Danish general election, 1998

Danish general election, 1998

11 March 1998

All 179 seats to the Folketing
90 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 85.6%

  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Poul Nyrup Rasmussen Uffe Ellemann-Jensen Per Stig Møller
Party Social Democrats Venstre Conservative People's
Last election 62 seats, 34.6% 42 seats, 23.3% 27 seats, 15.0%
Seats won 63 42 16
Seat change 1 11
Popular vote 1,223,620 817,894 303.665
Percentage 35.9% 24.0% 9.1%
Swing 1.3% 0.7% 5.9%

Prime Minister before election

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Social Democrats

PM-elect

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Social Democrats

General elections were held in Denmark on 11 March 1998.[1] Although the centre-right parties led by Venstre had been expected to win, the Social Democratic Party-led government of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen remained in power in a very close vote that required several recounts.

Venstre leader Uffe Ellemann-Jensen resigned as party leaders a few days after the election. The new Danish People's Party made a successful electoral debut. Voter turnout was 85.9% in Denmark proper, 66.1% in the Faroe Islands and 63.2% in Greenland.[2]

Results

Denmark proper
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party1,223,62035.963+1
Venstre817,89424.042±0
Conservative People's Party303,9658.916–11
Socialist People's Party257,4067.613±0
Danish People's Party252,4297.413New
Centre Democrats146,8024.38+3
Danish Social Liberal Party131,2543.97–1
Red-Green Alliance91,9332.75–1
Christian People's Party85,6562.54+4
Progress Party82,4372.44–7
Democratic Renewal10,7680.30New
Independents1,8330.10–1
Invalid/blank votes25,929
Total3,431,9261001750
Faroe Islands
People's Party5,56926.91±0
Social Democratic Party4,68922.71+1
Union Party4,51021.80–1
Republican Party4,32520.90±0
Self-Government Party1,6037.70±0
Invalid/blank votes146
Total20,84210020
Greenland
Siumut8,50236.51New
Atassut8,40436.11±0
Inuit Ataqatigiit4,98821.40New
Centre Party990.40±0
Independents1,2935.60–1
Invalid/blank votes891
Total24,11710020
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
A
35.93%
V
24.01%
C
8.92%
F
7.56%
O
7.41%
D
4.31%
B
3.85%
Ø
2.70%
Q
2.51%
Z
2.42%
Others
0.37%

References

  1. Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p525 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p549
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