Moderate Party

Last updated

Moderate Coalition Party

Moderata samlingspartiet
AbbreviationM
Chairman Ulf Kristersson
Secretary Gunnar Strömmer
Parliamentary group leader Tobias Billström
Founded17 October 1904;116 years ago (1904-10-17)
HeadquartersStora Nygatan 30, Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden
Student wing Moderate Students
Youth wing Moderate Youth League
LGBT wingOpen Moderates
Membership (2020)Decrease2.svg 40,602 [1]
Ideology
Political position Centre-right [4] [5]
European affiliation European People's Party
International affiliation International Democrat Union
European Parliament group European People's Party
Nordic affiliation Conservative Group
Colours  Blue
SloganDen nya svenska modellen ("The new Swedish Model!")
En hoppfull framtid för Sverige ("A hopeful future for Sweden!")
Riksdag
70 / 349
European Parliament
4 / 21
County councils [6]
339 / 1,597
Municipal councils [7]
2,435 / 12,780
Website
moderaterna.se OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg

The Moderate Party (Swedish : Moderata samlingspartiet, lit. 'Moderate Coalition Party', [8] M, commonly referred to as Moderaterna, 'Moderates') is a liberal-conservative [9] [10] [11] [12] political party in Sweden. The party generally supports tax cuts, the free market, civil liberties and economic liberalism. [13] Internationally, it is a full member of the International Democrat Union [14] and the European People's Party. [15]

Contents

The party was founded in 1904 as the General Electoral League (Allmänna valmansförbundet) by a group of conservatives in the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament. The party was later known as The Right (Högern, 1938–1952) and Right Wing Party (Högerpartiet, 1952–1969). [16] During this time, the party was usually called the Conservative Party outside of Sweden.

After holding minor posts in centre-right governments, the Moderates eventually became the leading opposition party to the Swedish Social Democratic Party and since then those two parties have dominated Swedish politics. After the 1991 general election, party leader Carl Bildt formed a minority government, the first administration since 1930 to be headed by a member of the party which lasted three years. Under party leader and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, the party was returned in government after the 2006 and 2010 general elections. In 2010, the party was the leading member of the centre-right Alliance coalition (along with the Centre Party, the Christian Democrats and the Liberal People's Party) and obtained its best result ever (30.1%).

The current chairman of the party, Ulf Kristersson, was elected at a special party congress on 1 October 2017, following Anna Kinberg Batra's sudden resignation. Kinberg Batra had replaced Reinfeldt, Prime Minister from 2006 to 2014. Under Reinfeldt's leadership, the party moved more towards the centre in Swedish politics. [17]

History

General Electoral League (1904–1938)

An election poster from the party in 1914 stating that military defense comes first Forsvaret framst.JPG
An election poster from the party in 1914 stating that military defense comes first

The party was founded on 17 October 1904 in a restaurant called Runan in Stockholm. The intention was to start a campaign organization in support of the group of Conservatives which had emerged in the Riksdag. During the 19th century conservatives had organised themselves in the Riksdag but there was no party to support them. The Swedish right were also threatened by the rise of the Swedish Social Democratic Party (founded in 1889) and the Liberals (1902). The party was called the General Electoral League (Swedish : Allmänna valmansförbundet).

At first the party was clearly nationalist and staunchly conservative. The importance of a strong defense was underlined and other societal institutions embraced by the party were the monarchy and the state of law. The party held initially a protectionist view towards the economy; tariffs were widely supported as well as interventionist economical measures such as agricultural subsidies. In the defence policy crisis in 1914 which overturned the parliamentary Liberal government, the party sided with King Gustav but stopped short of accepting a right-wing government by royal appointment, instead opting for an independent-conservative "war cabinet" under Hjalmar Hammarskjöld which was eventually overturned in favor of a Liberal-Social Democratic majority coalition government and thus the breakthrough of parliamentary rule, albeit reluctantly embraced by the right.

Arvid Lindman (often called "The Admiral") became influential in the party and served two terms as Prime Minister of Sweden, before and after the enactment of universal suffrage. In 1907 he proposed universal male suffrage to the parliament and in 1912 he was formally elected leader. But the party voted against universal suffrage and the party again voted against women's right to vote. It was only because the party was in minority that Sweden was able to grant the right to vote for all, pushed through by the Liberals and the Social Democrats (the left), against the objections of the right. Although not one of the founders of the party and not a prominent ideologist, Lindman and his achievements as a leader are often appreciated as being of great importance for the new party. His leadership was marked by a consolidation of the Swedish right, and by transforming the party into a modern, effective, political movement. Lindman was a very pragmatic politician, but without losing his principles. He was a formidable negotiator and peace-broker. For this he was widely respected, even by his fiercest political opponents and when he resigned and left the parliament in 1935, the leader of the Social Democrats, Per Albin Hansson, expressed his "honest thanks over the battle lines".

