Okerhilm Gustav

 (24.06.1833 – 02.04.1900)


Swedish political, state and diplomatic leader, Prime Minister of Sweden from October 12, 1889 to July 10, 1891.

Born in Stockholm.

His father Gustav-Fredrik Okerhilm was a member of the Swedish government.

A large landowner, served as a member of the treasury court, from 1859 to 1866 he was elected to the Riksdag of Sweden. For years, alternately a member of both houses of parliament (from 1870 to 1900).

After diplomatic service in St. Petersburg and Copenhagen, G. Okerhilm made a successful political career, occupied a number of important positions in the government: he was finance minister from 1874 to 1875.

In 1889 he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of Gillis Bildt, and in October of the same year, he became the new Prime Minister of Sweden.

The government of G. Okerhilm  pursued a policy of moderate protectionism.

His attempts to solve some of the country's defense issues were not crowned with success, primarily because of resistance among the rickshaw deputies. In 1891 he was forced to resign after carelessly expressed his personal opinion on the issue of defense, which was interpreted as a threat to Norway. The exact wording is not clear, but those who heard the Prime Minister claimed that he said that "the new order in the army will allow us to speak Swedish to Norwegians".

In 1888 he was awarded the Order of the Seraphim.

He died in Stockholm.

Cape about 1.5 km east of Pike Bay on the southern coast of the central part of King’s Island on King Charles’s Land. The coordinates are 78° 53.1'N   28° 36'E.


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