Olof Palme

1927 - 1986

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Sven Olof Joachim Palme (; Swedish: [ˈûːlɔf ˈpâlːmɛ] (listen); 30 January 1927 – 28 February 1986) was a Swedish statesman. A longtime protégé of Prime Minister Tage Erlander, Palme led the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1969 until his assassination in 1986, and was twice Prime Minister of Sweden, heading a Privy Council Government from 1969 to 1976 and a cabinet government from 1982 until his death. Electoral defeats in 1976 and 1979 marked the end of Social Democratic hegemony in Swedish politics, which had seen 40 years of unbroken rule by the party. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Olof Palme has received more than 1,326,014 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Olof Palme is the 236th most popular politician (up from 294th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 13th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Swedish Politician.

Olof Palme was a Swedish politician who served as Prime Minister of Sweden from 1969 to 1976 and again from 1982 until his assassination in 1986.

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Among politicians, Olof Palme ranks 236 out of 15,710. Before him are Christina, Queen of Sweden, Charles IX of France, Mahmud II, Lech Wałęsa, Sulla, and Joe Biden. After him are Nicholas I of Russia, Konrad Adenauer, Mehmed I, Philip II of France, Charles the Bald, and Enver Hoxha.

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Among people born in 1927, Olof Palme ranks 4Before him are Pope Benedict XVI, Gabriel García Márquez, and Ferenc Puskás. After him are Roger Moore, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Günter Grass, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Falk, Albert Uderzo, Samuel P. Huntington, and Lawrence Kohlberg. Among people deceased in 1986, Olof Palme ranks 4Before him are Simone de Beauvoir, Wallis Simpson, and Jorge Luis Borges. After him are Andrei Tarkovsky, Vyacheslav Molotov, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Mircea Eliade, Cary Grant, Tenzing Norgay, Joseph Beuys, and Henry Moore.

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Among people born in Sweden, Olof Palme ranks 10 out of 1,296. Before him are Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (1594), Anders Celsius (1701), Ingmar Bergman (1918), Astrid Lindgren (1907), Selma Lagerlöf (1858), and Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626). After him are Oleg of Novgorod (900), Charles XII of Sweden (1682), Ingvar Kamprad (1926), Ingrid Bergman (1915), August Strindberg (1849), and Greta Garbo (1905).


Among politicians born in Sweden, Olof Palme ranks 3Before him are Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (1594) and Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626). After him are Oleg of Novgorod (900), Charles XII of Sweden (1682), Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (1882), Sigismund III Vasa (1566), Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (1946), Gustaf V of Sweden (1858), Oscar II of Sweden (1829), Gustav III of Sweden (1746), and Charles IX of Sweden (1550).