Faroese general election, 2011

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Faroese general election, 2011
Faroe Islands
2008 ←
29 October 2011 → 2015

All 33 seats in the Løgting
17 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  KajLeoJohannesen crop.jpg Jorgen Niclasen (2).jpg Hogni hoydal.jpg
Leader Kaj Leo Johannesen Jørgen Niclasen Hogni Hoydal
Party Union People's Republic
Last election 7 seats, 21.0% 7 seats, 20.1% 8 seats, 23.3%
Seats won 8 8 6
Seat change Increase 1 Increase1 Decrease2
Popular vote 7,546 6,883 5,589
Percentage 24.7% 22.5% 18.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Aksel V Johannesen 2012.jpg Jenis av Rana 1.PNG
Leader Aksel V. Johannesen Poul Michelsen Jenis av Rana
Party Social Democratic Progress Centre
Last election 6 seats, 19.3% New 3 seats, 8.4%
Seats won 6 2 2
Seat change Steady0 Increase2 Decrease1
Popular vote 5,428 1,933 1,883
Percentage 17.8% 6.3% 6.2%

  Seventh party
  Kari P Hojgaard.jpg
Leader Kári P. Højgaard
Party Self-Government
Last election 2 seats, 7.2%
Seats won 1
Seat change Decrease1
Popular vote 1,290
Percentage 4.2%

Prime Minister before election

Kaj Leo Johannesen

Prime Minister-designate

Kaj Leo Johannesen

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Early parliamentary elections were held in the Faroe Islands on 29 October 2011.[1] Faroese law states that new elections must be held at least once every four years; however, either the Prime Minister (Løgmaður) or a majority of the members of the Faroese Parliament (the Løgting) may call an election before the end of this period. The previous elections having been held on 20 January 2008, the latest date on which the next elections could have been held was 19 January 2012. However, the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Kaj Leo Johannesen, announced on 27 September 2011 that elections would be held on 29 October 2011. He gave no particular reason for his decision.[2]

Parliamentary elections must be held no earlier than four weeks and no later than five weeks after the announcement has been made.[3]


The centre-right parties gained significantly, with both the pro-union Union Party and pro-independence People's Party gaining a seat each, while the new Progress movement (classical liberal) – formed seven months earlier as a breakaway from the People's Party – entered the Løgting with two seats.[4] The left-wing and centrist parties all lost ground in consequence.[5]

e • d Summary of the results of the election to the Faroese Løgting
held on 29 October 2011
Parties Votes % Seats
Union Party (Sambandsflokkurin) 7,546 24.7 8
People's Party (Fólkaflokkurin) 6,883 22.5 8
Republic (Tjóðveldi) 5,589 18.3 6
Social Democratic Party (Javnaðarflokkurin) 5,428 17.8 6
Progress (Framsókn) 1,933 6.3 2
Centre Party (Miðflokkurin) 1,883 6.2 2
Self-Government Party (Sjálvstýrisflokkurin) 1,290 4.2 1
Totals (electorate 35,447 : turnout 86.6% ) 30,552 100.0 33
Source: logting.elektron.fo (turnout includes invalid votes; other figures exclude invalid votes)

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