From the beginning of the 20th century, social democracy and the labour movement rose to replace liberalism as the major political force for radical reforms. The Moderate Party intensified its opposition to socialism during the leadership of Lindman—the importance of continuance and strengthening national business were cornerstones. But at the same time, recent social issues gained significant political attention; by appeasing the working class, the party also hoped to reduce the threat of revolutionary tendencies. During the governments led by Lindman, several reforms for social progress were made, and it was his first government that initiated the public state pension.

The second cabinet of Arvid Lindman in 1928 Second cabinet of Arvid Lindman.jpg
The second cabinet of Arvid Lindman in 1928

In the 1920s, the Swedish right slowly started to move towards a classical liberal view on economic issues, mainly under the influence of the liberal economist Gustav Cassel, but the economic downturn following the Great Depression frustrated the possible liberal transition of their economic policy. Before that occurred the party gained its greatest success yet with 29.4% in the general election of 1928, often called the Cossack Election, on a clearly anti-socialist programme. The government later formed by the party did not accept the concept of the market economy, but continued the protectionist policy by generous financial aid. The government also began complete regulation of agriculture. Production associations, with the objective to administer the regulations and to run monopolies on imports, were also established during the period. All this made for a corporate control of the Swedish economy unsurpassed since the popularisation of liberalism at the end of the 19th century. [18] The government of Lindman fell in 1930 after the Social Democrats and the Freeminded People's Party had blocked a proposition for raised customs duty on grain.

The 1930s saw the party in conflict over how to relate to the rising threat of National Socialism and Fascism. Its loosely affiliated youth organisation, the National Youth League of Sweden (Swedish : Sveriges Nationella Ungdomsförbund) was openly pro-Nazi and set up uniformed "fighting groups" to combat political enemies on the streets.[ citation needed ] The mother party did not like this development, with Lindman clearly stating that pro-Nazi views were not to be accepted in the party, and in 1933 the National Youth League was separated from the party. While the party set up a new youth league, which came to be called Moderate Youth League or The Young Swedes (currently the largest youth league in Sweden in terms of membership), the core of the old one (in spite of some districts, such as Young Swedes-Gothenburg joining the new one) set up its own party—the National League of Sweden—which fought elections as an openly pro-Nazi party[ citation needed ] and temporarily gained parliamentary representation in shape of three rightist MPs.

National Organization of the Right (1938–1952)

The party participated in the third cabinet of Per Albin Hansson during the Second World War. It was a grand coalition including all major parties, only excluding the Communist Party and the pro-Nazi Socialist Party, both parties being members of the parliament at this time.

In 1934 the Social Democrats formed a new government, and except for the World War II era, would stay in power until 1976. From having been a ruling party, the General Electoral League turned into a bastion of right-wing opposition, and in 1938 it was renamed the National Organization of the Right (Swedish : Högerns riksorganisation), a name that would stay until 1952. Outside Sweden the party was typically called the Conservative Party.

After the Second World War, the party gradually lost support and the Liberals rose to become the second party after the Social Democrats.

Conservative Party (1952–1969)

Jarl Hjalmarsson, leader of the party between 1950 and 1961 Hjalmarson (2).JPG
Jarl Hjalmarsson, leader of the party between 1950 and 1961

At the beginning of the 1950s, the party re-emerged after being renamed the Rightist Party (Swedish : Högerpartiet); its name outside Sweden remained Conservative Party. Under the leadership of Jarl Hjalmarson (1950–1961) the party became an important voice against the rising levels of taxation and a defender of private ownership from, what the party saw as, the growing tendencies of state centralization.

The party had significant success in the elections during the 1950s and became the largest party of the opposition in 1958. But the next decade brought changes to the political climate of Sweden. The election of 1968 gave the Social Democrats an absolute majority in the parliament and reduced the Rightist Party to become the smallest party of opposition.

Moderate Party (1969–present)

Carl Bildt, leader of the party between 1986 and 1999, was Foreign Minister between 2006 and 2014 Carl Bildt 2001-05-15.jpg
Carl Bildt, leader of the party between 1986 and 1999, was Foreign Minister between 2006 and 2014

The party was increasingly seen as extremist[ clarification needed ], and in hopes of changing its image, it changed its name to the Moderate Coalition Party (Swedish : Moderata Samlingspartiet, generally just referred to as Moderaterna) in 1969, or just the Moderate Party.

