Liberalism and centrism in Sweden

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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 article it isn't necessary for parties to have labelled themselves as a liberal party.


Liberalism has been a major force in Sweden since the 19th century. And even before then, personalities like Anders Chydenius (1729 – 1803), promoted the ideals of liberalism.[1] Nowadays The Liberals (Liberalerna, member of LI and ALDE) calls itself a centre-right liberal party. The Centre Party (Centerpartiet, member of LI and ALDE) is a historically agrarian party that has gradually developed into a liberal party. Since their party congress in 2013, they define themselves as a green, liberal party.[2]


From People's Party to The Liberals[edit]

Liberal Party of Sweden[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Liberal thinkers[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Story of Sweden Is About Markets, Not Socialism". Atlas Network. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  2. ^är-kan-du-läsa-hela-idéprogrammet.pdf Archived 2015-04-11 at the Wayback Machine