Olof Palme

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Olof Palme in the 1970s.

Olof Palme (January 30, 1927 – February 28, 1986) was a Swedish Social Democratic politician. He was Prime Minister from 1969 to 1976 and from 1982 until his assassination in 1986.


  • For us, democracy is a question of human dignity. This includes the political liberties, the right to freely express our views, the right to criticize and to influence opinion. It embraces the right to health and work, to education and social security.
    • In: Nancy I. Lieber, ‎Institute for Democratic Socialism (U.S.) (1982) Eurosocialism and America: political economy for the 1980s. p. 222.
  • Former Prime minister Tage Erlander recently spoke in a radio program about how he visited his senile mother at an hospital outside of Karlstad. And she told him; I'm so happy here, I get good care and everyone is so nice to me, but who is paying for all this? Is it you Tage? And Erlander said; no I'm not paying, it's you mum that's paying. You have paid for this your entire life and you have the right to be taken care of when you get old and infirm, not because of charity, not because you have a thick wallet, but because you are a Swedish citizen!
    • Olof Palme, August 28, 1985, in debate with the leader of the opposition before 1985 years general election.
  • Apartheid cannot be reformed. It has to be eliminated.
    • Olof Palme, February 21, 1986: Quoted in: Roberta Seret (2011) World Affairs in Foreign Films: Getting the Global Picture, p. 122.
  • Human beings will find a balanced situation when they do good things not because God says it, but because they feel like doing them.
    • Quoted in: V. Thomas (2009) The God Dilemma: To Believe Or Not to Believe,.

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