Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

Deputy Prime Minister Of Sweden

Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

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The Swedish constitution allows the Prime Minister to appoint one of the Minister in the cabinet as Deputy Prime Minister (biträdande statsminister, sometimes unofficially known as vice statsminister, Vice Prime Minister), in case the Prime Minister for some reason is prevented from performing his or her duties. However, if a Deputy Prime Minister has not been appointed, the Minister in the cabinet who has served the longest time (and if there are several with equal experience the one who is oldest) takes over as head of government (these are marked in italic in the table below).

The role and position of a Deputy Prime Minister may vary. In the three last coalition governments, Fälldin III, Bildt and Reinfeldt, the Deputy Prime Minister was the head of the second-largest coalition partner (Liberals in Fälldin III and Bildt, Centre in Reinfeldt). In the governments Fälldin I and II, however, the Deputy Prime Ministership belonged to the Liberal Party despite the fact that it was the smallest of the three members. The reason for this might be ascribed to an unwillingness on behalf of the Centre and Liberals to give this position to the Moderates, due to ideological differences. In all of these governments, however, the Deputy Prime Minister also had a regular Cabinet portfolio.

The situation is different in the one-party governments that have existed since the position of Deputy Prime Minister was introduced in 1976, namely the Liberal Ullsten government and the Social...
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