Swedish general election, 1968

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Swedish general election, 1968
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All 233 seats to the Second Chamber of the Riksdag
117 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Tage Erlander 1952.jpg Gunnar Hedlund 1966.jpg
Leader Tage Erlander Gunnar Hedlund Sven Wedén
Party Social Democratic Centre People's
Last election 113 36 43
Seats won 125 39 34
Seat change Increase12 Increase3 Decrease9
Popular vote 2,420,242 778,810 688,456
Percentage 50.1% 16.1% 14.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Yngve Holmberg 1966.jpg
Leader Yngve Holmberg C.-H. Hermansson
Party Rightist Left-Communist
Last election 33 8
Seats won 32 3
Seat change Decrease1 Decrease5
Popular vote 621,031 145,172
Percentage 12.9% 3.0%

PM before election

Tage Erlander
Social Democratic

Elected PM

Tage Erlander
Social Democratic

General elections were held in Sweden on 15 September 1968.[1] Held in the wake of the crushing of the Prague spring, it resulted in a landslide victory for the Social Democratic government and Prime Minister Tage Erlander. It is one of two general elections in Swedish history where a single party received more than half of the vote (the other being the election of 1940). Erlander would resign the following year after an uninterrupted tenure of 23 years as head of government.

The Social Democrats had held the office of Prime Minister since 1932 except a three-month "holiday cabinet" in 1936. This was due to the Social Democrats' absolute majority in the First chamber and a steady majority for them in general elections and also at large in municipality and county council elections, of which the latter gave them the majority in the First chamber. When they did not have an absolute majority in the Second chamber the Social Democrats could rely on a passive support from the Communists as the Social Democrats almost always nearly had half of the seats there. The two socialist parties in the Riksdag did not however win a majority in the general elections of 1952 and 1956.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Swedish Social Democratic Party 2,420,277 50.1 125 +12
Centre Party 757,215 15.7 39 +3
People's Party 688,456 14.3 34 –9
Rightist Party 621,031 12.9 32 –1
Left Party Communists 145,172 3.0 3 –5
Civic Unity[a] 82,082 1.7
Christian Democratic Unity 72,377 1.5 0 0
Middle Parties[b] 41,307 0.9
Other parties 1,462 0.0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 32,522
Total 4,861,901 100 233 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,445,333 89.3
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

a Civic Unity was a joint list of the three right-wing parties in Malmö.

b The Middle Parties was a coalition of the Centre Party and People's Party that contested some constituencies.[2]


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1858 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1861