The cabinet of Stefan Löfven (Swedish: Regeringen Löfven) is the present caretaker Government of Sweden. It is a coalition, consisting of two parties: the Social Democrats and the Green Party. The cabinet was installed on 3 October 2014, following the 2014 general election. It lost a vote of no confidence following the 2018 election.
With only 37.9% of the popular votes in 2014 and 138 out of 349 seats (39.5%) in the Riksdag (Swedish parliament), the “red-green” coalition began as one of the weakest minority governments in Swedish history and relied on support from other parties in the Riksdag. At the 2018 election it became weaker, gaining only 32.6% of the votes. On 25 September 2018 the Riksdag passed a motion of no confidence in it by 204 votes to 142, and Löfven resigned. However, the Speaker then invited him to stay on as acting Prime Minister of a caretaker government.
2014 was the first time that the Green Party had been part of a government, and the first time in 57 years that the Social Democrats had formed a coalition cabinet. From then on this was led by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, leader of the Social Democrats. The cabinet consists of 12 men and 12 women.
The cabinet was installed following a formal government meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf on 3 October 2014. Stefan Löfven had previously announced his cabinet ministers at 09:00 AM on the same day.
In May 2016, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven reshuffled his cabinet. In July 2017, three cabinet ministers (Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman and Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist) was challenged by a vote of confidence by the opposition and a majority in the Riksdag. Löfven subsequently removed Johansson and Ygeman from office, but retained Hultqvist, and the no-confidence motion against Hultqvist collapsed in September 2017 after the Centre Party and Liberals dropped their support for it. The cabinet has ruled out cooperation with the Sweden Democrats.
|Stefan Löfven's cabinet|
53rd cabinet of Sweden
The original Löfven cabinet outside the Stockholm Royal Palace, October 3, 2014.
|Date formed||3 October 2014|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Carl XVI Gustaf|
|Head of government||Stefan Löfven|
|Deputy head of government||Margot Wallström (acting) |
Isabella Lövin (honorary title)
Åsa Romson (honorary title, 2014–2016)
|No. of ministers||23|
|Member party||Social Democrats|
|Status in legislature||Centre-left coalition minority government|
with confidence & supply from the Left Party
|Opposition party||Alliance: (Moderate Party, Centre Party, Liberal People's Party, Christian Democrats)|
|Portfolio||Minister||Took office||Left office||Party|
|Prime Minister's Office|
|Prime Minister||Stefan Löfven||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Deputy Prime Minister|
|Åsa Romson||3 October 2014||25 May 2016||Green|
|Isabella Lövin||25 May 2016||Incumbent||Green|
|Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation||Kristina Persson||3 October 2014||25 May 2016||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Government Coordination |
Minister for Energy
|Ibrahim Baylan||25 May 2016||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Ministry of Justice|
|Minister for Justice|
Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy
|Morgan Johansson||3 October 2014||27 July 2017||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Justice|
Minister for Home Affairs
|Morgan Johansson||27 July 2017||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Home Affairs||Anders Ygeman||3 October 2014||27 July 2017||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy|
Deputy Minister for Justice
|Heléne Fritzon||27 July 2017||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Ministry for Foreign Affairs|
|Minister for Foreign Affairs|
Deputy Prime Minister (Interim)
|Margot Wallström||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Minister for International Development Cooperation||Isabella Lövin||3 October 2014||25 May 2016||Green|
|Minister for International Development Cooperation|
Minister for the Climate
|Isabella Lövin||25 May 2016||Incumbent||Green|
|Minister for European Union Affairs and Trade||Ann Linde||25 May 2016||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Ministry of Defence|
|Minister for Defence||Peter Hultqvist||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Ministry of Health and Social Affairs|
|Minister for Social Security||Annika Strandhäll||3 October 2014||27 July 2017||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Social Affairs||Annika Strandhäll||27 July 2017||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Public Health, Healthcare and Sports||Gabriel Wikström||3 October 2014||27 July 2017||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality||Åsa Regnér||3 October 2014||8 March 2018||Social Democratic|
