1976 Swedish general election
General elections were held in Sweden on 19 September 1976. Although the Swedish Social Democratic Party remained the largest party, winning 152 of the 349 seats in the Riksdag, a coalition government was formed with the Centre Party, the People's Party and the conservative Moderate Party (who won a combined 180 seats), which formed Sweden's first non-socialist government since 1936. Centre Party leader Thorbjörn Fälldin, who had widely been expected to take over the government in the previous election of 1973 (which turned out to bring a 175-175 draw between the left and right blocs), was appointed Prime Minister, the first not from the Swedish Social Democratic Party since Axel Pehrsson-Bramstorp's brief interregnum 40 years earlier.
All 349 seats to the Riksdag
175 seats were needed for a majority
|Swedish Social Democratic Party||2,324,603||42.7||152||–4|
|Left Party Communists||258,432||4.8||17||–2|
|Christian Democratic Unity||73,844||1.4||0||0|
|Communist Party of Sweden||17,309||0.3||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.