1971 Danish general election

General elections were held in Denmark on 21 September 1971 and in the Faroe Islands on 5 October.[1][2] The Social Democratic Party remained the largest in the Folketing, with 70 of the 179 seats. Voter turnout was 87% in Denmark proper, 57% in the Faroe Islands and 52% in Greenland (where only one of the two constituencies was contested as the other had only a single candidate who was elected unopposed).[3] They were the first elections using the new counties as constituencies.

1971 Danish general election
Danish Realm
← 1968 21 September 1971 1973 →

All 179 seats in the Folketing
90 seats needed for a majority
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Social Democrats Jens Otto Krag 37.27 70 +8
Conservative Poul Møller 16.69 31 -6
Venstre Poul Hartling 15.64 30 -4
Social Liberals Hilmar Baunsgaard 14.34 27 0
SF Sigurd Ømann 9.11 17 +6
Elected in the Faroe Islands
Social Democratic Jákup Frederik Øregaard 31.77 1 0
People's Hákun Djurhuus 20.42 1 0
Elected in Greenland
Independents 100 2 0
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Folketingsvalget 1971 - Opstillingskredse.svg
Prime Minister before Prime Minister-elect
Hilmar Baunsgaard
Social Liberals
Jens Otto Krag
Social Democrats


Denmark proper
Social Democrats1,074,77737.2770+8
Conservative People's Party481,33516.6931–6
Danish Social Liberal Party413,62014.34270
Socialist People's Party262,7569.1117+6
Christian People's Party57,0721.980New
Justice Party of Denmark50,2311.7400
Left Socialists45,9791.590–4
Communist Party of Denmark39,5641.3700
Schleswig Party6,7430.2300
Valid votes2,883,90099.30
Invalid/blank votes20,1960.70
Total votes2,904,096100.00
Registered voters/turnout3,332,00487.16
Faroe Islands
Social Democratic Party4,17031.7710
Union Party2,85521.7500
People's Party2,68020.4210
Progress Party3622.7600
Valid votes13,12599.42
Invalid/blank votes770.58
Total votes13,202100.00
Registered voters/turnout23,26056.76
Valid votes7,14897.34
Invalid/blank votes1952.66
Total votes7,343100.00
Registered voters/turnout14,10452.06
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, Danmarks Statistik


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p524 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Denmark Inter-Parliamentary Union
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, pp543-544