2002 Swedish general election
All 349 seats to the Riksdag
175 seats were needed for a majority
Largest party by district (left) and municipality (right)
Red-Social Democratic, Blue-Moderate
General elections were held in Sweden on 15 September 2002, alongside municipal and county council elections. The Swedish Social Democratic Party remained the largest party in the Riksdag, winning 144 of the 349 seats.
After securing a confidence and supply agreement with the Left Party and the Green Party, Prime Minister Göran Persson was able to remain in his position in a third consecutive term as a minority government.
Although the bloc compositions were similar to 1998, the complexions of the centre-right bloc shifted radically. Under new party leader Bo Lundgren, the Moderates lost more than seven percentage points and barely held on as the largest party in its coalition. The Peoples' Party led by Lars Leijonborg, instead more than doubled its parliamentary delegation and received above 13 % of the vote. Lundgren resigned in the wake of the election, leading to the selection of future Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt as the Moderate leader.
Among the four other Riksdag parties, the Christian Democrats and the Left Party both lost ground, whereas the Centre and Green parties managed to reach the parliamentary threshold of four percentage points.
Among minor parties, the Norrbotten Party reached 9.4 % of the vote in its county, polling above 20 % in some inland areas, although this was not enough to gain a Riksdag seat. The Sweden Democrats became the eight largest party for the first time, making sizeable gains and winning more council seats than ever before.
There were 5,303,212 valid ballots cast.
of the 2002 Swedish
|Social Democrats (s)||2,113,560||39.85||+3.46||144||+13|
|Moderate Party (m)||809,041||15.26||−7.64||55||−27|
|Liberal People's Party (fp)||710,312||13.39||+8.67||48||+31|
|Christian Democrats (kd)||485,235||9.15||−2.62||33||−9|
|Left Party (v)||444,854||8.39||−3.60||30||−13|
|Centre Party (c)||328,428||6.19||+1.06||22||+4|
|Green Party (mp)||246,392||4.65||+0.16||17||+1|
|Sweden Democrats (sd)||76,300||1.44||+1.07||0||–|
|Swedish Senior Citizen Interest Party (spi)||37,573||0.71||+0.29||0||–|
|National Democrats (nd)||9,248||0.17||+0.17||0||–|
|New Democracy¹ (nyd)||2,207||0.04||−0.11||0||–|
|Socialist Justice Party (rs)||1,519||0.03||−0.03||0||–|
|Communist Party of Sweden (skp)||1,182||0.02||−0.01||0||–|
|Voice of the Free People||207||0.00||–||0||–|
|European Workers Party||163||0.00||±0||0||–|
|National Democratic Party of Sweden||87||0.00||–||0||–|
|New Swedes D.P.N.S.||11||0.00||–||0||–|
|Donald Duck Party||10||0.00||–||0||–|
|Parties with less than 10 votes||69||0.00|
¹ New Democracy was actually dissolved by the time of the election and did not run, but some voters wrote the party name on an empty ballot anyway.
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.