Danish Folketing election, 1953

Danish Folketing election, 1953

21 April 1953

All 151 seats to the Folketing
76 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 80.8%

  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Hans Hedtoft Erik Eriksen Ole Bjørn Kraft
Party Social Democrats Venstre Conservative People's
Last election 59 seats, 39.6% 32 seats, 21.3% 27 seats, 17.8%
Seats won 61 33 26
Seat change 2 1 1
Popular vote 836,507 456,896 358,509
Percentage 40.4% 22.1% 17.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Jørgen Jørgensen Oluf Pedersen Aksel Larsen
Party Social Liberals Justice Communists
Last election 12 seats, 8.2% 12 seats, 8.2% 7 seats, 4.6%
Seats won 13 9 7
Seat change 1 3 0
Popular vote 178,942 116,288 98,940
Percentage 8.6% 5.6% 4.8%

Prime Minister before election

Erik Eriksen
Venstre

Prime Minister-elect

Erik Eriksen
Venstre

Folketing elections were held alongside Landsting elections in Denmark on 21 April 1953,[1] except in the Faroe Islands where they were held on 7 May. The Social Democratic Party remained the largest in the Folketing, with 61 of the 151 seats. Voter turnout was 80.8% in Denmark proper but just 20% in the Faroes.[2]

They were the last elections under the bicameral system, as the Landsting was abolished later in the year.

Results

Denmark

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party836,50740.461+2
Venstre456,89622.133+1
Conservative People's Party358,50917.326–1
Danish Social Liberal Party178,9428.613+1
Justice Party of Denmark116,2885.69–3
Communist Party of Denmark98,9404.870
Danish Unity16,3830.80New
Schleswig Party8,4380.400
Invalid/blank votes6,712
Total2,077,6151001490
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
A
40.39%
D
22.06%
C
17.31%
B
8.64%
E
5.62%
K
4.78%
R
0.79%
Others
0.41%

Faroe Islands

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Union Party1,51545.010
Social Democratic Party1,50144.610
Self-Government Party35110.400
Invalid/blank votes36
Total3,40310020
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References

  1. Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p524 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p541
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