1998 Swedish general election
All 349 seats to the Riksdag
175 seats were needed for a majority
The incumbent Social Democratic minority government, led by Göran Persson, was returned to power despite losing seats and receiving fewer votes than in their 1991 defeat. They remained in power with support from the Left Party and the Green Party. While the three left-wing parties saw a net loss of 11 seats, the Left Party nearly doubled its representation in the Riksdag. This reflected how many Social Democratic voters were dissatisfied with the policies of the government, which had implemented austerity measures to reduce the budget deficit.
|Swedish Social Democratic Party||1,914,426||36.4||131||–30|
|Liberal People's Party||248,076||4.7||17||–9|
|Swedish Senior Citizen Interest Party||52,869||1.0||0||0|
|The New Party||25,276||0.5||0||0|
|Senior Citizen Party||6,865||0.1||0||0|
|Socialist Justice Party||3,044||0.1||0||0|
|Communist Party of Sweden||1,868||0.0||0||0|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|
Cartogram of the map to the left with each municipality rescaled to the number of valid votes cast.
Cartogram of vote with each municipality rescaled in proportion to number of valid votes cast. Deeper blue represents a relative majority for the centre-right coalition, brighter red represents a relative majority for the left-wing coalition.