Maria Arnholm

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Maria Arnholm
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Governor of Kronoberg County
Assumed office
1 February 2020
Appointed byStefan Löfven
Preceded byIngrid Burman
Secretary of the Liberals
In office
3 October 2014 – 28 June 2019
Party leaderJan Björklund
Preceded byNina Larsson
Succeeded byJuno Blom
Member of the Riksdag
In office
3 October 2014 – 31 January 2020
ConstituencyStockholm County
Minister for Gender Equality
In office
21 January 2013 – 3 October 2014
Prime MinisterFredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded byNyamko Sabuni
Succeeded byÅsa Regnér
Personal details
Born (1958-03-16) 16 March 1958 (age 63)
Partille, Sweden
Political partyLiberals
Alma materStockholm University

Maria Elisabet Wallgren Arnholm (born 16 March 1958) is a Swedish politician who has served as Governor of Kronoberg County since 1 February 2020.

Arnholm served as Minister for Gender Equality and as deputy Minister for Education in the Swedish Government from 2013 to 2014[1] and as Party Secretary of the Liberals from October 2014 to June 2019.

Education and career[]

Arnholm is an educated jurist, and studied at Stockholm University from 1978 to 1983. Arnholm was chief of staff to Bengt Westerberg during his tenure as Minister for Health and Social Affairs from 1991 to 1994. She went on to be communications director for Coop Norden AB from 2002 to 2006, and was CEO for PR agency from 2006 to 2012. Arnholm was appointed to become Nyamko Sabuni's State Secretary on 25 May 2012 and served in that position until 21 January 2013.

In the morning of 21 January 2013, Arnholm was appointed Minister for Gender Equality following the sudden resignation of Nyamko Sabuni.[2] She also took office as deputy Minister for Education.

Following the 2014 defeat, Arnholm was appointed Secretary of the Liberal People's Party, now the Liberals, as the cabinet of Reinfeldt left office on 3 October 2014.


Government offices
Preceded by Minister for Gender Equality
Succeeded by
Deputy Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Secretary of the Liberals
Succeeded by
Civic offices
Preceded by Governor of Kronoberg County
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