1939 Danish Folketing election

Folketing elections were held in Denmark on 3 April 1939,[1] except in the Faroe Islands where they were held on 19 April. They followed a dissolution of both chambers in order to call a referendum on changing the constitution. The referendum was held on 23 May but failed due to a low voter turnout. The result of the elections was a victory for the Social Democratic Party, which won 64 of the 149 seats. Voter turnout was 79.2% in Denmark proper and 47.8% in the Faroes.[2][3]

1939 Danish Folketing election
Danish Realm
← 1935 3 April 1939 1943 →

All 149 seats in the Folketing
75 seats needed for a majority
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Elected in Denmark
Social Democrats Thorvald Stauning 42.92 64 -4
Venstre Thomas Madsen-Mygdal 18.20 30 +2
Conservative Christmas Møller 17.74 26 0
Social Liberals Peter Rochegune Munch 9.52 14 0
Farmers' 2.99 4 -1
Communists Aksel Larsen 2.41 3 +1
Justice Collective leadership 1.99 3 -1
National Socialists Frits Clausen 1.83 3 +3
Schleswig Jens Møller 0.88 1 0
Elected in the Faroe Islands
Union Andrass Samuelsen 34.69 1 0
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Thorvald Stauning
Social Democrats
Thorvald Stauning
Social Democrats


Social Democratic Party729,61942.9264–4
Conservative People's Party301,62517.74260
Danish Social Liberal Party161,8349.52140
Farmers' Party50,8292.994–1
Communist Party of Denmark40,8932.413+1
Justice Party of Denmark33,7831.993–1
National Socialist Workers' Party31,0321.833+3
National Cooperation17,3501.020New
Schleswig Party15,0160.8810
Danish Unity8,5530.500New
Valid votes1,699,88999.43
Invalid/blank votes9,6670.57
Total votes1,709,556100.00
Registered voters/turnout2,159,35679.17
Faroe Islands
Union Party2,18034.6910
Social Democratic Party1,35321.5300
Business Party5889.360New
Valid votes6,28499.62
Invalid/blank votes240.38
Total votes6,308100.00
Registered voters/turnout13,19747.80
Source: Danmarks Statistik


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p524 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p539
  3. ^ Cohn, Einar (May 1939). "Rigsdagsvalgene og Folkeafstemningen i April og Maj 1939". Danmarks Statistik.