Danish general election, 1988

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Danish general election, 1988
Denmark
1987 ←
10 May 1988 → 1990

All 179 seats to the Folketing
90 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Svend-auken.jpg Poul Schluter portrait 2005.jpg
Leader Svend Auken Poul Schlüter
Party Social Democrats Conservative People's
Last election 54 seats, 29.3% 38 seats, 20.8%
Seats won 55 35
Seat change +1 -3
Popular vote 992,682 642,048
Percentage 29.8% 19.3%

Prime Minister before election

Poul Schlüter
Conservative People's

Prime Minister-elect

Poul Schlüter
Conservative People's

General elections were held in Denmark on 10 May 1988,[1] just seven months after the last elections. Prime Minister Poul Schlüter chose to call for an election after the Conservative People's Party-led government fell short of a majority in a foreign policy issue after they failed to come to an agreement with the Social Democrats. In a parliamentary debate Prime Minister Poul Schlüter accused the leader of the Social Democrats, Svend Auken, of breaking a political deal between the two of them, whilst Auken accused Schlüter of lying to the public.

However, the election did not change the balance of power in the Folketing. Common Course failed to cross the 2% percent threshold and lost their four seats. The Centre Democrats and the Christian People's Party left the government (although they continued to support it) and were replaced by the Danish Social Liberal Party. The reason for doing this was that it gave Schlüter a majority in foreign policy issues, which had caused this election. The Centre Democrats and Christian People's Party continued to support the government though.

Voter turnout was 85.7% in Denmark proper, 70.3% in the Faroe Islands and 57.9% in Greenland.[2]

Results[edit]

Denmark
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 992,682 29.8 55 +1
Conservative People's Party 642,048 19.3 35 –3
Socialist People's Party 433,261 13.0 24 –3
Venstre 394,190 11.8 22 +3
Progress Party 298,132 9.0 16 +7
Danish Social Liberal Party 185,707 5.6 10 –1
Centre Democrats 155,464 4.7 9 0
Christian People's Party 68,047 2.0 4 0
Common Course 63,263 1.9 0 –4
De Grønne 44,960 1.4 0 0
Communist Party of Denmark 27,439 0.8 0 0
Left Socialists 20,303 0.6 0 0
Independents 3,633 0.1 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 23,522
Total 3,352,651 100 175 0
Faroe Islands
People's Party 5,655 24.7 1 0
Union Party 5,597 24.4 1 +1
Social Democratic Party 4,861 21.2 0 –1
Republican Party 4,690 20.5 0 0
Self-Government Party 897 3.9 0 0
Christian People's Party 891 3.9 0 0
Progress Party 321 1.4 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 100
Total 23,012 100 2 0
Greenland
Siumut 8,415 40.1 1 0
Solidarity 8,135 38.7 1 0
Inuit Ataqatigiit 3,628 17.3 0 0
Polar Party 821 3.9 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 1,169
Total 22,168 100 2 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
A
  
29.82%
C
  
19.29%
F
  
13.01%
V
  
11.84%
Z
  
8.96%
B
  
5.58%
D
  
4.67%
Q
  
2.04%
P
  
1.90%
G
  
1.35%
K
  
0.82%
Y
  
0.61%
Others
  
0.11%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p. 525 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p547

Further reading[edit]

  • Jespersen, Mary P. S. "A Danish Defence Dilemma: The Election of May 1988," West European Politics (1989) 12#1 pp. 189-195