In 1970, Gösta Bohman was elected leader of the Moderate Party. During his leadership the party continued its gradual movement from nationalist traditionalist conservatism towards internationalist liberal conservatism, calling for Swedish membership in the EEC since the 1960s and in practice adopting most policies affiliated with classical liberalism. It also adopted a much more liberal social outlook, which was seen as a key factor in the foundation of the Christian Democratic Gathering in 1964, a socially conservative party. Bohman proved a successful leader, and helped lead the non-socialist opposition to victory in the 1976 election.

The Moderate Party joined the government under Thorbjörn Fälldin, with Gösta Bohman as Minister of Economy. The non-socialist parties managed to remain in power until 1982 in different constellations, but the election of 1979 again made the Moderate Party become the second party after the Social Democrats, a position it has held since then. Gösta Bohman was in 1981 replaced by Ulf Adelsohn.

In 1986, Carl Bildt was elected leader of the party. A son-in-law of Bohman, he managed to lead the party to an election victory in 1991. The Moderate Party led a center-right coalition between 1991 and 1994, with Bildt serving as the first conservative Prime Minister since Arvid Lindman. The cabinet of Carl Bildt did much to reform the Swedish government: they cut taxes, cut public spending, introduced voucher schools, made it possible for counties to privatize health care, liberalised markets for telecommunications and energy, and privatised former publicly owned companies (further deregulations and privatisations were carried out by the following Social Democratic Cabinet of Göran Persson). The negotiations for membership with the European Union were also finalized.

The party gained votes in 1994, but the governing coalition lost its majority. While Bildt stayed on as the Moderate Party leader, failing to unite with the Greens, the non-socialist parties failed to return to government after the election in 1998 as well. Bo Lundgren replaced him and led the party in the disastrous general election of 2002, much owed to his alleged neoliberal stances, for which Lundgren continues to receive praise from younger members. Former head of the Moderate Youth Fredrik Reinfeldt was elected as the new party leader in 2003.

Prior to the 2006 general election, the Moderate Party adjusted its position in the political spectrum, moving towards the centre-right. To reflect these changes, the party's unofficial name was altered to The New Moderates (Swedish: De Nya Moderaterna). [19] This has included focus on proactive measures against unemployment, lower taxes combined with reforms to strengthen the Swedish welfare state. The Moderate Party has since 2006 used the slogan "the Swedish Workers' Party", a slogan formerly synonymous with the Social Democrats.

In the 2006 general election, the Moderate Party enjoyed its best result since 1928 with 26.2% of the votes. The Moderate Party had formed the Alliance for Sweden, a political and electoral alliance, along with the Centre Party, the Liberal People's Party and the Christian Democrats prior to this election. After the election, the Alliance for Sweden was able to form a coalition government. Party leader Fredrik Reinfeldt took office as Prime Minister of Sweden on 6 October 2006 along with his cabinet. In the 2010 general election, the Moderate Party performed their best results, since the introduction of universal suffrage in 1919, with 30.1% of the votes. However, the minor parties in the Alliance performed relatively poorly, and the Reinfeldt cabinet continued in office as a minority government.

Reinfeldt is the first centre-right Prime Minister since the Swedish-Norwegian Union to be re-elected. He is the longest-serving non–Social Democrat Prime Minister since Erik Gustaf Boström who left office in 1900.

In the 2014 European elections, the Moderate Party came in third place nationally with 13.6% of the vote, returning 3 MEPs.

In the 2014 general election, the Red-Green coalition outpolled Reinfeldt's incumbent Alliance coalition, prompting its resignation. The Social Democrat Stefan Löfven became Prime Minister on 3 October 2014. Anna Kinberg Batra was elected to succeed Reinfeldt as party leader on 10 January 2015. Ulf Kristersson succeeded Kinberg-Batra on 1 October 2017.

The Moderate Party made its worst election result since 2002 in the 2018 general election. [20] Ulf Kristersson announced that the party would "create a new Swedish Model" at the Moderate Party Congress on 5 April 2019 and also that the party would be phasing out the New Moderates name. The party also presented its new logo, the old M logo which was used between 1972 and 2006 was adopted again. [21] The change in logo was seen by analysts as a way to show that the party breaks with Reinfeldt's policies. [22] Ulf Kristersson was also critical to multiculturalism. [23]

Ideology and political positions

Fredrik Reinfeldt, leader of the party between 2003 and 2015 Fredrik Reinfeldt visits Bush at White House, May 15, 2007, cropped to Reinfeldt.jpg
Fredrik Reinfeldt, leader of the party between 2003 and 2015

The Moderate Party states that its ideology is a mix of liberalism and conservatism, and corresponds to what is called liberal conservatism. As is common in European centre-right and conservative parties, the term liberalism in Sweden is closer to the traditional meaning of classical liberalism rather than progressivism or social liberalism in countries such as Canada or the United States.