|Lena Hallengren||8 March 2018||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Ministry of Finance|
|Minister for Finance||Magdalena Andersson||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Financial Markets|
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Deputy Minister for Finance
|Per Bolund||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Green|
|Minister for Public Administration||Ardalan Shekarabi||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Ministry of Education and Research|
|Minister for Education||Gustav Fridolin||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Green|
|Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training||Aida Hadžialić||3 October 2014||13 August 2016||Social Democratic|
|Anna Ekström||13 September 2016||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Higher Education and Research||Helene Hellmark Knutsson||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Ministry of the Environment|
|Minister for the Climate and the Environment||Åsa Romson||3 October 2014||25 May 2016||Green|
|Minister for the Environment||Karolina Skog||25 May 2016||Incumbent||Green|
|Minister for Energy||Ibrahim Baylan||3 October 2014||25 May 2016||Social Democratic|
|Ministry of Enterprise|
|Minister for Enterprise and Innovation||Mikael Damberg||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Housing and Urban Development |
Minister for Digitalization
|Mehmet Kaplan||3 October 2014||18 April 2016||Green|
|Per Bolund (Interim)||18 April 2016||25 May 2016||Green|
|Minister for Housing |
Minister for Digital Development
|Peter Eriksson||25 May 2016||Incumbent||Green|
|Minister for Infrastructure||Anna Johansson||3 October 2014||27 July 2017||Social Democratic|
|Tomas Eneroth||27 July 2017||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Minister for Rural Affairs||Sven-Erik Bucht||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
|Ministry of Culture|
|Minister for Culture and Democracy||Alice Bah Kuhnke||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Green|
|Ministry of Employment|
|Minister for Employment||Ylva Johansson||3 October 2014||Incumbent||Social Democratic|
The numbers below refer to the composition of the cabinet at its formation on 3 October 2014.
Party breakdown of cabinet ministers:
On 3 December, 2014, the proposed budget of the Löfven Cabinet failed in the Riksdag due to the Sweden Democrats siding with the centre-right opposition Alliance's budget. Prime Minister Löfven announced plans to call for fresh elections in March 2015. However, on 27 December, the early election was cancelled after the governing parties signed an agreement with the four parties in the opposition Alliance. Under the "Decemberöverenskommelsen" (December Agreement), the six parties agreed not to vote against a budget proposed by the government for the next eight years. The December Agreement fell in October 2015 when the Christian Democrats decided to leave it.
The government has announced the outline of its policy on 3 October 2014. Plans included reducing unemployment to the lowest level in the EU by 2020, reducing deficits, phasing out nuclear energy, reducing emissions from fossil fuels and having a more socially liberal asylum policy.
In its statement the government identified as feminist. It aims to increase gender equality, reduce the gender wage gap and introduce quota if female representation on governing boards is below 40% by 2016. It also promised to increase penalties for aggravated sexual offences.
The government's foreign policy will consist of pursuing membership of the Security Council and remaining outside NATO. The government said it opposes ISIL. It was the first EU government to recognise the State of Palestine in view to "facilitate a peace agreement by making the parties less unequal", resulting in that Israel the same day recalled its ambassador for consultations.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven lost the motion of no confidence against him and his cabinet on 25 September 2018. 142 members of parliament voted for retaining Löfven's cabinet while 204 voted against. Löfven stated in a subsequent press conference that he will not be stepping down as Social Democratic party leader and that he is willing to partake in talks regarding the formation of a new government, but insists that it is ultimately up to the Speaker of the Riksdag. Löfven also stated that he finds it completely unbelievable that the Alliance could ever form a government, if they intend on holding their promise of not co-operating with the Sweden Democrats. Löfven and his cabinet will continue to serve as a caretaker government until a new cabinet is elected.
| Cabinet of Sweden