Centre Party (Sweden)

The Centre Party (Swedish: Centerpartiet [ˈsɛ̂nːtɛrpaˌʈiːɛt] (listen); C) is a liberal[11][12][13] political party in Sweden, founded in 1913.

Centre Party
Party ChairmanMuharrem Demirok
Leader in the RiksdagDaniel Bäckström[1]
Party SecretaryKarin Ernlund [2]
Founded2 March 1913; 110 years ago (1913-03-02)
HeadquartersStora Nygatan 4, Gamla stan, Stockholm
Youth wingCentre Party Youth
Membership (2020)Decrease 24,445[3]
Political positionCentre[4] to centre-right[5][6]
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
International affiliationLiberal International
European Parliament groupRenew Europe
Nordic affiliationCentre Group
Colours  Green
24 / 349
European Parliament[8]
2 / 21
County councils[9]
155 / 1,696
Municipal councils[10]
1,603 / 12,700

The party's major issues are the national economy, the environment, political decentralisation and social integration. It is represented in all of the Riksdag's parliamentary committees, currently holding 31 seats. From 2019 to 2021, it provided confidence and supply to the Löfven II Cabinet.

Traditionally part of the Nordic agrarian party family, the Centre Party has increasingly shifted its focus towards economic liberalism, environmental protection, equality of the sexes and decentralisation of governmental authority.[14][15] The party self-describes as liberal feminist,[16] campaigning for policies which enhance gender equality on an individualist basis. Its environmental policies stress the importance of consent and voluntary action,[17] including working with foresters and private landowners to promote biodiversity within a mutually agreeable framework.[18]

The Centre Party has held the position of Prime Minister of Sweden three times, most recently Thorbjörn Fälldin who held the post for a total of 5 years, from 1976 to 1978 and then again from 1979 to 1982. It is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the Liberal International and Renew Europe. It was originally named Farmers' League (Swedish: Bondeförbundet [ˈbʊ̂nːdɛfœrˌbɵndɛt] (listen); B).

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