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Ola Ullsten

Ola Ullsten
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Ola Ullsten
Prime Minister of Sweden
In office
18 October 1978 – 12 October 1979
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
DeputySven Romanus
Preceded byThorbjörn Fälldin
Succeeded byThorbjörn Fälldin
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
12 October 1979 – 8 October 1982
Prime MinisterThorbjörn Fälldin
Preceded byHans Blix
Succeeded byLennart Bodström
Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
In office
1 August 1980 – 8 October 1982
Prime MinisterThorbjörn Fälldin
Preceded byIngemar Mundebo
Succeeded byIngvar Carlsson
In office
7 March 1978 – 18 October 1978
Prime MinisterThorbjörn Fälldin
Preceded byPer Ahlmark
Succeeded bySven Romanus
Personal details
Born(1931-06-23)23 June 1931
Teg, Sweden
Died28 May 2018(2018-05-28) (aged 86)
Öja, Sweden
Political partyLiberal People's Party
Spouse(s)Evi Esko
(m. 1961; div. 1981)

Louise Beaudoin
(m. after 1989)
ChildrenWith Evi Esko:
Maria Ullsten
Katarina Ullsten
With Louise Beaudoin:
Nicolas Beaudoin-Ullsten
Christian Beaudoin-Ullsten

Stig Kjell Olof (Ola) Ullsten (23 June 1931 – 28 May 2018) was a Swedish politician and diplomat who was Prime Minister of Sweden from 1978 to 1979 and leader of the Liberal People's Party from 1978 to 1983.[1] He also served as Deputy Prime Minister briefly in 1978 and then again from 1980 to 1982 and served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1979 to 1982.

Background and early career

Ullsten was born in Teg, Västerbotten, a small town that would ultimately be annexed as a part of county capital Umeå. He is the son of forestry inspector Carl Augustin Ullsten (14 August 1892 – 27 March 1977) and schoolteacher Kristina (née Röström; 27 February 1900 – 23 March 1993).[2] Ullsten joined the Liberal Youth of Sweden and the People's Party in the spring of 1958.[3]

In his youth he made several travels to the United States, and in 1959 took an active part in the successful campaign to elect liberal Republican Nelson Rockefeller governor of New York. He served as the head of the Liberal Youth of Sweden between 1962 and 1964 and was elected to parliament in 1964.

Ministerial and political appointments

Upon the formation in 1976 of the first non-socialist government in Sweden in 40 years, he was appointed Minister for International Development. When Liberal Party leader Per Ahlmark resigned in 1978, Ullsten was elected party leader.

Prime Minister of Sweden

Sweden's center-right coalition government broke up later in 1978, mainly owing to disagreements over energy policy. Ullsten then succeeded to the post of Prime Minister of Sweden, heading a minority government consisting of Liberal Party and independent ministers. After the successful survival of the coalition in the 1979 parliamentary elections, he resigned as prime minister in favor of Thorbjörn Fälldin, his predecessor.

Later career

He then went on to serve as Minister for Foreign Affairs under the new three-party government of Thorbjörn Fälldin from 1979 to 1982. He has later served as the Swedish Ambassador to Canada, also accredited to The Bahamas from 1984 to 1989 and Italy, also accredited to Albania from 1989 to 1995.[4]

Personal life

In 1961 he married Evi Esko (29 October 1931 – 2 January 1992),[5] daughter of the teachers Roman Esko and Elsa Tammik.[6] They divorced in 1981 and in 1989 Ullsten married Louise Beaudoin (born 1954).[4]

Ullsten died on 28 May 2018 at the age of 86 of natural causes.[7][8]


  • Folkpartiet och reformerna : liberala riksdagsinitiativ 1902-1960 (1960)
  • Guide-lines for international development co-operation (1978)
  • Liberaler om utveckling (1978)
  • Sweden and the developing countries (1979)
  • Vad ska vi göra med kulturpolitiken? : anföranden och kommentarer kring den svenska kulturpolitikens "fem-årsdag" (1979)
  • Lättsinnet i siffror : en sammanfattning av socialdemokraternas ställningstaganden till de 15 viktigaste besparingsförslagen (1982)
  • Kämpande liberalism : anförande (1982)
  • Ola Ullsten : partiledaren, demokraten, internationalisten, folkpartisten, statsministern, idédebattören (1983)
  • Så blev det (2013)

See also


  1. ^ "Ola Ullsten". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  2. ^ Bergstrand, Mats (2010). Bergstrand, Mats; Ohlsson, Per T. (eds.). Ola Ullsten. Sveriges statsministrar under 100 år ; 18 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Bonnier. pp. 15–16. ISBN 9789100119744. SELIBR 11859245.
  3. ^ Ahlmark, Per (2011). Gör inga dumheter medan jag är död!: memoarer (in Swedish). Stockholm: Atlantis. p. 307. ISBN 978-91-7353-470-3. SELIBR 12142631.
  4. ^ a b Uddling, Hans; Paabo, Katrin, eds. (1992). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1993 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1993] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 1127. ISBN 91-1-914072-X.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Lagerström, Sten, ed. (1968). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1969 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1969] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 978.
  7. ^ "Tidigare stadsministern Ola Ullsten är död" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^
Political offices
Preceded by
Thorbjörn Fälldin
Prime Minister of Sweden
Succeeded by
Thorbjörn Fälldin
Preceded by
Hans Blix
Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Lennart Bodström
Party political offices
Preceded by
Per Ahlmark
Leader of the Swedish Liberal People's Party
Succeeded by
Bengt Westerberg
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Kaj Björk
Ambassador of Sweden to Canada
Succeeded by
Håkan Berggren
Preceded by
Kaj Björk
Ambassador of Sweden to The Bahamas
Succeeded by
Håkan Berggren
Preceded by
Sven Fredrik Hedin
Ambassador of Sweden to Italy
Succeeded by
Torsten Örn
Preceded by
Jan af Sillén
Ambassador of Sweden to Albania
Succeeded by
Torsten Örn

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