From local politics...
The party entered parliament for the first ime in 1985, through an electorial alliance with the Center Party. Under the popular leader Alf Svensson, the Christian Democrats grew quickly and were elected into parliament on their own platform in 1991.
The party stresses Christian principles and family values, and has many supporters in christian communities across Sweden.
For a period in the 1980’s the party adopted an environmental platform, but has moved away from that position in recent years.
To national government...
When the center-right opposition won the 1991 elections, Alf Svensson became Minister for Foreign Aid. He remained party leader until 2004, when he stepped down after more than 20 years as party leader. He was succeeded by Göran Hägglund.
While the Christian Democrats have retreated from their earlier opposition to abortion, the party continues to stress family values, and has opposed gay marriage and adoptions by homosexual couples.