|Minister for Defence|
21 October 2002 – 6 October 2006
|Preceded by||Björn von Sydow|
|Succeeded by||Mikael Odenberg|
5 July 1944|
|Political party||Social Democrats|
Leni Björklund grew up in Örebro. She graduated from Uppsala University with a B.A. As a local politician, Björklund was a Commissioner in the 1970s and 1980s, first in Järfälla Municipality north of Stockholm 1977-1979, and later in Stockholm County Council 1980-1989. She went on to work as Managing Director for the Planning and Rationalisation Institute for the Health and Social Services.
When Prime Minister Göran Persson appointed her on October 21, 2002, she was the secretary-general of the Church of Sweden, a position she had held since 1999. Björklund was Sweden's first female Minister for Defence.
As a female, she has not done any national service in the military of Sweden, and she was the first Minister of Defence to not have done so.
Björn von Sydow
| Minister for Defence