Danish general election, 1953

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Danish general election, 1953
Denmark
1953 (Apr) ←
22 September 1953 → 1957

All 179 seats to the Folketing
90 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Hans hedtoft.jpg Erik Eriksen.jpg Blank.png
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 Increase13 Increase9 Increase4
Popular vote 894,913 499,656 364,960
Percentage 41.3% 23.1% 16.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Aksel Larsen c 1959.jpg
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 Increase1 Increase1 Decrease3
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 Increase1
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[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 894,913 41.3 74 +13
Venstre 499,656 23.1 42 +9
Conservative People's Party 364,960 16.8 30 +4
Danish Social Liberal Party 169,295 7.8 14 +1
Communist Party of Denmark 93,824 4.3 8 +1
Justice Party of Denmark 75,449 3.5 6 –3
Independent Party 58,573 2.7 0 New
Schleswig Party 9,721 0.5 1 +1
Invalid/blank votes 5,645
Total 2,172,036 100 175 +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[edit]

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[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Independents 6,183 100 2
Invalid/blank votes 232
Total 6,415 100 2
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. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p541