1953 Danish general election

General elections were held in the Kingdom of Denmark on 22 September 1953,[1] the first under the new constitution. The Social Democratic Party remained the largest in the Folketing, with 74 of the 179 seats. Voter turnout was 80.6% in Denmark proper and 68.6% in Greenland.[2] The electoral threshold was 60,000 votes.

1953 Danish general election
Kingdom of Denmark
← April 1953 22 September 1953 1957 →
Turnout80.6%
Party Leader % Seats ±
Social Democrats Hans Hedtoft 41.3% 74 +13
Venstre Erik Eriksen 23.1% 42 +9
Conservative Ole Bjørn Kraft 16.8% 30 +4
Social Liberals Jørgen Jørgensen 7.8% 14 +1
Communists Aksel Larsen 4.3% 8 +1
Justice Viggo Stacke 3.5% 6 -3
Schleswig 0.5% 1 +1
Elected in the Faroe Islands
Social Democratic Peter Mohr Dam 1 0
Union Johan Poulsen 1 +1
Elected in Greenland
Independent 100% 2 New
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister-elect
Erik Eriksen
Venstre
Hans Hedtoft
Social Democrats

ResultsEdit

DenmarkEdit

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 894,913 41.3 74 +13
Venstre 499,656 23.1 42 +9
Conservative People's Party 364,960 16.8 30 +4
Danish Social Liberal Party 169,295 7.8 14 +1
Communist Party of Denmark 93,824 4.3 8 +1
Justice Party of Denmark 75,449 3.5 6 –3
Independent Party 58,573 2.7 0 New
Schleswig Party 9,721 0.5 1 +1
Invalid/blank votes 5,645
Total 2,172,036 100 175 +26
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
A
41.31%
D
23.06%
C
16.85%
B
7.81%
K
4.33%
E
3.48%
U
2.70%
Others
0.45%

Faroe IslandsEdit

Only two candidates ran in the two-seat Faroes constituency, one from the Union Party and one from the Social Democratic Party. Both were re-elected unopposed.[2]

GreenlandEdit

Party Votes % Seats
Independents 6,183 100 2
Invalid/blank votes 232
Total 6,415 100 2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p524 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p541