1982 Swedish general election

General elections were held in Sweden on 19 September 1982.[1] 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, Social Democratic leader Olof Palme succeeded in being elected Prime Minister again, having earlier held power between 1969 and 1976.

1982 Swedish general election

 1979 19 September 1982 1985 

All 349 seats to the Riksdag
175 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Olof Palme Ulf Adelsohn Thorbjörn Fälldin
Party Social Democratic Moderate Centre
Last election 154 73 64
Seats won 166 86 56
Seat change 12 13 8
Popular vote 2,533,250 1,313,337 859,618
Percentage 45.6% 23.6% 15.5%
Swing 2.4% 3.3% 2.6%

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Ola Ullsten Lars Werner
Party People's Left-Communist
Last election 38 20
Seats won 21 20
Seat change 17 0
Popular vote 327 770 308,899
Percentage 5.9% 5.6%
Swing 4.7% 0%

PM before election

Thorbjörn Fälldin

Elected PM

Olof Palme
Social Democratic

The 2,533,250 votes for the Social Democrats is, in spite of a larger electorate, as of 2018 the highest number of people voting for a single party in Swedish electoral history, although the party had previously recorded higher percentage shares.