The party supports free markets and personal freedom and has historically been the essential force for privatisation, deregulation, lowering tax rates, and a reduction of the public-sector growth rate. [24] Other issues emphasized by the party are such as actions against violent crime and sex crime, increasing and promoting the value of working, and quality in the educational system. The party supports same-sex marriage in Sweden and Sweden's membership in the European Union.

The party campaigned for changing currency to the euro in the 2003 referendum. As of 2013, the party was still in favor of the euro, but it expressed that the issue of a membership of the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union and the eurozone would not be relevant until the member states have met certain strict requirements set up by the party such as in regard of budget deficits. [25]

After Fredrik Reinfeldt became leader, the party slowly moved further towards the political centre and also adopted pragmatic views. The party abandoned several of its old key features such as a proportional income tax and increased military spending. Criticism of the labour laws, its former characteristic which was neoliberal, was changed towards conserving the Swedish model and a careful embracing of balance on the labour market. [26]

With the ascension of Anna Kinberg Batra as party leader, the party adjusted its position in the political spectrum and moved back towards the political right. [27] The party abandoned its previously liberal stance on immigration, notably manifested by Fredrik Reinfeldt's summer speech in 2014 in which he appealed for "open hearts" to meet the expected migrant waves. The party supports border controls and tougher rules for immigrants, including temporary residence permits, stricter requirements for family reunification and cuts in welfare benefits. [28] [29] So-called "Swedish values" was a recurring subject in Anna Kindberg Batra's speech at the Almedalen Week in 2016, and she said that immigrants should make efforts to learn the Swedish language and take part of Swedish societal orientation, or risk getting reduced benefits and harder to get permanent residence permits. [30] Since 2015, the party has taken up its demand for increased military spending, and has supported the re-introduction of mandatory military service, inactivated in Sweden under Fredrik Reinfeldt in 2010. [31] [32]

The party is in favour of Swedish membership of NATO and wants Sweden to apply for a membership during the next term of office after the Swedish general election in 2018. The party has also expressed a wish that a membership is applied for together with Finland. [33]

Voter base

Moderate Party results by group,
VALU 2010 [34]
+GroupVotes
(%)
Average result
+/− (pp)
Business owners 40+11
White-collar workers 34+5
Private sector employees34+5
Males32+3
Employed persons32+3
Aged 31–6431+2
Members of TCO 29
Aged 65+28-1
Farmers 28-1
Members of SACO 28-1
Females26-3
Government employees24-5
Aged 18–2123-6
Aged 22–3023-6
Unemployed 23-6
First-time voters23-6
Public sector employees22-7
Students 21-8
Local government employees21-8
Raised outside Sweden20-9
Blue-collar workers 19-10
Members of LO 16-13
On sick leave 14-15
All groups (total)290
Moderate Party results by constituency,
2010 Swedish general election [35]
Constituency Votes
(%)
Average result
+/− (pp)
Stockholm County 39.96+9.9
Skåne County South 38.46+8.4
Halland County 34.71+4.65
Stockholm Municipality 34.29+4.23
Skåne County West 33.80+3.74
Västra Götaland County West 32.82+2.76
Malmö Municipality 32.62+2.56
Skåne County North and East 32.04+1.98
Gothenburg Municipality 30.37+0.31
Uppsala County 30.11+0.05
Kronoberg County 29.84-0.22
Östergötland County 28.65-1.41
Västra Götaland County South 28.33-1.73
Södermanland County 27.94-2.12
Västra Götaland County East 27.91-2.15
Blekinge County 27.34-2.72
Västmanland County 27.14-2.92
Västra Götaland County North 26.95-3.11
Kalmar County 26.90-3.16
Jönköping County 26.74-3.32
Värmland County 25.72-4.34
Gotland County 25.18-4.88
Dalarna County 25.11-4.95
Örebro County 24.01-6.05
Gävleborg County 23.14-6.92
Jämtland County 22.20-7.86
Västernorrland County 21.60-8.46
Västerbotten County 17.69-12.37
Norrbotten County 16.38-13.68
Sweden (total)30,060

The table on the left shows the Moderate Party's percentage of votes and difference compared to the overall result among some selected groups in the 2010 parliamentary election, according to a polling station survey (VALU 2010) conducted by Sveriges Television. [34]

The table on the right shows the party's percentage of votes and difference compared to the overall result in the 2010 parliamentary election by geographic constituency, according to the official election result given by the Swedish Election Authority. [35]

Those groups/areas where the party's support is higher than among the overall population are marked in green while those groups/areas where the party's support is lower than among the overall population are marked in red.

