The EU must become more gender-equal

News from the Government and Government Offices

  • Swedish economy on the way up amid uncertainty

    Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson
    Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

    The Swedish economy is on the way up and, according to the forecast, growth will gradually strengthen in the coming years. However, the situation is uncertain, not least because of developments in Greece. This is the message from Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson, presenting the Ministry of Finance’s latest economic forecast at Almedalen June 30, 2015.

  • HeForShe launched in Sweden

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices

    On 18 June, the United Nations global HeForShe campaign for gender equality was launched in Sweden. The objective is to show that gender equality is not a women’s issue, but an issue for women and men alike. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s message was that more men need to take a stand for gender equality and that he will personally take the lead and implement a broad agenda for greater gender equality in Sweden.

Stefan Löfven holding a speech to students at  the University of Gothenburg.
One of the topics that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven raised during his visit to the University of Gothenburg was the need for greater gender equality in the EU. Photo: Bobbo Lauhage/Kamerapress

Stefan Löfven presented the Government’s priorities in the EU

On 23 March, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented the Government’s priorities in the EU to students on the European Studies Programme at the University of Gothenburg. Among the Government’s priorities in the EU for 2015 are more jobs, sustainable growth, and fair conditions in the labour market.

Minister Åsa Regnér and Rovana Plumb
The joint declaration focuses on upholding the rights of and support for vulnerable groups, not least children and young people. Photo: Government Offices och Sweden

Sweden and Romania cooperate on social policy

On Friday 5 June, Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality and Rovana Plumb, Romania’s Minister of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly signed a joint declaration on social policy.

Photo of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä at Rosenbad.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven welcomed Prime Minister Juha Sipilä on his arrival at Rosenbad. Photo: Sören Andersson/Government Offices

Stefan Löfven received Juha Sipilä, Finland’s Prime Minister

On Monday 8 June, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. They met to discuss bilateral, European and international issues, including competitiveness and growth in the EU, and developments in our neighbourhood.

Photo: Folio

Creative Schools initiative supplemented to include preschool

The Government wants to create conditions for professional artistic and cultural activities for children in the very early years. The Government therefore proposes increasing the allocation to the Creative Schools initiative by SEK 10 million for 2015. This investment will go to professional cultural activities in preschools.

Ministries and ministers

Prime Minister's Office

The Prime Minister’s Office is responsible for leading and coordinating the work of the Government Offices.

Stefan Löfven Prime Minister
Kristina Persson Minister for Strategy, Future Issues and Nordic cooperation

Ministry of Culture

The ministry is responsible for culture, media, democracy, human rights at national level and religious communities.

Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke
Alice Bah Kuhnke Minister for Culture and Democracy

Ministry of Defence

The ministry is responsible for the Government’s defence policy.

Försvarsminister Peter Hultqvist
Peter Hultqvist Minister for Defence

Ministry of Education and Research

The ministry is responsible for the Government’s education, research and youth policy.

Gustav Fridolin Minister for Education
Helene Hellmark Knutsson Minister for Higher Education and Research
Aida Hadzialic Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training

Ministry of Employment

The ministry is responsible for labour market policy and has coordination responsibility for the introduction of newly arrived immigrants.

Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson.
Ylva Johansson Minister for Employment

Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation

The ministry is responsible for the business sector, housing and transport, ICT, regional growth and rural policy.

Mikael Damberg Minister for Enterprise and Innovation
Anna Johansson Minister for Infrastructure
Mehmet Kaplan Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology
Sven-Erik Bucht Minister for Rural Affairs

Ministry of the Environment and Energy

The ministry is responsible for the Government’s environmental, energy and climate policy.

Klimat- och miljöminister Åsa Romson
Åsa Romson Minister for Climate and the Environment, Deputy Prime Minister
Energiminister Ibrahim Baylan
Ibrahim Baylan Minister for Energy

Ministry of Finance

The Ministry of Finance works with issues concerning economic policies, taxes, central government administration, financial markets and consumer policy.

Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson
Magdalena Andersson Minister for Finance
Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi
Ardalan Shekarabi Minister for Public Administration
Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs, Deputy Minister for Finance
Per Bolund Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs, Deputy Minister for Finance

Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sweden's missions abroad are responsible for Sweden’s foreign, development assistance and trade policy.

Utrikesminister Margot Wallström.
Margot Wallström Minister for Foreign Affairs
Biståndsminister Isabella Lövin.
Isabella Lövin Minister for International Development Cooperation

Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

The ministry is responsible for social welfare, including health promotion and health care for the sick.

Minister for Social Security Annika Strandhäll
Annika Strandhäll Minister for Social Security
Portrait of Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér
Åsa Regnér Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality
Photograph of Gabriel Wikström, Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport
Gabriel Wikström Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport

Ministry of Justice

The ministry is responsible for the judicial system, migration and asylum issues, emergency preparedness, fundamental laws, civil law, etc.

Justitie- och migrationsminister Morgan Johansson
Morgan Johansson Minister for Justice and Migration
Anders Ygeman Minister for Home Affairs