Danish general election, 1981

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General elections were held in Denmark on 8 December 1981.[1] The Social Democratic Party remained the largest in the Folketing, with 59 of the 179 seats. Voter turnout was 83.3% in Denmark proper, 55.4% in the Faroe Islands and 61.0% in Greenland.[2]

Danish general election, 1981
Kingdom of Denmark
8 December 1981

All 179 seats to the Folketing
90 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 82.8%
  Anker-jørgensen-cropped.jpg Poul Schluter portrait 2005.jpg
Leader Anker Jørgensen Poul Schlüter
Party Social Democrats Conservative People's
Last election 68 seats, 38.3% 22 seats, 12.5%
Seats won 59 26
Seat change Decrease9 Increase4
Popular vote 1,026,726 451,478
Percentage 32.9% 14.5%

Prime Minister before election

Anker Jørgensen
Social Democrats

Prime Minister-elect

Anker Jørgensen
Social Democrats

Results

Denmark
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 1,026,726 32.9 59 –9
Conservative People's Party 451,478 14.5 26 +4
Socialist People's Party 353,373 11.3 21 +10
Venstre 353,280 11.3 20 –2
Progress Party 278,383 8.9 16 –4
Centre Democrats 258,522 8.3 15 +9
Danish Social Liberal Party 160,053 5.1 9 –1
Left Socialists 82,711 2.7 5 –1
Christian People's Party 72,174 2.3 4 –1
Justice Party of Denmark 45,174 1.4 0 –5
Communist Party of Denmark 34,625 1.1 0 0
Communist Workers Party 4,223 0.1 0 0
Socialist Workers Party 2,034 0.1 0 New
Independents 807 0.0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 19,881
Total 3,143,444 100 175 0
Faroe Islands
Union Party 4,393 26.4 1 0
Social Democratic Party 4,070 24.5 1 0
Republican Party 3,441 20.7 0 0
People's Party 3,073 18.5 0 0
Self-Government Party 867 5.2 0 0
Progress and Fisheries Party 773 4.7 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 79
Total 16,696 100 2 0
Greenland
Solidarity 9,223 48.9 1 0
Siumut 7,126 37.7 1 0
Independents 2,529 13.4 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 925
Total 19,803 100 2 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p525 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p545

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