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Swedish general election, 1998

Swedish general election, 1998

20 September 1998

All 349 seats to the Riksdag
175 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Gudrun Schyman
Leader Göran Persson Carl Bildt Gudrun Schyman
Party Social Democratic Moderate Left
Last election 161 80 22
Seats won 131 82 43
Seat change 30 2 21
Popular vote 1,914,426 1,204,926 631,011
Percentage 36.4% 22.9% 12.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Alf Svensson Lennart Daléus Lars Leijonborg
Party Christian Democrats Centre Liberal People's
Last election 15 27 26
Seats won 42 18 17
Seat change 27 9 9
Popular vote 619,046 269,762 248,076
Percentage 11.8% 5.1% 4.7%

  Seventh party
Leader Marianne Samuelsson
Birger Schlaug
Party Green
Last election 18
Seats won 16
Seat change 2
Popular vote 236,699
Percentage 4.5%

PM before election

Göran Persson
Social Democratic

Elected PM

Göran Persson
Social Democratic

General elections were held in Sweden on 20 September 1998.[1] The Swedish Social Democratic Party remained the largest party in the Riksdag, winning 131 of the 349 seats.[2]

The incumbent Social Democratic minority government, led by Göran Persson, was returned to power despite losing seats and receiving fewer votes than in their 1991 defeat. They remained in power with support from the Left Party and the Green Party. While the three left-wing parties saw a net loss of 11 seats, the Left Party nearly doubled its representation in the Riksdag. This reflected how many Social Democratic voters were dissatisfied with the policies of the government, which had implemented austerity measures to reduce the budget deficit.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Swedish Social Democratic Party 1,914,426 36.4 131 –30
Moderate Party 1,204,926 22.9 82 +2
Left Party 631,011 12.0 43 +21
Christian Democrats 619,046 11.8 42 +27
Centre Party 269,762 5.1 18 –9
Liberal People's Party 248,076 4.7 17 –9
Green Party 236,699 4.5 16 –2
Sweden Democrats 19,624 0.4 0 0
Other parties 117,552 2.2 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 113,466
Total 5,374,588 100 349 0
Registered voters/turnout 6,603,129 81.4
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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