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Ullsten Cabinet
Thorbjörn Fälldin's Second Cabinet

The cabinet of Ola Ullsten (Swedish: Regeringen Ullsten) was the cabinet and Government of Sweden from 18 October 1978 to 12 October 1979.

The cabinet was a

Liberal People's Party since 1932 and is also the only one since then (as of June 2024
).

The cabinet resigned on 12 October 1979 following the

Thorbjörn Fälldin's Second Cabinet
.

Policy

The Swedish nuclear energy program had been enacted by the Riksdag in 1975 which entailed an expansion to 13 nuclear power plants in total by 1985. The Riksdag had also decided that energy policy was to be re-evaluated in 3 years and that the safety of nuclear power was to be investigated. The previous

Fälldin Cabinet had instated a committee with the task of evaluating nuclear safety. Minister for Energy Carl Tham was working on drafting a government bill regarding energy policy, with Social Democrats Ingvar Carlsson
and Birgitta Dahl following his work closely. Both the Social Democratic and Moderate parties held positive views regarding nuclear power and it was assumed that the government wouldn't have any difficulties passing the bill.

However, everything changed following the Three Mile Island accident. While Olof Palme, the Social Democratic leader, had criticized the Fälldin cabinet for unnecessarily delaying the expansion of nuclear power in the past, Palme and his party did a complete turn-around on the issue, demanding a popular referendum to decide the future of nuclear power on 4 April 1979.[1] During the remainder of the spring, the parties discussed how a popular referendum was to be performed and what choices voters would have. Eventually, it was decided that voters would be able to pick three choices, all of which revolved around abolishing nuclear power at various rates.

Ingemar Mundebo, the Minister for the Economy and the Budget, was working on a proposal to lower the marginal tax rate and enact an upper limit to the tax. The government expected the proposition to pass with the support of the Centre Party and Moderates. In the spring of 1979, however, the Centre Party voted against the proposal, since they found inconsistencies in financing the proposal. The bill, thus, did not pass.

In December 1978 it was revealed that while Sweden was supporting the

Minister of Commerce and Industry Hadar Cars
stated that this was completely allowed.

The government also managed to pass several reforms, such as increased parental insurance, corporate tax reforms, and a new education plan (Lgr80). Child corporal punishment was legally abolished during the reign of the Ullsten cabinet.[2]

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Ministers

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Liberals
Independent
Liberals
Liberals
Liberals
Independent
Liberals
Liberals
Liberals
Liberals
Liberals
Liberals
Liberals
Liberals
Liberals
Liberals
Liberals

References

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  2. ^ "Sverige först i världen med förbud av barnaga". Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  3. ^ "När Ullsten bildade regering". gd.se (in Swedish). 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  4. ^ "Ullsten: »Allting vi gjorde var smartare«". Fokus (in Swedish). 2019-01-18. Retrieved 2020-01-16.

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Preceded by
Thorbjörn Fälldin's First Cabinet
Cabinet of Sweden

1978–1979
Succeeded by
Thorbjörn Fälldin's Second Cabinet