Ulrica Messing

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Ulrica Messing
Governor of Blekinge County
Assumed office
1 October 2021
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Magdalena Andersson
Ulf Kristersson
Preceded bySten Nordin
Minister for Infrastructure
In office
16 October 2000 – 6 October 2006
Prime MinisterGöran Persson
Preceded byBjörn Rosengren
Succeeded byÅsa Torstensson
Minister for Integration, Sports and Youth
In office
6 October 1998 – 16 October 2000
Prime MinisterGöran Persson
Preceded byLars Engqvist (Integration)
Succeeded byMona Sahlin (Integration)
Minister for Labour Legislation and Gender Equality
In office
22 March 1996 – 6 October 1998
Prime MinisterGöran Persson
Preceded byLeif Blomberg
Succeeded byMargareta Winberg
Personal details
Born (1968-01-31) 31 January 1968 (age 55)
Hällefors, Sweden
Political partySocial Democrats
(m. 2009)

Ulrica Messing (born 31 January 1968 in Hällefors[1]) is a Swedish politician and civil servant who currently serves as Governor of Blekinge County since 2021.[2] A member of the Social Democratic Party, she previously served as Minister for Infrastructure from 2000 to 2006.

Messing was Member of Parliament (MP) from 1991 to 2007, representing Gävleborg County. She was chairman of the parliamentary Committee for Defence from 2006 to 2007, when she resigned from Parliament and ended her political career.

Political career[edit]

Messing completed high school in 1987. She began her political career in the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League and was a member of the Municipal Council in Hofors Municipality from 1989. In 1991 she was elected to the Riksdag as a Member of Parliament. From 1993 she has been a member of the National Board of the Swedish Social Democratic Party.

In 1996 Prime Minister Göran Persson made her a minister. She first served in the Ministry of Labour, from 1998 in the Ministry of Culture, and from 2000 in the Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications.[3]

During her time as Minister for Communications, Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications from 2000 to 2006 she was in charge of Swedish arms exports. During her tenure the volume of Sweden's arms exports grew to become the ninth largest in the world (2005). It increased from 4,4 billion SEK in 2000 to 8,6 billion SEK in 2006. One arms deal during this time that attracted particular criticism was when the Swedish company SAAB exported airplanes to the Pakistan military in a deal worth 8,3 billion SEK, about 1,2 billion USD.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Swedish businessman and multimillionaire Torsten Jansson since 2009.[4]

In 2008 Messing opened a design store called Porthouse Interior in Gothenburg.[5]


  1. ^ Swedish Government Offices Yearbook 2002
  2. ^ "Ulrica Messing ny landshövding i Blekinge". lansstyrelsen.se. 2021-09-03. Retrieved 2023-05-20.
  3. ^ Members of the Swedish Government 1946-, Government of Sweden, accessed 2010-07-09 Archived 2005-09-12 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Ulrica Messing har gift sig Archived 2012-07-14 at the Wayback Machine,Sydsvenskan, 2008-08-30
  5. ^ Wadström, Nisse (2008-10-15). "Här är Ulrica Messings "kärleksaffär"" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2008-10-17.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Labour Legislation and Gender Equality
Succeeded by
Margareta Winberg
Minister for Gender Equality
Preceded by
Lars Engqvist
Minister for Integration
Minister for Integration, Sports and Youth
Succeeded by
Mona Sahlin
Minister for Integration
Preceded by Minister for Infrastructure
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by Governor of Blekine County
Succeeded by