As shown from the table, the five groups where the Moderate Party has its highest level of support are company owners (40%), civil servants (34%), private sector employees (34%), males (32%) and wage laborers (32%). [34] The five groups where the party has its lowest level of support are people on sick leave (14%), members of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (16%), laborers (19%), people raised outside Sweden (20%) and local government employees (21%). [34]

Geographically, the Moderate Party has its highest level of support in the urban areas of Stockholm County, western and southern Sweden while the support in sparsely populated areas (especially in northern Sweden) is weaker. The five constituencies where the party has its highest level of support are Stockholm County (39.96%), Skåne County South (38.46%), Halland County (34.71%), Stockholm Municipality (34.29%) and Skåne County West (33.80%). [35] The five constituencies where the party has its lowest level of support are Norrbotten County (16.38%), Västerbotten County (17.69%), Västernorrland County (21.60%), Jämtland County (22.20%) and Gävleborg County (23.14%). [35]

The Moderate Party voters ranked the following issues as the five most important for their decision in the 2010 election: [34]

  1. Swedish economy
  2. Employment
  3. Private economy
  4. Schools and education
  5. Taxes

The Moderate Party also has the largest share of voters who identify as "right-wing"; 83% of the party's voters identify as "right-wing", 2% as "left-wing" and 14% as "neither right-wing nor left-wing". [34]

Furthermore, the Moderate Party, along with the Centre Party, also has the largest share of voters (83%) who say that they have "big/relatively big confidence in Swedish politicians" (average was 70%). [34]

Electoral history

Moderate Party

Parliament (Riksdag)

ElectionVotes%Seats+/–Government
1911 188,69131.1 (#2)
65 / 230
Opposition
Mar
1914
286,25037.7 (#1)
86 / 230
Increase2.svg 21Opposition
Sep
1914
268,63136.7 (#1)
86 / 230
Steady2.svgOpposition (1914-1917)
Minority (1917)
1917 182,07024.7 (#3)
59 / 230
Decrease2.svg 27Opposition
1920 183,01927.9 (#2)
70 / 230
Increase2.svg 11Opposition
1921 449,25725.8 (#2)
62 / 230
Decrease2.svg 8Opposition (1921-1923)
Minority (1923-1924)
1924 461,25726.1 (#2)
65 / 230
Increase2.svg 3Opposition
1928 692,43429.4 (#2)
73 / 230
Increase2.svg 8Minority (1928-1930)
Opposition (1930-1932)
1932 576,05323.1 (#2)
58 / 230
Decrease2.svg 15Opposition
1936 512,78117.6 (#2)
44 / 230
Decrease2.svg 9Opposition (1936-1939)
Coalition (1939-1940)
1940 518,34618.0 (#2)
42 / 230
Decrease2.svg 2Coalition
1944 488,92115.8 (#2)
39 / 230
Decrease2.svg 3Coalition (1944-1945)
Opposition (1945-1948)
1948 478,77912.3 (#2)
23 / 230
Decrease2.svg 16Opposition
1952 543,82514.4 (#3)
31 / 230
Increase2.svg 8Opposition
1956 663,69317.1 (#3)
42 / 231
Increase2.svg 11Opposition
1958 750,33219.5 (#2)
45 / 233
Increase2.svg 3Opposition
1960 704,36516.6 (#3)
39 / 233
Decrease2.svg 6Opposition
1964 582,60913.7 (#4)
33 / 233
Decrease2.svg 6Opposition
1968 621,03112.9 (#4)
32 / 233
Decrease2.svg 1Opposition
1970 573,81211.5 (#4)
41 / 350
Increase2.svg 9Opposition
1973 737,58414.3 (#3)
51 / 350
Increase2.svg 10Opposition
1976 847,67215.6 (#3)
55 / 349
Increase2.svg 4Coalition (1976-1978)
Opposition (1978-1979)
1979 1,108,40620.3 (#2)
73 / 349
Increase2.svg 18Coalition
1982 1,313,33723.6 (#2)
86 / 349
Increase2.svg 13Opposition
1985 1,187,33521.3 (#2)
76 / 349
Decrease2.svg 10Opposition
1988 983,22618.3 (#2)
66 / 349
Decrease2.svg 10Opposition
1991 1,199,39421.9 (#2)
80 / 349
Increase2.svg 14Coalition
1994 1,243,25322.4 (#2)
80 / 349
Steady2.svg 0Opposition
1998 1,204,92622.9 (#2)
82 / 349
Increase2.svg 2Opposition
2002 791,66015.1 (#2)
55 / 349
Decrease2.svg 27Opposition
2006 1,456,01426.2 (#2)
97 / 349
Increase2.svg 42Coalition
2010 1,791,76630.1 (#2)
107 / 349
Increase2.svg 10Coalition
2014 1,403,63023.3 (#2)
84 / 349
Decrease2.svg 23Opposition
2018 1,284,69819.8 (#2)
70 / 349
Decrease2.svg 14Opposition

