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Ann Linde

Ann Linde

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Swedish Social Democratic Party

Areas of responsibility
• Democracy and human rights
• Foreign and security policy
• International law

Born 1961. Lives in Stockholm. Married, two children.

Educational background
Bachelor of political science, sociology and economics, Stockholm University 1994
Upper secondary school: technical programme, telecommunications specialisation 1977–1981

Positions and assignments
Positions held
Minister for Foreign Affairs 2021– 
Minister for Foreign Affairs 2019–2021 
Minister for Foreign Trade, with responsibility for Nordic affairs 2019–2019
Minister for EU Affairs and Trade 2016–2018
State Secretary, Ministry of Justice 2014–2016
Head of the International Unit, Party of European Socialists (PES), Brussels 2013–2014
International Secretary, Swedish Social Democratic Party, head of international staff and member of the party office management group 2000–2013
International coordinator, Swedish Social Democratic Party group in the Riksdag 1999–2000
Political Adviser, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 1994–1998
Inquiry Secretary, Swedish Social Democratic Party group in the Parliamentary Committee on European Union Affairs 1993–1994
Desk Officer, Ministry of Public Administration and Ministry for Foreign Affairs 1989–1993
General Secretary, National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations (LSU) 1984–1988
Case officer, Swedish School Students’ Union 1982–1984
Secretary, Swedish Union of Secondary School Students (SECO) 1981–1982

Member of The ECFR Council 2021–
Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security 2021–
and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) 2016–
Board member, The Anna Lindh Memorial Fund Member, Joint Committee of the Nordic Social Democratic Labour Movement (SAMAK) working group on foreign affairs and security policy 2001–2013
Member, Party of European Socialists steering committee 2000–2013
Board member, vice chair, Olof Palme International Centre 2001–2013
Expert, Government Inquiry into young people’s living conditions and future prospects 1993
Member, board and executive committee of the Council of Europe’s European Youth Foundation and European 1991–1993
Youth Centre in Strasbourg 1990
Expert, Government youth committee
Member, Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for 1989–1993
Youth (including responsibility for South Africa) 1983–1988
Board member, State Youth Council Permanent co-opted member, Swedish Social Democratic Youth League international committee 1981–1991


Ministerial Meeting

To mark the Freedom Online Coalition’s (FOC) 10th anniversary, Finland, as the Chair, is organising a virtual FOC 10th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting on 3 December 2021, hosted by Pekka Haavisto, the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Ministerial, the culmination of Finland’s FOC Chairship, is an important opportunity to raise the visibility of the Coalition and to set the FOC's goals and vision for the 2020s.