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Swedish general election, 1956

Swedish general election, 1956

16 September 1956

All 231 seats to the Second Chamber of the Riksdag
116 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Tage Erlander Bertil Ohlin Jarl Hjalmarson
Party Social Democratic People's Rightist
Last election 110 58 31
Seats won 106 58 41
Seat change 4 0 11
Popular vote 1,729,463 923,564 663 693
Percentage 44.6% 23.8% 17.1%

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Gunnar Hedlund Hilding Hagberg
Party Farmers' League Communist
Last election 26 5
Seats won 19 6
Seat change 7 1
Popular vote 366,612 194,016
Percentage 9.5% 5.0%

PM before election

Tage Erlander
Social Democratic

Elected PM

Tage Erlander
Social Democratic

General elections were held in Sweden on 16 September 1956.[1] The Swedish Social Democratic Party remained the largest party, winning 106 of the 231 seats in the Second Chamber of the Riksdag.[2] A Social Democratic-Farmers' League coalition government was formed by Prime Minister Tage Erlander after the election with 125 of totally 231 seats. Although the non-socialist parties held a majority in the Second Chamber, the Social Democrats held a majority in the First Chamber, so a non-socialist government could not be formed. The Social Democrats and the Farmers' League would later split due to disagreements over the pensions system in 1957, leading to the formation of Tage Erlander's third government and a snap election in 1958.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Swedish Social Democratic Party 1,729,463 44.6 106 –4
People's Party 923,564 23.8 58 0
Right Party 663,693 17.1 42 +11
Farmers' League 366,612 9.5 19 –7
Communist Party of Sweden 194,016 5.0 6 +1
Other parties 1,982 0.1 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 22,784
Total 3,902,114 100 231 +1
Registered voters/turnout 4,887,325 79.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


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