1958 Swedish general election

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1958 Swedish general election

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All 231 seats in the Andra kammaren of the Riksdag
116 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Tage Erlander Jarl Hjalmarson Bertil Ohlin
Party Social Democrats Right People's Party
Last election 106 42 58
Seats won 111 45 38
Seat change Increase5 Increase3 Decrease20
Popular vote 1,776,667 750,332 700,019
Percentage 46.22% 19.52% 18.21%

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Gunnar Hedlund Hilding Hagberg
Party Centre Communist
Last election 19 6
Seats won 32 5
Seat change Increase13 Decrease1
Popular vote 486,760 129,319
Percentage 12.66% 3.36%

Largest bloc and seats won by constituency

Prime Minister before election

Tage Erlander
Social Democrats

Elected Prime Minister

Tage Erlander
Social Democrats

Early general elections were held in Sweden on 1 June 1958,[1] after the defeat of the Social Democratic government's proposals for a new pensions system in a parliamentary vote. The Social Democrats remained the largest party, winning 111 of the 231 seats in the Andra kammaren of the Riksdag,[2] and Tage Erlander's third government was returned to power. In accordance with the law, the new Chamber was elected only to complete the previous Chamber's term, which was due to end in 1960.


Swedish Social Democratic Party1,776,66746.22111+5
Rightist Party750,33219.5245+3
People's Party700,01918.2138–20
Centre Party486,76012.6632+13
Communist Party129,3193.365–1
Left Socialist Party1,0080.0300
Other parties1470.0000
Valid votes3,844,25299.46
Invalid/blank votes20,7110.54
Total votes3,864,963100.00
Registered voters/turnout4,992,42177.42
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1872