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The defeat of the Danish People's Party in Denmark

The defeat of the Danish People’s Party in Denmark

Voters in 98 municipalities in Denmark went to the polls on Tuesday to appoint their local representatives.

In Copenhagen, a century-plus era went to the grave when the Social Democrats lost their position as the largest party. A ten percentage point drop means the party is now surrounded by the red-green unity list.

Despite the decline, S retained the position of Lord Mayor of Copenhagen. The Social Democrats have held this position since its introduction in 1938, and after protracted negotiations during the night in the town hall, all parties except the Liberal Alliance referred to Sophie Hestorp Andersen as mayor of the capital.

The S is down about 9-12 percentage points also in big cities like Odense, Arhus and Ålborg, but there is still an SPD mayor there as well.

conservative winners

Nevertheless, the S is still the largest party in Denmark, with 28.5 percent of the vote nationally. The second largest is the bourgeois liberal party with 21.2 percent. Both parties, on the other hand, support a few percentage points compared to the last municipal elections four years ago.

The winner is the Conservatives, who increased their support by more than 70 percent, to 15.2 percent of the vote nationwide.

The new right-wing populist party Nye Burgerlij is also moving forward, with a total of 64 seats in the country’s municipalities. In total, the party had 3.6 percent nationally, a significant increase from the last election’s 0.9 percent.

support half

Ny Burgerlij’s success is being done at the expense of the Danish People’s Party, which sees its support more than half nationally. The party critical of immigration won 4.1 percent of the vote in the municipalities, down from 8.7 percent in the last municipal elections in 2017. This means that the party lost 60 percent of its seats in the country’s municipalities leaving only 91 seats.

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Party leader Christian Tholsen Dahl admitted during election night that the party had made a disastrous decision and opened the door for resignation.

– My ambition was to be a municipal and patriotic party. There are some municipalities where we leave and that really hurts, he says.

Facts: Municipal and regional elections in Denmark

On Tuesday, elections were held in 98 municipalities and 5 regions in Denmark.

Elections at the municipal and regional levels are held every four years in the country, but they are not usually held at the same time as the Folketing (Country Parliament) elections.

Parliamentary elections shall be held no later than four years after the previous election, but the incumbent Prime Minister may call for elections at any time before the lapse of these four years. The next general election must be held no later than June 4, 2023.

On average since the 1970s, turnout in municipal elections has been just under 70 percent of those eligible to vote. Then the 2001 elections were not included because they coincided with the parliamentary elections. That year, turnout in local elections was 85 percent.

Sources: Ritzau and the report “Participation in the Municipal and Regional Elections 2017”, University of Copenhagen

Facts: This is how things went for the parties

Preliminary results in the Danish municipal elections for parliamentary parties, percentage of votes (change in percentage points and number of seats compared to the 2017 elections in parentheses):

Social democracy: 28.5% (-3.9). Number of seats: 756 (–86).

Left: 21.2 percent (-1.9). Number of seats: 620 (–68).

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Conservatives: 15.2 percent (+6.4). Number of seats: 403 (+178)

Socialist People’s Party: 7.6% (+1.9). Seats: 168 (+42)

List of units: 7.3 percent (+1.3). Number of seats: 114 (+12)

Radical Left: 5.6 percent (+1.0). Number of seats: 94 (+14)

Danish People’s Party 4.1% (-4.6). Number of seats: 91 (-132).

New civilian: 3.6% (+2.7). Number of seats: 64 (+63).

Liberal Alliance: 1.4 percent (-1.2). Number of seats: 9 (-19).

Variation: 0.7% (-2.2). Number of seats: 5 (-15).

Others: 4.9 percent (+0.4). Number of seats: 122 (+15).

Source: Politics