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Swedish general election, 1940

Swedish general election, 1940

15 September 1940

All 230 seats to the Second Chamber of the Riksdag
116 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Per Albin Hansson Gösta Bagge Axel Pehrsson-Bramstorp
Party Social Democratic National Organization Farmers' League
Last election 112 44[1] 36
Seats won 134 42 28
Seat change 22 2 8
Popular vote 1,546,804 518,346 344,345
Percentage 53.81% 18.03% 12.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Gustaf Andersson Sven Linderot
Party People's Communist
Last election 27 5
Seats won 23 3
Seat change 4 2
Popular vote 344,113 101,424
Percentage 12.0% 3.5%

PM before election

Per Albin Hansson
Social Democratic

Elected PM

Per Albin Hansson
Social Democratic

General elections were held in Sweden on 15 September 1940.[2] The Swedish Social Democratic Party remained the largest party, winning 134 of the 230 seats in the Second Chamber of the Riksdag.[3] It is one of two general elections in Swedish history where a single party received more than half of the vote (the other occasion being 1968).


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Swedish Social Democratic Party 1,546,804 53.8 134 +22
National Organisation of the Right 518,346 18.0 42 –2
Farmers' League 344,345 12.0 28 –8
People's Party 344,113 12.0 23 –4
Communist Party of Sweden 101,424 3.5 3 –2
Socialist Party 18,430 0.6 0 –6
Other parties 955 0.0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 14,720
Total 2,889,137 100 230 0
Registered voters/turnout 4,110,720 70.3
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ As General Electoral League
  2. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1858 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1872
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