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Liberalism and centrism in Sweden

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Liberalism and centrism in Sweden

This article gives an overview of liberalism and centrism in Sweden. It is limited to liberal and centrist parties with substantial support, mainly proved by having had a representation in parliament. The sign ⇒ denotes another party in that scheme. For inclusion in this scheme it isn't necessary so that parties labeled themselves as a liberal party.


  • Background 1
  • History 2
    • From People's Party to People's Party Liberals 2.1
    • Liberal Party of Sweden 2.2
    • Centre Party 2.3
  • Liberal leaders 3
  • Liberal thinkers 4
  • See also 5


Liberalism has been a major force in Sweden since the 19th century. Nowadays the Liberal People's Party (Folkpartiet Liberalerna, member LI, ELDR) calls itself a centre-right liberal party. The Centre Party (Centerpartiet, member ELDR) is an agrarian party that gradually develops into a more or less liberal party.


From People's Party to People's Party Liberals

Liberal Party of Sweden

  • 1922: The Liberal Coalition Party fell apart into the ⇒ Freeminded People's Party and the Liberal Party of Sweden (Sveriges Liberala Parti)
  • 1934: Both parties re-united into the ⇒ People's Party

Centre Party

  • 1958: The agrarian Rural Party - Farmers' League (Landbygdspartiet Bondeförbundet) renamed itself into Centre Party (Centerpartiet) and evolved gradually from an agrarian into a more liberal direction.

Liberal leaders

  • Folkpartiet Liberalerna: Jan Björklund

Liberal thinkers

In the Contributions to liberal theory the following Swedish thinkers are included:

See also

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