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Parliament

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
09.09.2018
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
11.09.2022
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
6,301
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
3,560
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
2,741
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
No
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
43.5%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
79

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
7,495,936
Votes Number of people who actually voted
6,535,271
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
87.18%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The 2018 elections resulted in a hung parliament. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s centre left coalition (see note 1) won 144 seats in the 349-member Parliament. That was only one more seat than the centre-right coalition, led by former Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson’s Moderate Party (see note 2). The Sweden Democrats, a far right party, led by Mr. Jimmie Åkesson, increased its share. On 25 September, Prime Minister Löfven lost a vote of confidence in the newly elected Parliament. Lengthy coalition talks followed, involving both the centre-left and centre-right leaders. 
 
 On 18 January 2019, Parliament approved a minority government led by Mr. Löfven. It comprises his Social Democratic Party (SAP) and the Green Party (Mpg), and has the backing of two parties in the Alliance coalition: the Centre Party (CP) and the Liberal Party (FP).
 
 The major electoral issues included the welfare system, tax cuts and migration. The 2018 elections were the first to be held after the mass migration of refugees in 2015. In May 2018, the government reduced refugee quotas. The Sweden Democrats promised to freeze migration and to call for a referendum on Sweden’s membership of the European Union. 
 
 Note 1:
 The centre-left coalition comprised Mr. Löfven’s Social Democratic Party (SAP) and the Green Party (Mpg). It was backed by the Left Party (VP).
 
 Note 2: 
 The centre-right coalition, Alliance, comprised the Moderate Party (M), the Centre Party (CP), the Christian Democrats (KD) and the Liberal Party (FP). They won a total of 143 seats.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
8
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
10.13%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Social Democratic Party (SAP) and Green Party (Mpg) with the backing of Centre Party (CP) and Liberal Party (FP).
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Social Democratic Party (SAP) 100
Moderate Party (M) 70
Sweden Democrats (SD) 62
Centre Party (CP) 31
Left Party (VP) 28
Liberal Party (FP) 20
Christian Democrats (KD) 22
Green Party (Mpg) 16
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
188
Number of women elected
161
Sources
Parliament (24.09.2018)
 Statistics Sweden (01.11.2018)
 https://data.val.se
 CNN
 Reuters
 The Local Sweden
Women Directly Elected
161

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
188
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
161
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
108
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
24.09.2018
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Andreas Norlén (Male)
Political party
Moderate Party (M)
Date of election
24.09.2018