Margaretha af Ugglas

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Margaretha af Ugglas
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
4 October 1991 – 7 October 1994
MonarchCarl XVI Gustaf
Prime MinisterCarl Bildt
Preceded bySten Andersson
Succeeded byLena Hjelm-Wallén
Member of the Swedish Parliament
for Member
In office
Personal details
Märta Margaretha Stenbeck

(1939-01-05) 5 January 1939 (age 82)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political partyModerate Party
(m. 1966; died 1977)
RelativesJan Stenbeck (brother)
Alma materStockholm School of Economics
Harvard Business School

Märta Margaretha af Ugglas (née Stenbeck; born 5 January 1939) is a Swedish former Moderate Party politician.[1][2][3] She was Minister for Foreign Affairs between 1991 and 1994.


She is the daughter of Hugo Stenbeck, a lawyer and the founder of Investment AB Kinnevik, and his wife Märta (née Odelfeldt).[4] She was the sister of Hugo Jr (1933–1976), Elisabeth Silfverstolpe (1935–1985) and Jan Stenbeck (1942–2002). af Ugglas fought a bitter feud with her brother Jan over the family fortune, and subsequently withdrew from her brother and Kinnevik.[5]

af Ugglas attended the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration from 1960 to 1971 and graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics in 1964 with a degree in business administration and economics (Civilekonom).[4] She then worked for Veckans Affärer from 1967 to 1968 and Svenska Dagbladet from 1968 to 1973 as an editorial writer.[4] She was a member of the Stockholm County Council from 1971 to 1973, was publisher of the Svensk tidskrift from 1980 to 1991, and sat in the Swedish Riksdag between 1974 and 1995.[6]

After the election victory in September 1991, Margaretha af Ugglas became Sweden's second female Minister for Foreign Affairs. Her term included the finalisation of the negotiations leading up to Sweden's entry into the European Union.[7][8] In 1992, together with an EU Commissioner and nine other Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the Baltic Sea area, she founded the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the EuroFaculty.[9] af Ugglas served as the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE from 1992 to 1993.[6] The Moderate Party lost the 1994 election and she was elected to the European Parliament in 1995.[3] She was vice chairman of the European People's Party from 1996.[6]

She was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, a board member of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and a delegate of the Council of Europe.[4] Furthermore, af Ugglas was board member of the Bulten-Kanthal AB, Investment AB Kinnevik[10] Boliden AB, Swedish Match AB and Stora Kopparbergs Bergslags AB.[11] She was chairman of the Save the Children's Stockholm Association, the Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Organization[10] and the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation from 2002 to 2010.[12]

Personal life[]

In 1966 she married Bertil af Ugglas (1934–1977), the son of Commander Oscar af Ugglas and Ingeborg (née Lewenhaupt).[6]

Awards and decorations[]


  1. ^ "Margaretha af Ugglas (M)". (in Swedish). The Swedish Parliament. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Mrs Margaretha af UGGLAS". Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Your MEPs: Margaretha af UGGLAS". European Parliament. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Öhrström, Kerstin; Andersson, Sigrid, eds. (1988). Vem är hon: kvinnor i Sverige: biografisk uppslagsbok [1988] [Who is she: women in Sweden: biographical reference book [1988]] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 472. ISBN 91-1-863422-2. SELIBR 3621469.
  5. ^ Nilsson, Kerstin (17 March 2015). "Ärvde miljarder – och olycka". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d Salander Mortensen, Jill, ed. (1996). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1997 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1997] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 1142. ISBN 91-1-960852-7. SELIBR 3681533.
  7. ^ "Margaretha af UGGLAS | History of parliamentary service | MEPs | European Parliament". Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  8. ^ "The 1995 enlargement of the European Union: The accession of Finland and Sweden - Think Tank". Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  9. ^ Kristensen, Gustav N. (2010). Born into a Dream. EuroFaculty and the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Berliner Wissentshafts-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8305-1769-6.
  10. ^ a b Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1977 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1977] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. 1976. p. 1042. ISBN 91-1-766022-X. SELIBR 3681523.
  11. ^ Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1985 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1985] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. 1984. p. 1126. ISBN 91-1-843222-0. SELIBR 3681527.
  12. ^ "Margaretha af Ugglas avtackades av Gunilla Carlsson" (PDF) (in Swedish). Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  13. ^ "President of the Republic awards decorations to 168 people". Tallinn: Office of the President of the Republic. 9 February 2000. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
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