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SWEDEN

Sweden's government is a limited constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Executive authority is vested in the cabinet which consists of a prime minister and 19 ministers who run the government departments. The present Social Democratic government, led by Prime Minister Goran Persson, came to power in 1994 after losing power briefly in 1991. King Carl XVI Gustaf (Bernadotte) ascended to the throne on September 15, 1973. His authority is formal, symbolic, and representational.

The unicameral Riksdag has 349 members, popularly elected every 4 years and is in session generally from September through mid-June.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT
King Carl XVI Gustaf,
Prime Minister Persson, Goran
Dep. Prime Min. Winberg, Margareta
Min. for Agriculture, Food, & Fisheries Nykvist, Ann-Christin
Min. for Children & Families Andnor, Berit
Min. for Culture Ulvskog, Marita
Min. for Defense Bjorklund, Leni
Min. for Democracy & Minority Integration Issues Sahlin, Mona
Min. for Education & Science Ostros, Thomas
Min. for Environment Sommestad, Lena
Min. for Finance Ringholm, Bosse
Min. for Foreign Affairs Lindh, Anna
Min. for Gender Equality Affairs Winberg, Margareta
Min. for Health & Social Affairs Engqvist, Lars
Min. for Industry, Employment, & Communications Pagrotsky, Leif
Min. for Infrastructure Messing, Ulrica
Min. for Justice Bodstrom, Thomas
Min. for Housing Finance, Local Government Finances, & County Administrative Boards Lovden, Lars-Erik
Min. for Development Cooperation, Migration, Asylum Policy, & Cooperation With Central & Eastern Europe Carlsson, Jan
Min. for Policy Coordination Nuder, Par
Min. for Public Health & Social Services (drug issues) Johansson, Morgan
Min. for Working Life (labor issues) Karlsson, Hans
Dep. Min. for Education & Science Hallengren, Lena
Dep. Min. for Finance Lund, Gunnar
Gov. of Swedish Central Bank Heikensten, Lars
Ambassador to the US Eliasson, Jan
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Schori, Pierre