1973 Danish general election

General elections were held in Denmark on 4 December 1973 and in the Faroe Islands on 13 December.[1][2] It has since been referred to as the Landslide Election (Danish: Jordskredsvalget),[3] as five new or previously unrepresented parties won seats, and more than half the members of the parliament were replaced. The Social Democratic Party, which had led a minority government until this election, lost a third of their seats. After the election Poul Hartling, the leader of the liberal Venstre, formed the smallest minority government in Denmark's history with only 22 seats, supported by the Progress Party, the Conservative People's Party, the Social Liberal Party, the Centre Democrats and the Christian People's Party.

1973 Danish general election
Danish Realm
← 1971 4 December 1973 1975 →

All 179 seats in the Folketing
90 seats needed for a majority
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Social Democrats Anker Jørgensen 25.65 46 -24
Progress Mogens Glistrup 15.89 28 New
Venstre Poul Hartling 12.26 22 -8
Social Liberals Hilmar Baunsgaard 11.24 20 -7
Conservatives Erik Ninn-Hansen 9.15 16 -15
Centre Democrats Erhard Jakobsen 7.76 14 New
SF Sigurd Ømann 6.01 11 -6
KrF Jacob Christensen 4.05 7 +7
Communists Knud Jespersen 3.63 6 +6
Justice Ib Christensen 2.88 5 +5
Elected in the Faroe Islands
Social Democratic Atli Dam 28.60 1 0
Republican Signar Hansen 25.11 1 New
Elected in Greenland
Independents 100 2 0
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Folketingsvalget 1973 - Opstillingskredse.svg
Prime Minister before Prime Minister-elect
Anker Jørgensen
Social Democrats
Poul Hartling
Ballot paper

Voter turnout was 89% in Denmark proper, 55% in the Faroe Islands and 66% in Greenland.[4]


The USSR covertly funded the Communist Party of Denmark.[5]


Denmark proper
Social Democrats783,14525.6546–24
Progress Party485,28915.8928New
Danish Social Liberal Party343,11711.2420–7
Conservative People's Party279,3919.1516–15
Centre Democrats236,7847.7614New
Socialist People's Party183,5226.0111–6
Christian People's Party123,5734.057+7
Communist Party of Denmark110,7153.636+6
Justice Party of Denmark87,9042.885+5
Left Socialists44,8431.4700
Valid votes3,053,20399.44
Invalid/blank votes17,0500.56
Total votes3,070,253100.00
Registered voters/turnout3,460,73788.72
Faroe Islands
Social Democratic Party3,77228.6010
Republican Party3,31225.111New
People's Party2,69020.390–1
Union Party2,53319.2000
Progress Party2581.9600
Valid votes13,19099.64
Invalid/blank votes470.36
Total votes13,237100.00
Registered voters/turnout24,25954.57
Valid votes15,86996.87
Invalid/blank votes5123.13
Total votes16,381100.00
Registered voters/turnout24,83865.95
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ Jespersen, KJV A History of Denmark
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p544
  5. ^ Levin, Dov H. (2016-09-19). "Partisan electoral interventions by the great powers: Introducing the PEIG Dataset". Conflict Management and Peace Science. 36 (1): 88–106. doi:10.1177/0738894216661190. ISSN 0738-8942. S2CID 157114479.

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