1982 Swedish general election
General elections were held in Sweden on 19 September 1982. They saw the return of the Swedish Social Democratic Party to power after six years in opposition, the longest period in opposition by the Social Democrats since the 1910s. The center-right coalition of Thorbjörn Fälldin had earlier suffered a loss upon the breakup of the government in 1981, the year before the election, when the rightist Moderate Party chose to withdraw from the government, protesting against the centrist tax policies of the Fälldin government. After regaining power, socialist leader Olof Palme succeeded in being elected Prime Minister again, having earlier held power between 1969 and 1976.
All 349 seats to the Riksdag
175 seats were needed for a majority
|Swedish Social Democratic Party||2,533,250||45.6||166||+12|
|Left Party Communists||308,899||5.6||20||0|
|Christian Democratic Unity||103,820||1.9||0||0|
|Workers Party Communists||5,745||0.1||0||0|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|
Cartogram of the map to the left with each municipality rescaled to the number of valid votes cast.
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.