Social Democratic Party (Faroe Islands)

The Social Democratic Party[2] (Faroese: Javnaðarflokkurin, JF; literally the Equality Party) is a social-democratic[3] political party on the Faroe Islands, led by Aksel V. Johannesen.

Social Democratic Party
Javnaðarflokkurin
AbbreviationJF
ChairpersonAksel V. Johannesen
Deputy ChairpersonEyðgunn Samuelsen
General SecretaryBjarni Arge
Founded25 September 1925; 97 years ago (1925-09-25)
HeadquartersTórshavn, Faroe Islands
Youth wingSocialist Youth
IdeologySocial democracy[1]
Danish unionism[1]
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationSocial Democrats
Nordic affiliationSAMAK
The Social Democratic Group
Colours  Red
Løgting
7 / 33
Folketing
(Faroe seats)
1 / 2
Election symbol
C
Website
j.fo

HistoryEdit

The Social Democratic Party was founded on 25 September 1925 by members of Faroese trade unions.

Its youth organization Sosialistiskt Ungmannafelag (Socialist Youth) was founded in 1965.[4]

At the 2004 general election on 20 January 2004, the party received 21.8% of the popular vote and therefore won 7 out of 33 seats in the Løgting.

At the 2008 general election on 19 January 2008, the party received 19.3% of the popular vote and therefore won 6 out of 33 seats.[5]

In the 2011 election for the Danish Folketing, the party improved its vote share to 21.0%, and took one of the two Faroese seats previously held by Republic. The elected representative of the Social Democratic Party in the Folketing is Sjúrður Skaale, who received 1539 personal votes.[6]

At the 2011 general election on 29 October 2011, the party received 17.8% of the popular vote and therefore won 6 out of 33 seats.

At the 2015 general election on 1 September 2015, the party received 25.1% of the vote, winning a plurality of 8 seats in the Løgting.

IdeologyEdit

The party is officially neutral on the matter of independence from Denmark, but generally leans towards remaining in the union. In the Danish Folketing, the Social Democratic Party supports the "Red Bloc" led by the Social Democrats of Denmark.

Party leadersEdit

Current members of the LøgtingEdit

History of Javnaðarflokkurin in Faroese general electionsEdit

Faroese general elections 1928–2015
Year Votes Members
# %
1928 671 10.6
2 / 23
1932 825 10.5
2 / 21
1936 1,891 24.0
6 / 24
1940 2,012 23.9
6 / 24
1943 1,919 19.9
5 / 25
1945 3,305 22.8
6 / 23
1946 3,705 28.1
4 / 20
1950 2,605 22.4
6 / 25
1954 2,518 19.8
5 / 27
1958 3,589 25.8
8 / 30
1962 4,161 27.5
8 / 29
1966 4,751 27.0
7 / 26
1970 4,916 27.2
7 / 26
1974 5,125 25.8
7 / 26
1978 5,062 22.3
8 / 32
1980 5,043 21.7
8 / 32
1984 5,879 23.4
8 / 32
1988 6,233 21.6
7 / 32
1990 7,805 27.5
10 / 32
1994 3,918 15.4
5 / 32
1998 6,063 21.9
7 / 32
2002 6,378 20.9
7 / 32
2004 6,921 21.8
7 / 32
2008 6,018 19.3
6 / 33
2011 5,428 17.8
6 / 33
2015 8,093 25.1
8 / 33
2019 7,480 22.1
7 / 33

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2019). "Faroes/Denmark". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  2. ^ Tom Lansford (2014). Political Handbook of the World 2014. SAGE Publications. p. 392. ISBN 978-1-4833-3327-4.
  3. ^ Christina Bergqvist (1999). Equal Democracies?: Gender and Politics in the Nordic Countries. Nordic Council of Ministers. p. 318. ISBN 978-82-00-12799-4.
  4. ^ J.fo, From the history of the Social Democratic Party of the Faroe Islands
  5. ^ UF.fo, Løgtingsvalið 19. januar 2008
  6. ^ Kringvarp.fo Archived 2012-08-03 at archive.today

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