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CV Pål Jonson


Minister for Defence

Ministry of Defence


Moderate Party

Areas of responsibility

  • Defence
  • Military defence


  • 2009
    Visiting researcher at NATO Defense College, Rome
  • 2005
    PhD in War Studies, Kings College London
  • 1999
    Master’s degree in European policy, College of Europe Bruges
  • 1997
    Bachelor’s degree in international policy, Georgetown University

Positions and assignments

  • 2022-
    Minister for Defence
  • 2020-2022
    Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence
  • 2016-2022
    Member of the Riksdag
  • 2014-2016
    Secretary-General, Swedish Atlantic Council
  • 2013-2016
    Communications Director, Swedish Security & Defence Industry Association
  • 2010-2012
    Chair of the Moderate Party in Värmland
  • 2010-2022
    Member of the Municipal Council of Arvika
  • 2007-2012
    Foreign policy adviser, Moderate Party Parliamentary Secretariat
  • 2006-2007
    Political adviser, Ministry of Defence
  • 2000-2005
    Security policy analyst, Swedish Defence Research Agency
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Photo: Kristian Pohl/Government Offices of Sweden

The defence of Sweden is a core task of the State and fundamental to our democracy and freedom. Stronger defence, NATO membership and support to Ukraine enhance our security in uncertain times.


Pål Jonson was born in 1972 in Arvika. He is married and has three children.