Mikael Odenberg

Mikael Odenberg
Minister for Defence
In office
6 October 2006  5 September 2007
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by Leni Björklund
Succeeded by Sten Tolgfors
Personal details
Born (1953-12-14) 14 December 1953
Stockholm, Sweden
Political party Moderate Party
Alma mater Stockholm University
Stockholm School of Economics
Occupation Politician, Major

Mikael Ingemarsson Odenberg (born 14 December 1953 in Stockholm) is a Swedish politician of the Moderate Party. He was a Member of Parliament from 1991 to 2006 and Minister for Defence in the Swedish government from 2006 to 2007. From 1 March 2008 to 28 February 2017 he was the director-general of Svenska kraftnät.[1]

Education and military service

Mikael Odenberg performed his military service in the Coastal Artillery at the KA 4 training regiment in Gothenburg from 1973 to 1974. He finished with good grades and went through Reserve Officer Training in 1976. He also finished a management course at the Swedish National Defence College in 1994. As a Second Lieutenant he was trained at the Söderarm battery in the Roslagen archipelago, outside Stockholm. Odenberg today formally holds the rank of Major.[2]

From 1975 to 1976 Odenburg studied economics at Stockholm University and from 1976 to 1978 he studied at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Political career

From 1972 to 1973, Odenberg was a local government ombudsman for the Moderate Youth League and the Moderate Party in Nacka Municipality outside Stockholm. In 1978 he was elected secretary-general of the Moderate Youth League; and from 1979 to 1985 he was deputy secretary to the Stockholm City Commissioner (real estate, town planning and highway departments) and secretary to the Moderate City Council Group. From 1988 to 1991 he was leader of the Moderate Party's group on healthcare matters in Stockholm County Council. In 1987 and 1991 Odenberg also served as a substitute Member of Parliament. Odenberg was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1991. He served as a member of the parliament's Committee on Housing from 1991 to 1994; as a member of the Committee on Industry and Trade from 1994 to 1998; as a member of the Committee on Labour Market and Committee on EU Affairs from 1998 to 2002; as deputy chairman of the Committee on Industry and Trade from 2002 to 2003; as a member of the War Delegation in 2003; and as leader of the Moderate Party parliamentary group, deputy chairman of the Committee on Finance, and member of the Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2006.

On 6 October 2006 Odenberg was appointed as Minister for Defence. He resigned from this post on 5 September 2007 in protest against planned government defence cuts. At a press conference Odenberg said "I want to be able to face myself in the mirror and look our military in the eye".[3]

Personal life

Mikael Odenberg is married to Catherine, and has four children. He lives with his family in Stockholm.

His sister is Christina Odenberg, a former Bishop of Lund.


  1. Eriksson, Karin (24 March 2017). "Mikael Odenberg pekar ut ny väg för Moderaterna". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  2. Biografi - Mikael Odenberg Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. "Swedish defence Minister resigns over cuts". The Local. 2007-09-05. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
Political offices
Preceded by
Leni Björklund
Minister for Defence
Succeeded by
Sten Tolgfors
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