Swedish general election, 1976

Swedish general election, 1976
19 September 1976

All 349 seats to the Riksdag
175 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Olof Palme Thorbjörn Fälldin Gösta Bohman
Party Social Democratic Centre Moderate
Last election 156 90 51
Seats won 152 86 55
Seat change Decrease4 Decrease4 Increase4
Popular vote 2,324,603 1,309,669 847,672
Percentage 42.8% 24.1% 15.6%

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Per Ahlmark Lars Werner
Party People's Left-Communist
Last election 34 19
Seats won 39 17
Seat change Increase5 Decrease2
Popular vote 601,556 258,432
Percentage 11.1% 4.8%

PM before election

Olof Palme
Social Democratic

Elected PM

Thorbjörn Fälldin

General elections were held in Sweden on 19 September 1976.[1] Although the Swedish Social Democratic Party remained the largest party, winning 152 of the 349 seats in the Riksdag,[2] a coalition government was formed with the Centre Party, the People's Party and the conservative Moderate Party, which formed Sweden's first non-socialist government since 1936. Centre Party leader Thorbjörn Fälldin, who had widely been expected to take over the government in the previous election of 1973 (which turned out to bring a 175-175 draw between the left and right blocs), was appointed Prime Minister, the first not from the Swedish Social Democratic Party since Axel Pehrsson-Bramstorp's brief interregnum 40 years earlier.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Swedish Social Democratic Party2,324,60342.7152–4
Centre Party1,309,66924.186–4
Moderate Party847,67215.655+4
People's Party601,55611.139+5
Left Party Communists258,4324.817–2
Christian Democratic Unity73,8441.400
Communist Party of Sweden17,3090.300
Other parties4,6630.100
Invalid/blank votes19,295
Registered voters/turnout5,947,07791.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

By municipality


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1858 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1873
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