Olof Palme

Swedish Prime Minister (1969–76, 1982–86)

Olof Palme (30 January 1927 – 28 February 1986) was a Swedish politician. He was the leader of the Social Democratic Party from 1969 until his assassination and Prime Minister of Sweden from 1969 to 1976 and 1982 to 1986.[1]

Olof Palme
Prime Minister of Sweden
In office
14 October 1969 – 8 October 1976
8 October 1982 – 28 February 1986
DeputyIngvar Carlsson
Preceded byTage Erlander
Thorbjörn Fälldin
Succeeded byThorbjörn Fälldin
Ingvar Carlsson
Personal details
Born30 January 1927
Stockholm, Sweden
Died28 February 1986
Stockholm, Sweden
Political partySocial Democratic
Spouse(s)Lisbet Palme (née Beck-Friis)

Palme was shot and killed in Stockholm after going to the cinema on 28 February 1986. His wife was also shot but she survived. The murderer has never been identified, and the gun has never been found. His murder is still a mystery for Swedish police, even though people have been arrested in connection with it.

He was a pacifist and against apartheid, The Vietnam War, and nuclear weapons. He made efforts to improve welfare and economic, social and cultural rights for workers.


  1. "Sweden" (in Swedish). World Statesmen. Retrieved 22 December 2014.

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