Danish general election, 1953

Danish general election, 1953

22 September 1953

All 179 seats to the Folketing
90 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 80.6%

  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Hans Hedtoft Erik Eriksen Ole Bjørn Kraft
Party Social Democrats Venstre Conservative People's
Last election 61 seats, 40.4% 33 seats, 22.1% 26 seats, 17.3%
Seats won 74 42 30
Seat change 13 9 4
Popular vote 894,913 499,656 364,960
Percentage 41.3% 23.1% 16.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Jørgen Jørgensen Aksel Larsen ?
Party Social Liberals Communists Justice
Last election 13 seats, 8.6% 7 seats, 4.8% 9 seats, 5.6%
Seats won 14 8 6
Seat change 1 1 3
Popular vote 169,295 93,824 75,449
Percentage 7.8% 4.3% 3.5%

  Seventh party
 
Leader ?
Party Schleswig
Last election 0 seats, 0.4
Seats won 1
Seat change 1
Popular vote 9,721
Percentage 0.5%

Prime Minister before election

Erik Eriksen
Venstre

Prime Minister-elect

Hans Hedtoft
Social Democrats

General elections were held in Denmark on 22 September 1953,[1] the first under the new constitution. The Social Democratic Party remained the largest in the Folketing, with 74 of the 179 seats. Voter turnout was 80.6% in Denmark proper and 68.6% in Greenland.[2]

Results

Denmark

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party894,91341.374+13
Venstre499,65623.142+9
Conservative People's Party364,96016.830+4
Danish Social Liberal Party169,2957.814+1
Communist Party of Denmark93,8244.38+1
Justice Party of Denmark75,4493.56–3
Independent Party58,5732.70New
Schleswig Party9,7210.51+1
Invalid/blank votes5,645
Total2,172,036100175+26
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
A
41.31%
D
23.06%
C
16.85%
B
7.81%
K
4.33%
E
3.48%
U
2.70%
Others
0.45%

Faroe Islands

Only two candidates ran in the two-seat Faroes constituency, one from the Union Party and one from the Social Democratic Party. Both were re-elected unopposed.[2]

Greenland

Party Votes % Seats
Independents6,1831002
Invalid/blank votes232
Total6,4151002
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References

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