Swedish general election, 1979
General elections were held in Sweden on 16 September 1979. Although the Swedish Social Democratic Party remained the largest party, winning 154 of the 349 seats in the Riksdag, the liberal interim government of Ola Ullsten was succeeded by another centre-right coalition government composed of the People's Party, the Moderate Party and the Centre Party, led by Centre Party leader Thorbjörn Fälldin. The three parties won 175 seats to the 174 held by the Social Democrats and Communists. Until 2010, this remained the only successful re-election of any non-socialist government in Sweden since the 1920s. The Moderates dramatically increased their seats, becoming the largest party of the non-socialist bloc, a position the party retains until today.
Though a celebrated and largely unexpected victory, adherents of the government would not celebrate for too long, as the coalition split in 1981, when the dominant Moderates withdrew support, protesting against Fälldins tax policies, which they viewed as "too leftist". Though not being the leader of the coalition party holding the most seats, Fälldin was the designate prime minister since his earlier resignation in 1978, upon disagreement over the question of nuclear power.
|Swedish Social Democratic Party||2,356,234||43.2||154||+2|
|Left Party Communists||305,420||5.6||20||+3|
|Christian Democratic Unity||75,993||1.4||0||0|
|Communist Party of Sweden||10,862||0.2||0||0|
|Workers Party Communists||10,725||0.2||0||New|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|
Votes by municipality. The municipalities are the color of the party that got the most votes within the coalition that won relative majority.
Cartogram of the map to the left with each municipality rescaled to the number of valid votes cast.
Map showing the voting shifts from the 1976 to the 1979 election. Darker blue indicates a municipality voted more towards the parties that formed the centre-right bloc. Darker red indicates a municipality voted more towards the parties that form the left-wing bloc.
Votes by municipality as a scale from red/Left-wing bloc to blue/Centre-right bloc.
Cartogram of vote with each municipality rescaled in proportion to number of valid votes cast. Deeper blue represents a relative majority for the centre-right coalition, brighter red represents a relative majority for the left-wing coalition.
- Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1858 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
- Nohlen & Stöver, p1873