1998 Danish general election

General elections were held in Denmark on 11 March 1998.[1] Although the centre-right parties led by Venstre had been expected to win, the Social Democratic Party-led government of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen remained in power in a very close vote that required several recounts.

1998 Danish general election
Danish Realm
← 1994 11 March 1998 2001 →

All 179 seats in the Folketing
90 seats needed for a majority
Turnout85.6%
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Social Democrats Poul Nyrup Rasmussen 35.9% 63 +1
Venstre Uffe Ellemann-Jensen 24.0% 42 0
Conservative Per Stig Møller 8.9% 16 -11
SF Holger K. Nielsen 7.6% 13 0
DPP Pia Kjærsgaard 7.6% 13 New
Centre Democrats Mimi Jakobsen 4.3% 8 +3
Social Liberals Marianne Jelved 3.9% 7 -1
Red–Green Collective leadership 2.7% 5 -1
KrF Jann Sjursen 2.5% 4 +4
Progress Kirsten Jacobsen 2.4% 4 -7
Elected in the Faroe Islands
People's Anfinn Kallsberg 26.9% 1 0
Social Democratic Jóannes Eidesgaard 22.7% 1 +1
Elected in Greenland
Siumut Lars-Emil Johansen 36.5% 1 New
Atassut Daniel Skifte 36.1% 1 0
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Folketingsvalget 1998 - Opstillingskredse.svg
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Prime Minister before PM-elect
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Social Democrats
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Social Democrats

Venstre leader Uffe Ellemann-Jensen resigned as party leader a few days after the election. The new Danish People's Party made a successful electoral debut. Voter turnout was 85.9% in Denmark proper, 66.1% in the Faroe Islands and 63.2% in Greenland.[2]

ResultsEdit

 
Denmark proper
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 1,223,620 35.9 63 +1
Venstre 817,894 24.0 42 0
Conservative People's Party 303,965 8.9 16 –11
Socialist People's Party 257,406 7.6 13 0
Danish People's Party 252,429 7.4 13 New
Centre Democrats 146,802 4.3 8 +3
Danish Social Liberal Party 131,254 3.9 7 –1
Red-Green Alliance 91,933 2.7 5 –1
Christian People's Party 85,656 2.5 4 +4
Progress Party 82,437 2.4 4 –7
Democratic Renewal 10,768 0.3 0 New
Independents 1,833 0.1 0 –1
Invalid/blank votes 25,929
Total 3,431,926 100 175 0
Faroe Islands
People's Party 5,569 26.9 1 0
Social Democratic Party 4,689 22.7 1 +1
Union Party 4,510 21.8 0 –1
Republican Party 4,325 20.9 0 0
Self-Government Party 1,603 7.7 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 146
Total 20,842 100 2 0
Greenland
Siumut 8,502 36.5 1 New
Atassut 8,404 36.1 1 0
Inuit Ataqatigiit 4,988 21.4 0 New
Centre Party 99 0.4 0 0
Independents 1,293 5.6 0 –1
Invalid/blank votes 891
Total 24,117 100 2 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
A
35.93%
V
24.01%
C
8.92%
F
7.56%
O
7.41%
D
4.31%
B
3.85%
Ø
2.70%
Q
2.51%
Z
2.42%
Others
0.37%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p525 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p549