European Parliament

ElectionVotes%Seats+/–
1995 621,56823.2 (2nd)
5 / 22
1999 524,75520.7 (2nd)
5 / 22
Steady2.svg 0
2004 458,39818.3 (2nd)
4 / 19
Decrease2.svg 1
2009 596,71018.8 (2nd)
4 / 18
4 / 20
Steady2.svg 0
Steady2.svg 0
2014 507,48813.7 (3rd)
3 / 20
Decrease2.svg 1
2019 698,77016.8 (2nd)
4 / 20
Increase2.svg 1

Organization

The party is organised on national, county and municipal level. Currently the party has around 600 local party associations and 26 county or city associations [36] Each county or city association sends delegates to the party congress, which is held every third year. [37] The 200 congress delegates elect a party chairman, two deputy party chairmen, and members of the party board. [37] The party board appoints a party secretary. [37]

In December 2009, the party's reported membership was 55,612 people, the second largest membership after the Social Democrats. [38]

Affiliated organizations

The Moderate Party has the following affiliated groups and organizations:

Leaders

Chairpersons

First deputy party chairpersons (since 1935)

Second deputy party chairpersons (since 1935)

Party secretaries (since 1949)

National ombudsmen (1909–1965)

Prime Ministers

See also

Related Research Articles

Carl Bildt Swedish politician, prime minister between 1991-1994, foreign minister between 2006-2014

Nils Daniel Carl Bildt is a Swedish politician and diplomat who was Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994. He was the leader of the Moderate Party from 1986 to 1999. Bildt served as Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2014. Since 2021, he has been the World Health Organization's Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.

The Liberals, known as the Liberal People's Party until 22 November 2015, is a liberal political party in Sweden. It was a part of the Alliance centre-right coalition government led by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt from 2006 to 2014. The party is the seventh-largest party in the Swedish Riksdag. The party is a member of the Liberal International and Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

Fredrik Reinfeldt Swedish economist and former politician

John Fredrik Reinfeldt is a Swedish economist, lecturer and former politician who was Prime Minister of Sweden from 2006 to 2014 and chairman of the liberal conservative Moderate Party from 2003 to 2015. He was the last rotating President of the European Council in 2009.

Maud Olofsson Swedish politician

Maud Elisabeth Olofsson is a former Swedish politician who was the leader of the Swedish Centre Party from 2001 to 2011, Minister for Enterprise and Energy from 2006 to 2011 and Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden from 2006 to 2010. She was a member of the Riksdag from 2002 to 2011.

Lars Leijonborg Swedish politician

Lars Erik Ansgar Leijonborg is a Swedish politician, Minister for Higher Education and Research 2006-2009 and Head of the Ministry of Education and Research 2006-2007. During a ten-year period from 1997 to 2007, he served as chairman of the Liberal People's Party.

Moderate Youth League

The Moderate Youth League, officially known in English as the Swedish Young Conservatives, is the youth wing of the Swedish Moderate Party. It had 13 500 members by the beginning of 2019. Of the political youth organizations that received financial support from the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs in 2009, it had the highest number of members.

Gösta Bohman Swedish politician

Bo Gösta Bohman was a Swedish politician and the leader of the Swedish liberal conservative Moderate Party from 1970 to 1981, during a period in which the party strengthened its position in Swedish politics. He served as Minister for the Economy during the three-party centre-right Swedish governments 1976-1978 and 1979–1981. He has since become a model for many Moderate politicians, especially in the Moderate Youth League.

2006 Swedish general election

General elections were held in Sweden on 17 September 2006, to elect members to the Riksdag, the Swedish national legislature. All 349 seats were up for election: 310 fixed seats in 29 constituencies and 39 adjustment seats, used to ensure that parties have representation in the Riksdag proportional to their share of the national vote. The electoral system used was semi-open list proportional representation using the Sainte-Laguë method of allocating seats. Elections for County and Municipal councils were also held on the same day.

Ulf Kristersson Swedish politician

Ulf Hjalmar Ed Kristersson is a Swedish politician who has served as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Moderate Party since 2017. He has been a Member of the Riksdag (MP) for Södermanland County since 2014 and previously from 1991 to 2000 for Stockholm County. He previously served as Minister for Social Security from 2010 to 2014 and Chairman of the Moderate Youth League from 1988 to 1992.

