1985 Swedish general election

General elections were held in Sweden on 15 September 1985.[1] The Swedish Social Democratic Party remained the largest party in the Riksdag, winning 159 of the 349 seats.[2] Its leader, Olof Palme, kept his position as Prime Minister. He would retain this position successfully until his assassination in 1986.

1985 Swedish general election

 1982 15 September 1985 1988 

All 349 seats to the Riksdag
175 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Olof Palme Ulf Adelsohn Bengt Westerberg
Party Social Democratic Moderate People's
Last election 166 86 21
Seats won 159 76 51
Seat change 7 10 30
Popular vote 2,487,551 1,187,335 792,268
Percentage 44.7% 21.3% 14.2%
Swing 0.9% 2.3% 8.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Thorbjörn Fälldin Lars Werner Alf Svensson
Party Centre Left-Communist Christian Democrats
Last election 56 20 0
Seats won 43 19 1
Seat change 13 1 1
Popular vote 490,570 298 419 200,688
Percentage 8.8% 5.4% 3.6%
Swing 6.7% 0.2% 0.8%

PM before election

Olof Palme
Social Democratic

Elected PM

Olof Palme
Social Democratic