Danish Folketing election, 1939

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Danish Folketing election, 1939
Denmark
1935 ←
3 April 1939 → 1943

All 149 seats to the Folketing
75 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Stauning i1920-erne.jpg MadsenMygdal.jpg Christmas Moller.PNG
Leader Thorvald Stauning Thomas Madsen-Mygdal Christmas Møller
Party Social Democrats Venstre Conservative People's
Last election 68 seats, 46.1% 28 seats, 17.8% 26 seats, 17.8%
Seats won 64 30 26
Seat change Decrease4 Increase2 Steady0
Popular vote 729,619 309,355 301,625
Percentage 42.9% 18.2% 17.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Peter Rochegune Munch.jpg Aksel Larsen c 1959.jpg
Leader Peter Rochegune Munch  ? Aksel Larsen
Party Social Liberals Farmers' Communists
Last election 14 seats, 9.2% 5 seats, 3.2% 2 seats, 1.9%
Seats won 14 4 3
Seat change Steady0 Decrease1 Increase1
Popular vote 161,834 50,829 40,893
Percentage 9.5% 3.0% 2.4%

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
  Clausen.PNG
Leader Collective leadership Frits Clausen Arne Sørensen
Party Justice National Socialists Danish Unity
Last election 4 seats, 2.5% 0 seats, 1.0% New
Seats won 3 3 1
Seat change Decrease1 Increase3 Increase1
Popular vote 33,783 31,032 8,553
Percentage 2.0% 1.8% 0.5%

Prime Minister before election

Thorvald Stauning
Social Democrats

Elected Prime Minister

Thorvald Stauning
Social Democrats

Folketing elections were held in Denmark on 3 April 1939,[1] except in the Faroe Islands where they were held on 19 April. They followed a dissolution of both chambers in order to call a referendum on changing the constitution. The referendum was held on 23 May but failed due to a low voter turnout. The result of the elections was a victory for the Social Democratic Party, which won 64 of the 149 seats. Voter turnout was 79.2% in Denmark proper and 47.8% in the Faroes.[2]

Results[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 729,619 42.9 64 –4
Venstre 309,355 18.2 30 +2
Conservative People's Party 301,625 17.8 26 0
Danish Social Liberal Party 161,834 9.5 14 0
Farmers' Party 50,829 3.0 4 –1
Communist Party of Denmark 40,893 2.4 3 +1
Justice Party of Denmark 33,783 2.0 3 –1
National Socialist Workers' Party 31,032 1.8 3 +3
National Cooperation 17,350 1.0 0 New
Schleswig Party 15,016 0.9 0 –1
Danish Unity 8,553 0.5 1 New
Invalid/blank votes 9,667
Total 1,709,556 100 148 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Faroe Islands[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Union Party 2,180 34.7 1 0
Independent 1,849 29.4 0 0
Social Democratic Party 1,353 21.5 0 0
Business Party 588 9.4 0 New
Self-Government Party 314 5.0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 24
Total 6,308 100 1 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p524 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p539