Next Danish general election

General elections are scheduled to be held in the Kingdom of Denmark by 4 June 2023, corresponding to the maximum four-year mandate as specified by the constitution, depending on whether a snap election is called.[3] All 179 members of the Folketing will be elected. 175 members will be elected in Denmark proper, two in the Faroe Islands and two in Greenland.

Next Danish general election
Kingdom of Denmark
← 2019 On or before 4 June 2023

All 179 seats in the Folketing
175 from Denmark, 2 from Greenland and 2 from the Faroe Islands.
90 seats are needed for a majority[1]
Party Leader Current seats
Parties in Denmark
Social Democrats Mette Frederiksen 49
Venstre Jakob Ellemann-Jensen 39
DPP Kristian Thulesen Dahl 16
SF Pia Olsen Dyhr 15
Social Liberals Sofie Carsten Nielsen 14
Red–Green Mai Villadsen[a] 13
Conservative Søren Pape Poulsen 13
New Right Pernille Vermund 4
Liberal Alliance Alex Vanopslagh 3
The Alternative Franciska Rosenkilde 1
Independents 8
Parties in the Faroe Islands
Union Bárður á Steig Nielsen 1
Social Democratic Aksel V. Johannesen 1
Parties in Greenland
Inuit Ataqatigiit Múte Bourup Egede 1
Siumut Erik Jensen 1
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Incumbent Prime Minister
Mette Frederiksen - 2009.jpg Mette Frederiksen
Social Democrats

BackgroundEdit

The 2019 Danish general election ended with a 91 seats win for the Social Democrats and Mette Frederiksen and their supporting parties. 22 days later, a minority government was formed by the Social Democrats. The government was supported by the other parties in the "red bloc", the Socialist People's Party, the Social Liberal Party, and the Red–Green Alliance. Mette Frederiksen, the leader of the Social Democrats, became Prime Minister.[4]

Electoral systemEdit

The 179 members of the Folketing are elected in Denmark (175), the Faroe Islands (2) and Greenland (2). The 175 seats in Denmark include 135 seats elected in ten multi-member constituencies by proportional representation, using the d'Hondt method, and 40 leveling seats, allocated to parties in order to address any imbalance in the distribution of the constituency seats. The main threshold for levelling seats is 2%.[5]

According to the Danish Constitution, the election will have to be held no later than 4 June 2023, as the last election was held on 5 June 2019. The Prime Minister is able to call the election at any date, provided that date is no later than four years from the previous election, and this is often cited as a tactical advantage to the sitting government, as it can call an early election when polls are favourable. For instance, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the previous prime minister, announced on 7 May 2019 that elections would be held on 5 June 2019.[6] The latest date for that election was 17 June 2019.

PartiesEdit

The table below lists parties currently represented in the Folketing.

DenmarkEdit

Name Ideologies Leader 2019 result Current
seats
Votes (%) Seats
A Social Democrats
Socialdemokraterne
Social democracy Mette Frederiksen 25.9%
48 / 179
49 / 179
V Venstre
Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti
Conservative liberalism
Agrarianism (Nordic)
Jakob Ellemann-Jensen 23.4%
43 / 179
39 / 179
O Danish People's Party
Dansk Folkeparti
Danish nationalism
National conservatism
Kristian Thulesen Dahl 8.7%
16 / 179
16 / 179
B Danish Social Liberal Party
Det Radikale Venstre
Social liberalism Sofie Carsten Nielsen 8.6%
16 / 179
14 / 179
F Socialist People's Party
Socialistisk Folkeparti
Green politics
Popular socialism
Pia Olsen Dyhr 7.7%
14 / 179
15 / 179
Ø Red-Green Alliance
Enhedslisten – De Rød-Grønne
Eco-socialism
Anti-capitalism
Collective leadership
Political leader: Mai Villadsen
6.9%
13 / 179
13 / 179
C Conservative People's Party
Det Konservative Folkeparti
Green conservatism Søren Pape Poulsen 6.6%
12 / 179
13 / 179
Å The Alternative
Alternativet
Green politics
Pro-Europeanism
Franciska Rosenkilde 3.0%
5 / 179
1 / 179
D The New Right
Nye Borgerlige
National conservatism
Economic liberalism
Pernille Vermund 2.4%
4 / 179
4 / 179
I Liberal Alliance
Liberal Alliance
Right-libertarianism
Classical liberalism
Alex Vanopslagh 2.3%
4 / 179
3 / 179
K Christian Democrats
Kristendemokraterne
Christian Democracy
Social Conservatism
Isabella Arendt 1.8%
0 / 179
1 / 179
Ind. Independent 0.1%
0 / 179
7 / 179

Faroe IslandsEdit

Name Ideologies Leader 2019 result Current
seats
Votes (%) Seats
JF Social Democratic Party
Javnaðarflokkurin
Social democracy Aksel V. Johannesen 24.3%
1 / 179
1 / 179
SP Union Party
Sambandsflokkurin
Social liberalism Bárður á Steig Nielsen 23.5%
1 / 179
1 / 179

GreenlandEdit

Name Ideologies Leader 2019 result Current
seats
Votes (%) Seats
IA Community of the People
Inuit Ataqatigiit
Democratic socialism Múte Bourup Egede 38.3%
1 / 179
1 / 179
SIU Forward
Siumut
Social democracy Erik Jensen 38.0%
1 / 179
1 / 179

Opinion pollsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Formally, the Red-Green Alliance have collective leadership, but Villadsen is their political spokesperson, and de facto leader of the party.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mandatfordelingen / Folketinger". Folketinget. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  2. ^ Hoffmann-Hansen, Henrik; Fabricius, Kitte (10 May 2019). "Overblik: Partierne i Danmark". Kristeligt Dagblad (in Danish). Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Danmarks Riges Grundlov (Grundloven) (* 1)". Retsinformation. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Mette Frederiksen bliver Danmarks næste statsminister" (in Danish). Danmarks Radio. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Folketinget (The Danish Parliament)". Inter-Parliamentary Union. 10 April 1991. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Lars Løkke Rasmussen udskriver folketingsvalg". Danmarks Radio. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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