Anna Ekström

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Person.png Anna Ekström  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, bureaucrat)
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Born23 June 1959
Alma materStockholm University
ParentsTorsten Jonsson
SiblingsHåkan Jonsson
SpouseLars Ekström
Member ofTrilateral Commission
PartySwedish Social Democratic Party

Employment.png Sweden/Minister of Education

In office
21 January, 2019 - Present

Anna Elsa Gunilla Ekström, born Jonsson, is a Swedish lawyer , civil servant and social democratic politician. She was Minister of Secondary Education and Knowledge Promotion in the years 2016–2019. Since January 21, 2019, she is Minister of Education.[1]

She is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.

Early Life

Anna Ekström attended Bromma Secondary School in Stockholm. She took a basic course in history one semester in 1980 at Stockholm University and later studied the law program at the same university, where she obtained a law degree (LL.M.) in 1988. After graduating, she was a notary public at Huddinge District Court in 1988–1990. During her studies, she held positions of trust within the student organization of the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (Saco), a confederation of 26 independent associations for graduate professionals with a university or college degree.


She later became, among other things, secretary of the Labor Court (1992–1995) and head of planning in the Prime Minister's Office (1997–1998). Between 1998 and 2001, she was State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

In 2001, she returned to Saco and succeeded [[[Anders Milton]] as chairman of the central organization. In addition to this assignment, she was then also a member of the boards of Uppsala University and the Labor Market Board. Her international efforts within Saco led to her being named a Knight of the French Legion of Honor.

Anna Ekström was elected in 2009 as a member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences. She was appointed by the government in 2013 as chairman of the board of Linköping University, where she succeeded Bengt Westerberg. She was Director General of the National Agency for Education from 23 May 2011 until her appointment as Minister in 2016, and chaired the 2015 School Commission. During the period 13 September 2016 to 21 January 2019, she was Minister of Upper Secondary Education and Knowledge Promotion in the Löfven I government. Since January 21, 2019, she is Minister of Education. [2] Other

After the parliamentary elections in 2006, she is said to have been offered by the Conservative leader Fredrik Reinfeldt to join his government as Minister of Labor, but declined. [3]

Anna Ekström is the daughter of the public prosecutor Torsten Jonsson and Birgitta Jonsson, born Gyllenhammar , and the sister of the [Liberals (Sweden)|liberal]] former state secretary Håkan Jonsson. She has been married since 1986 to civil engineer Lars Ekström (born 1960). The couple has two daughters together.