Danish Folketing election, 1947

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Danish Folketing election, 1947
Denmark
1945 ←
28 October 1947 → 1950

All 150 seats to the Folketing
76 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Hans hedtoft.jpg Blank.png Blank.png
Leader Hans Hedtoft Knud Kristensen Ole Bjørn Kraft
Party Social Democrats Venstre Conservative People's
Last election 48 seats, 32.8% 38 seats, 23.4% 26 seats, 18.2%
Seats won 57 49 17
Seat change Increase9 Increase11 Decrease9
Popular vote 834,089 574,895 259,324
Percentage 40.0% 27.6% 12.4%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
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Leader Jørgen Jørgensen Aksel Larsen Oluf Pedersen
Party Social Liberals Communists Justice
Last election 11 seats, 8.4% 18 seats, 12.5% 3 seats, 1.9%
Seats won 10 9 6
Seat change Decrease1 Decrease9 Increase3
Popular vote 144,206 141,094 94,570
Percentage 6.9% 6.8% 4.5%

Prime Minister before election

Knud Kristensen
Venstre

Prime Minister-elect

Hans Hedtoft
Social Democrats

Folketing elections were held in Denmark on 28 October 1947,[1] except in the Faroe Islands where they were held on 18 February 1948. The Social Democratic Party remained the largest in the Folketing, with 57 of the 150 seats. Voter turnout was 85.8% in Denmark proper and 60.1% in the Faroes.[2]

Electoral system changes[edit]

Following legislation in December 1947 the representation of the Faroe Islands constituency was increased from one seat to two.[3] The two seats were elected using proportional representation with the D'Hondt method.[3]

Results[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 834,089 40.0 57 +9
Venstre 529,066 25.4 46 +8
Conservative People's Party 259,324 12.4 17 –9
Danish Social Liberal Party 144,206 6.9 10 –1
Communist Party of Denmark 141,094 6.8 9 –9
Justice Party of Denmark 94,570 4.5 6 +3
Capital Venstre[a] 45,829 2.2 3 New
Danish Unity 24,724 1.2 0 –4
Schleswig Party 7,464 0.4 0 New
Independents 3,775 0.2 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 4,874
Total 2,089,015 100 148 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

a The Copenhagen branch of Venstre ran as a separate party in order to exploit the electoral law and was able to win compensatory seats. Following the election the other parties grouped together to push for changes to the system which were passed in 1948.[4]

Popular vote
A
  
40.02%
D
  
27.58%
C
  
12.44%
B
  
6.92%
K
  
6.77%
E
  
4.54%
R
  
1.19%
Others
  
0.54%

Faroe Islands[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
People's Party 4,135 42.7 1 0
Union Party 2,754 28.4 1 +1
Social Democratic Party 1,990 20.5 0 0
Self-Government Party 809 8.4 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 34
Total 9,722 100 2 +1
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, p540
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p541
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p506