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Eva Carin Beatrice Ask (born 20 April 1956) is a Swedishmarker Moderate Party politician, currently serving as Minister for Justice in the Swedish government.


Ask was born in Svegmarker, Jämtland Countymarker. She earned a high school diploma in Akron, Ohiomarker, United Statesmarker, in 1974, and finished her upper secondary school in Sweden in 1976. From 1978 to 1979 she studied international economics at Uppsala Universitymarker but never graduated. Instead she bagan working for the Moderate Party and the Moderate Youth League, before being elected the first female chairman of the youth league in 1984. She was re-elected in 1986 and served a second term until 1988, when she was elected city commissioner with responsibility for schools ( ) in the city council of Stockholmmarker.

Following the 1991 election, after which Carl Bildt became Prime Minister, Ask was appointed Minister for Schools and Adult Educationmarker in the new cabinet. Together with Per Unckel, Minister for Educationmarker, she took part in shaking the very foundation of the Swedish education system. Among other things, education vouchers were introduced which allowed children to choose independent schools without paying any fees.

Since the loss in the 1994 election, Ask has served as party spokesman of several issues. From 1994 to 2006 she was member of the Swedish parliamentmarker.

Following the 2006 election, after which Fredrik Reinfeldt became Prime Minister, Ask was appointed Minister for Justice in the new cabinet. Historically, she is one of very few non-jurists to hold the post of Minister for Justice in Sweden.

Personal life

Ask was formerly married to Moderate Party politician Christer G. Wennerholm, with whom she has one child. She has a second child from another relationship.


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