Social Democratic Party (Faroe Islands)

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Social Democratic Party
Leader Aksel V. Johannesen
Founded 25 September 1925
Headquarters Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Youth wing Socialist Youth
Ideology Social democracy[1]
Union with Denmark[1]
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
Nordic affiliation SAMAK
Colours Brown, White
Løgting
5 / 33
Folketing
(Faroe seats)
1 / 2
Website
http://www.j.fo/
Politics of the Faroe Islands
Political parties
Elections

The Social Democratic Party (Faroese: Javnaðarflokkurin, lit. Equality Party) is a social-democratic[2] political party in the Faroe Islands, led by Aksel V. Johannesen. At the legislative elections, 29 October 2011, the party won 17.8% of the popular vote and 6 out of 32 seats.

At the legislative elections of 19 January 2008, the party won 19.3% of the popular vote and 6 out of 32 seats.[3]

At the legislative elections of 20 January 2004, the party won 21.8% of the popular vote and 7 out of 33 seats.

The party wants to maintain the link of the Faroe Islands with Denmark, but is not as adamant about it as the Union Party.

Its youth organization Sosialistiskt Ungmannafelag was founded in 1965.[4]

Party leaders[edit]

Current members of the Løgting[edit]

  • Former member of the Social Democratic Party, Mr. Gerhard Lognberg was elected for the Social Democratic Party at the Faroese general election, 2011, but after several occasions of disagreements between Mr. Lognberg and the leader of the party, especially about the plans about a subsea tunnel between his island Sandoy and the mainarea of the Faroes, Mr. Lognberg was exclude from the party and is currently since November 2013 an independent member of the Løgting.[5]

History of Javnaðarflokkurin in the Faroese general elections[edit]

Faroese general elections 1928–2011
Year Votes Members
# %
1928 10,6
2 / 23
1932 10,5
2 / 21
1936 24,0
6 / 24
1940 23,9
6 / 24
1943 1 919 19,9
5 / 25
1945 22,8
6 / 23
1946
4 / 20
1950 22,4
6 / 25
1954 19,8
5 / 27
1958 25,8
8 / 30
1962 27,5
8 / 29
1966 27,0
7 / 26
1970 27,2
7 / 26
1974 5 125 25,8
7 / 26
1978 5 062 22,3
8 / 32
1980 5 043 21,7
8 / 32
1984 5 879 23,4
8 / 32
1988 6 233 21,6
7 / 32
1990 7 805 27,5
10 / 32
1994 3 918 15,4
5 / 32
1998 6 063 21,9
7 / 32
2002 6 378 20,9
7 / 32
2004 6 921 21,8
7 / 32
2008 6 016 19,3
6 / 33
2011 5 417 17,7
6 / 33

2011[edit]

In the 2011 election for the Folketing, the party improved its vote to 21.0% of the Faroese vote, and took one of the two Faroese seats in the Folketing previously held by Republic. They supported the "Red Bloc" led by the Danish Social Democrats. The politician who was elected and now represents the Social Democratic Party in the Folketing is Sjúrður Skaale; he got 1539 personal votes.[6]

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