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Meet the 22 ministers in Stefan Löfven’s new (ish) government

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented his government on Friday after being reinstated by parliament just two weeks after they toppled him in a no-confidence vote.

Meet the 22 ministers in Stefan Löfven's new (ish) government
Members of the government meeting with the parliamentary speaker, Swedish King and Crown Princess on Friday. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Löfven said he would present his government declaration, outlining the policies it would pursue, in September, but cited his four key priorities as: work, safety, the climate and welfare.

“This is a challenging and very important time for Sweden. We have a new political situation in our country,” he said in a nod to the tight margins between the two traditional political blocs, which led both to him being voted down in the no-confidence motion and voted back in by just 176 MPs (175 were needed to either vote in his favour or abstain).

No new ministers were appointed in the third Löfven government (the other two came after general elections in 2014 and 2018), which once again is made up of members of the Social Democrats and Green Party, both on the centre-left of the political spectrum.

This means Sweden no longer has a Minister of Rural Affairs. The holder of that post, Jennie Nilsson, resigned so that she could return to her seat in parliament to take part in the vote on Löfven’s candidacy as prime minister. MPs leave their seats when they enter government and are replaced, but Nilsson’s replacement has been absent on long-term sick leave, leaving the seat empty.

Instead of bringing Nilsson back to the post, Löfven handed the responsibility for rural affairs to Minister of Trade and Industry Ibrahim Baylan, and may appoint a new minister when parliament reopens after the summer recess in mid-September. This means Baylan may play a key role in negotiations between junior coalition partner the Green Party and the Centre Party, whose support the government needs to pass its budget, because forestry legislation is one of the sticking points between the two parties.

In the front row (L-R) are Per Bolund, Stefan Löfven, Märta Stenevi, and Ibrahim Baylan. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The ministers in the government are the following:

Stefan Löfven (Social Democrats), Prime Minister
Per Bolund (Green Party), Minister for Climate and Deputy Prime Minister
Magdalena Andersson (Social Democrats), Finance Minister
Hans Dahlgren (Social Democrats), Minister for EU Affairs
Mikael Damberg (Social Democrats), Interior Minister
Anna Ekström (Social Democrats), Minister for Education
Tomas Eneroth (Social Democrats), Minister for Infrastructure
Matilda Ernkrans (Social Democrats), Minister for Higher Education and Research
Anna Hallberg (Social Democrats), Minister for Foreign Trade 
Peter Hultqvist (Social Democrats), Minister for Defence
Lena Hallengren (Social Democrats), Minister for Health and Social Affairs
Morgan Johansson (Social Democrats), Minister for Justice and Migration
Ann Linde (Social Democrats), Foreign Minister
Ibrahim Baylan (Social Democrats), Minister of Trade and Industry
Amanda Lind (Green Party), Minister for Culture and Democracy
Åsa Lindhagen (Green Party), Minister for Financial Markets and Deputy Finance Minister
Lena Micko (Social Democrats), Minister for Public Administration
Eva Nordmark (Social Democrats), Minister for Labour
Anders Ygeman (Social Democrats), Minister for Energy and Digitalisation
Per Olsson Fridh (Green Party), Minister for Development Assistance
Ardalan Shekarabi (Social Democrats), Minister for Social Security
Märta Stenevi (Green Party), Minister for Equality and Minister for Housing

Löfven had two days to announce his ministers after being voted back in as Sweden’s leader. 

That vote was called after Löfven became Sweden’s first ever prime minister to lose a motion of no confidence after the Social Democrats’ long-term ally the Left Party (which was opposed to suggested changes to Swedish rental laws, the issue that sparked the conflict) sided with the right-wing opposition to topple the government.

Löfven opted to resign rather than call a snap election, citing the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as a reason to avoid prolonged political uncertainty. This sparked rounds of talks between party leaders, and after leader of the opposition Ulf Kristersson abandoned his own bid to form a government, the torch was passed back to the Social Democrat leader.

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Koran burnings by Danish far-Right extremist no longer causing riots, Swedish police say

Swedish police said there have been no disturbances associated with the Koran burning by Danish far-Right extremist Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs ("Hard Line") this week around Stockholm, unlike the riots seen over Easter.

Koran burnings by Danish far-Right extremist no longer causing riots, Swedish police say

Paludan and his party have been holding demonstrations this week involving burning the Koran, in what Paludan describes as an “election tour” ahead of standing in Sweden’s parliamentary election in September.

However Swedish newswire TT has reported that few people have seemed to care about the shock tactics used and police have confirmed that no major disturbances have occurred as a result of the demonstrations.

This is in stark contrast to the demonstrations over Easter, which resulted in riots involving vandalism and violence aimed primarily at police. A total of 26 police officers were injured and at least 40 people were arrested.

“The police did not anticipate the extent of the protests and the enormous violence that the Easter riots brought with them. I don’t know if we have seen anything similar in Sweden in modern times,” Sten Widmalm, political scientist at Uppsala University, told newswire TT.

Widmalm says there are now fewer people turning up at Paludan’s demonstrations because of the number of people charged over the Easter riots. He also noted the increased police presence and adapted resources by the police, which has stopped anyone getting close to using violence.

Everyone that TT newswire spoke to a demonstration in Fittja torg, said they knew Paludan’s aim was to provoke people.

“I am a Muslim myself and I don’t care. For a true Muslim, all religions are equal. His message is to create conflict and irritation. You shouldn’t give him that,” Himmet Kaya told TT. 

According to Widmalm, there is nothing to indicate that Paludan will be successful at the Swedish election.

“On the other hand, I think that Stram Kurs has influenced Swedish politics very much in such a way that it has exposed large gaps in society. I think awareness of these has increased, due to the Easter riots – although it’s nothing to thank Paludan for.”

In Sweden, you must be a Swedish citizen in order to be elected to parliament. Paludan’s father is Swedish, and he applied for and was granted Swedish citizenship in 2020.

In order to enter the Swedish parliament, Paludan must win at least four percent of the vote in the upcoming election.

In 2019, Paludan stood in Danish parliamentary elections, achieving only 1.8 percent of the vote. Under Denmark’s proportional representation system, parties must achieve at least two percent of the vote in order to enter the Danish parliament.

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