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Early general elections were held in Sweden on 1 June 1958,[1] after the defeat of the Social Democratic government's proposals for a new pensions system in a parliamentary vote. The Social Democrats remained the largest party, winning 111 of the 231 seats in the Second Chamber of the Riksdag,[2] and Tage Erlander's third government was returned to power. In accordance with the law, the new Chamber was elected only to complete the previous Chamber's term, which was due to end in 1960.

1958 Swedish general election

← 1956 1 June 1958 1960 →

All 231 seats to the Second Chamber of the Riksdag
116 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Tage Erlander 1952.jpg Hjalmarson (2).JPG Bertil Ohlin.jpg
Leader Tage Erlander Jarl Hjalmarson Bertil Ohlin
Party Social Democratic Rightist People's
Last election 106 42 58
Seats won 111 45 38
Seat change Increase5 Increase3 Decrease20
Popular vote 1,776,667 750,332 700,019
Percentage 46.2% 19.5% 18.2%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Gunnar Hedlund 1951.jpg Hilding Hagberg-2.jpg
Leader Gunnar Hedlund Hilding Hagberg
Party Centre Communist
Last election 19 6
Seats won 32 5
Seat change Increase13 Decrease1
Popular vote 486,760 129,319
Percentage 12.7% 3.4%

PM before election

Tage Erlander
Social Democratic

Elected PM

Tage Erlander
Social Democratic

ResultsEdit

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Swedish Social Democratic Party 1,776,667 46.2 111 +5
Rightist Party 750,332 19.5 45 +3
People's Party 700,019 18.2 38 –20
Centre Party 486,760 12.7 32 +13
Communist Party of Sweden 129,319 3.4 5 –1
Other parties 1,155 0.0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 20,711
Total 3,864,963 100 231 0
Registered voters/turnout 4,992,421 77.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
S
46.22%
H
19.52%
FP
18.21%
C
12.66%
SKP
3.36%
Others
0.03%
Parliament seats
S
48.05%
H
19.48%
FP
16.45%
C
13.85%
SKP
2.16%

ReferencesEdit

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