Danish general election, 1973

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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.

Voter turnout was 88.7% in Denmark proper, 54.6% in the Faroe Islands and 66.0% in Greenland.[4]

Danish general election, 1973
Kingdom of Denmark
4 December 1973

All 179 seats to the Folketing
90 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 88.3%
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Leader Anker Jørgensen Mogens Glistrup
Party Social Democrats Progress
Last election 70 seats, 37.3% New
Seats won 46 28
Seat change Decrease24 Increase28
Popular vote 783,145 485,289
Percentage 25.6% 15.9%

Prime Minister before election

Anker Jørgensen
Social Democrats

Prime Minister-elect

Poul Hartling
Venstre

Results

Denmark
Party Votes +/– % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 783,145 25.6 -11.7 46 –24
Progress Party 485,289 15.9 +15.9 28 New
Venstre 374,283 12.3 -3.3 22 –8
Danish Social Liberal Party 343,117 11.2 -3.1 20 –7
Conservative People's Party 279,391 9.2 -7.5 16 –15
Centre Democrats 236,784 7.8 +7.8 14 New
Socialist People's Party 183,522 6.0 -3.1 11 –6
Christian People's Party 123,573 4.0 +2 7 +7
Communist Party of Denmark 110,715 3.6 +2.2 6 +6
Justice Party of Denmark 87,904 2.9 +1.2 5 +5
Left Socialists 44,843 1.5 -0.1 0 0
Independents 637 0.0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 17,050
Total 3,070,253 100 175 0
Faroe Islands
Social Democratic Party 3,772 28.6 1 0
Republican Party 3,312 25.1 1 New
People's Party 2,690 20.4 0 –1
Union Party 2,533 19.2 0 0
Self-Government Party 553 4.2 0 0
Progress Party 258 2.0 0 0
Independents 72 0.5 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 47
Total 13,237 100 2 0
Greenland
Independents 15,869 100 2 0
Invalid/blank votes 512
Total 16,381 100 2 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (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

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