The Battle of Lycksele is the name given to the Congress of the Moderate Youth League, the youth of the Swedish Moderate Party, in 1992, set in Lycksele in Lapland.

The Alliance, formerly the Alliance for Sweden, was a centre-right political alliance in Sweden.

Filippa Reinfeldt Swedish politician

Filippa Désirée Amanda Cay Reinfeldt is a Swedish politician of the Moderate Party. She served as Health Service Commissioner of Stockholm County from 2006 to 2014, with responsible for health care, social affairs and hospitals. She was previously mayor of Täby Municipality from 2005 to 2006. In July 2019, she was appointed the Moderate Partys spokesperson on LGBT-issues.

2010 Swedish general election

General elections were held in Sweden on 19 September 2010 to elect the 349 members of the Riksdag. The main contenders of the election were the governing centre-right coalition the Alliance, consisting of the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal People's Party and the Christian Democrats; and the opposition centre-left coalition the Red-Greens, consisting of the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Green Party.

Anders Borg Swedish politician

Anders Erik Borg is a Swedish politician who served as Minister for Finance in the Swedish government from 2006 to 2014. He is a member of the Swedish Moderate Party.

History of Sweden (1991–present)

After a period of rapid growth and unprecedented prosperity during the late 1980s, by 1990 the Swedish economy overheated, and after a controversial bill freezing salaries and banning strikes failed in the Riksdag, the social democrat government led by Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson resigned in February 1990. At this time the respected Finance Minister Kjell-Olof Feldt left the government in protest over what he saw as irresponsible economic policies. Carlsson soon formed a new government, but by the time of the general election in September 1991 the economy was in free fall, and with rapidly rising unemployment, the social democrats received the smallest share of votes in sixty years (37.7%), resulting in the loss of office to the opposition, a centre-right coalition.

Anna Kinberg Batra Swedish politician

Anna Maria Kinberg Batra is a Swedish politician who served as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Moderate Party from January 2015 to October 2017. She was a Member of the Riksdag for Stockholm County from September 2006 to September 2018. She served as parliamentary leader from October 2010 to January 2015.

2018 Swedish general election

General elections were held in Sweden on Sunday 9 September 2018 to elect the 349 members of the Riksdag. Regional and municipal elections were also held on the same day. The incumbent minority government, consisting of the Social Democrats and the Greens and supported by the Left Party, won 144 seats, one seat more than the four-party Alliance coalition, with the Sweden Democrats winning the remaining 62 seats. The Social Democrats' vote share fell to 28.3 percent, its lowest level of support since 1911, although the main opposition, the Moderates, lost even more support. The Sweden Democrats made gains, though less than anticipated. Regardless, the party became the largest in two constituencies in southern region Scania and topped the polls in 21 out of 33 Scanian municipalities and in 31 out of 290 municipalities overall. The voter turnout of 87.18% was the highest in 33 years and 1.38 percentage points higher than the 2014 elections. A record 26 out of 29 constituencies returned a hung parliament. 46% of seats were won by women. The number has since increased to 47.2%.

2014 Swedish general election

General elections were held in Sweden on 14 September 2014 to elect all 349 seats in the Riksdag, alongside elections for the 21 county councils, and 290 municipal assemblies.

2014 Swedish government crisis

The 2014 Swedish government crisis started on 3 December 2014 after the Riksdag rejected the proposed government budget in favour of a budget proposed by the centre-right opposition.

2022 Swedish general election

General elections will be held in Sweden on 11 September 2022 to elect the 349 members of the Riksdag. They in turn will elect the Prime Minister of Sweden. Under the constitution, regional and municipal elections will also be held on the same day.

