     

Present parties:   Social Democrats     Moderate     Centre     Left     Liberals     Christian Democrats     Green     Sweden Democrats  


Portrait Minister
Term Political Party Coalition Cabinet
Took office Left office Duration
Gösta Bohman
Fälldin I
Ingemar Mundebo
Ullsten Cabinet
Gösta Bohman
Fälldin II
Rolf Wirtén
Fälldin II
Fälldin III
Kjell-Olof Feldt
Kjell-Olof Feldt
(born 1931)
8 October 198231 December 198284 daysSocial DemocratsPalme II


  1. SELIBR 8345587
  2. ^ "Bohman leder delat finansdepartement" [Bohman leads a divided finance ministry]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). No. 274. 8 October 1976. p. 1. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Ullsten lovar sänka skatten, höja bidragen" [Ullsten promises to lower taxes, increase subsidies]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). No. 283. 19 October 1978. p. 1. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  4. ^ Crona, Elisabeth; Kjellander, Claes-Göran; Petzell, Sophie (12 October 1979). "Statsrådsposterna klara: Problem för c in i det sista" [The cabinet minister positions ready: Problems for the Centre Party to the end]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). No. 277. p. 5. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Fälldin tar hårt tag om ekonomin" [Fälldin has a firm grip on the economy]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). No. 138. 23 May 1981. p. 1. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  6. ^ Johansson, Kerstin, ed. (24 December 1982). "På nya poster i nya departementen" [New posts in new ministries]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). No. 349. p. 11. Retrieved 10 November 2022.