1957 Swedish pensions system referendum

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1957 Swedish pensions system referendum

13 October 1957 (1957-10-13)

Minister for Social Affairs Gustav Möller giving a speech on pensions at a senior citizens' meeting at Skansen, Stockholm on 12 July 1957.
Results
Choice
Votes %
Option 1 1,624,131 47.68%
Option 2 530,576 15.58%
Option 3 1,251,477 36.74%
Valid votes 3,406,184 95.87%
Invalid or blank votes 146,681 4.13%
Total votes 3,552,865 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 4,907,701 72.39%

A non-binding referendum on reforming the pensions system was held in Sweden on 13 October 1957.[1] Three proposals were put to voters:

  1. Employees would have the right to supplement their pension in proportion with earnings whilst working and linked to the 15 years in which they had the highest income. The value of the pension would be guaranteed by the government. Those earning income via other means, such as business owners, would have the right to sign up to voluntary supplementary pensions whose value would also be guaranteed by the government.[2]
  2. All income earners would have the right to sign up for voluntary pension supplements, whose value would be guaranteed by the government.[2]
  3. All income earners would have the right to sign up for voluntary pension supplements, and changes would be made to legislation to ensure their value is maintained without government involvement. The supplements would be open to collective and individual agreements.[2]

Proposal 1 was put forward by the Social Democratic Party, which was also backed by the Communist Party (now the Left Party) and the Trade Union Confederation. Proposal 2 was put forward by the Farmer's League (now the Centre Party) and proposal 3 was put forward by the Rightist Party (now the Moderate Party) and the People's Party (now the Liberals).

The first option won a plurality of the vote, receiving 46% of the ballots cast.[2] Option 2 was the least popular, receiving only 15% of the vote.[2]

Result

Choice Votes %
Option 1 1,624,131 45.8
Option 2 530,576 15.0
Option 3 1,251,477 35.3
Blank votes 136,399 3.9
Invalid votes 10,282
Total 3,552,865 100
Registered voters/turnout 4,907,701 72.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A Data Handbook, p1858
  2. ^ a b c d e Nohlen & Stöver, p1863

External links

  • "Folkomröstningar 1922-2003" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 21 December 2007. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012.
  • "Nationella folkomröstningar" (in Swedish). Swedish Election Authority. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010.