Danish general election, 1998

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Danish general election, 1998
Denmark
1994 ←
11 March 1998
→ 2001

All 179 seats to the Folketing
90 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Pnr.jpg Uffe Ellemann-Jensen.jpg
Leader Poul Nyrup Rasmussen Uffe Ellemann-Jensen
Party Social Democrats Venstre
Last election 62 seats, 34.6% 42 seats, 23.3%
Seats won 63 42
Seat change +1 -
Popular vote 1,223,620 817,894
Percentage 35.9% 24.0%

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] The Social Democratic Party-led government of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen remained in power in a very close vote that required several recounts. The right-wing parties led by Venstre had been expected to win. Venstre leader Uffe Ellemann-Jensen resigned as party leaders a few days after the election. The Danish People's Party made its debut very successfully in this election, replacing the Progress Party to some extent. Voter turnout was 85.9% in Denmark proper, 66.1% in the Faroe Islands and 63.2% in Greenland.[2]

Results[edit]

Denmark
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 1,223,620 35.9 63 +1
Venstre 817,894 24.0 42 ±0
Conservative People's Party 303,965 8.9 16 –11
Socialist People's Party 257,406 7.6 13 ±0
Danish People's Party 252,429 7.4 13 New
Centre Democrats 146,802 4.3 8 +3
Danish Social Liberal Party 131,254 3.9 7 –1
Red-Green Alliance 91,933 2.7 5 –1
Christian People's Party 85,656 2.5 4 +4
Progress Party 82,437 2.4 4 –7
Democratic Renewal 10,768 0.3 0 New
Independents 1,833 0.1 0 –1
Invalid/blank votes 25,929
Total 3,431,926 100 175 0
Faroe Islands
People's Party 5,569 26.9 1 ±0
Social Democratic Party 4,689 22.7 1 +1
Union Party 4,510 21.8 0 –1
Republican Party 4,325 20.9 0 ±0
Self-Government Party 1,603 7.7 0 ±0
Invalid/blank votes 146
Total 20,842 100 2 0
Greenland
Siumut 8,502 36.5 1 New
Solidarity 8,404 36.1 1 ±0
Inuit Ataqatigiit 4,988 21.4 0 New
Centre Party 99 0.4 0 ±0
Independents 1,293 5.6 0 –1
Invalid/blank votes 891
Total 24,117 100 2 0
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[edit]

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