References

  1. "Tusentals medlemmar lämnade S i fjol – bara SD ökade" [Thousands of members leave S last year – only SD increases]. Nyheter Idag (in Swedish). 30 April 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  2. Nordsieck, Wolfram (2018). "Sweden". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. Slomp, Hans (26 September 2011). Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics. ABC-CLIO. p. 433. ISBN   978-0-313-39182-8.
  4. Milne, Richard (5 December 2019). "Mainstream Swedish party open to working with once-spurned nationalists". Financial Times. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  5. "2014: Val till landstingsfullmäktige - Valda". Valmyndigheten (in Swedish). 28 September 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  6. "2014: Val till kommunfullmäktige - Valda". Valmyndigheten (in Swedish). 26 September 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  7. "The Moderate Youth League". Moderata Ungdomsförbundet (MUF). Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  8. Peter Viggo Jakobsen (2006). Nordic Approaches to Peace Operations: A New Model in the Making?. Taylor & Francis. p. 184. ISBN   978-0-415-38360-8.
  9. Anja Timm (2008). "Practices of Transparency: exporting Swedish business culture to the Baltic states". In Christina Garsten; Monica Lindh De Montoya (eds.). Transparency in a New Global Order: Unveiling Organizational Visions. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 43. ISBN   978-1-84844-135-4.
  10. Björn Wittrock (2012). "The Making of Sweden". In Johann Pall Arnason; Bjorn Wittrock (eds.). Nordic Paths to Modernity. Berghahn Books. p. 104. ISBN   978-0-85745-270-2.
  11. Hariz Halilovich (2013). Places of Pain: Forced Displacement, Popular Memory and Trans-local Identities in Bosnian War-torn Communities. Berghahn Books. p. 208. ISBN   978-0-85745-777-6.
  12. Klaus Misgeld; Karl Molin (1 November 2010). Creating Social Democracy: A Century of the Social Democratic Labor Party in Sweden. Penn State Press. p. 430. ISBN   978-0-271-04344-9.
  13. "Member Parties". Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  14. "Member Parties". Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  15. "Det konservativa partiet gick bakåt ända fram till 1950-talet, nu med namnet Högern (1934–52) och Högerpartiet (1952–69)." which translates approximately to "The conservative party decreased all the way until the 1950s, now under the name The Right (1934-52) and The Right (Wing) Party (1952-69)" - at
  16. Tandstad, Bent (18 September 2006). "Ein ny æra i svensk politikk". NRK.
  17. Norberg, J. (1999). Den svenska Liberalismens historia. Timbro. ISBN   91-7566-429-1.
  18. Jennifer Lees-Marshment; Chris Rudd; Jesper Stromback (16 October 2009). Global Political Marketing. Routledge. p. 52. ISBN   978-1-135-26140-5.
  19. "Kristersson: "Nu har vi gått första ronden mot en ny regering"". DN.SE (in Swedish). 9 September 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  20. "Moderaterna vill skapa en ny svensk modell". DN.SE (in Swedish). 5 April 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  21. Larsson, Arne. "Svårt att se hur Moderaterna ska ena borgerligheten". gp.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  22. "DN Debatt. "En integrationskommission ska ta fram genomförbara reformer". DN.SE (in Swedish). 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  23. Nanna Kildal; Stein Kuhnle (7 May 2007). Normative Foundations of the Welfare State: The Nordic Experience. Routledge. p. 128. ISBN   978-1-134-27282-2.
  24. Hennel, Lena (30 March 2013). "M skjuter euron på framtiden". Svenska Dagbladet . Stockholm: Handelsbolaget Svenska Dagbladet AB & Co. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  25. Archived 29 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  26. Stenberg, Ewa; Eriksson, Karin (9 July 2016). "De nya hårda moderaterna". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Stockholm: AB Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  27. Lönnaeus, Olle (17 October 2015). "Moderaterna skärper sin migrationspolitik". Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). Malmö: Sydsvenska Dagbladets AB. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  28. Olsson, Hans (14 April 2016). "Moderaterna vill begränsa stödet för flyktingar". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Stockholm: AB Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  29. Grahn Hinnfors, Gunilla (9 July 2016). "Moderaterna går högerut". Göteborgsposten (in Swedish). Gothenburg: Stampen Local Media AB. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  30. My, Rohwedder (17 February 2015). "Moderaterna vill höja anslagen till försvaret". Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). Stockholm: Sveriges Radio AB. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  31. Bjurbo, Peter (28 September 2016). "Moderaterna ställer sig bakom värnplikt". Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). Stockholm: Sveriges Radio AB. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  32. Gummesson, Jonas (8 June 2015). "M: Sverige bör söka till Nato efter valet". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Stockholm: Handelsbolaget Svenska Dagbladet AB & Co. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  33. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Holmberg, Sören; Näsman, Per; Wänström, Kent (2010). Riksdagsvalet 2010 Valu (PDF) (Report). Sveriges Television. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
  34. 1 2 3 4 "Val till riksdagen - Röster" (in Swedish). Swedish Election Authority. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  35. "Om moderaterna" (in Swedish). Moderate Party. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  36. 1 2 3 "Moderata samlingspartiet". Nationalencyklopedin Multimedia 2000 (in Swedish). Höganäs: Bra Böcker. 2000. ISBN   91-7133-747-4.
  37. Cederholm, Robert; Eliasson, Anders (15 March 2010). "Partierna tappar medlemmar". Sveriges Television . Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  38. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 "Kort partihistorik" (in Swedish). Moderate Party. Archived from the original on 8 May 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010.