Danish Folketing election, 1953

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Danish Folketing election, 1953
Denmark
← 1950 21 April 1953 1953 →

All 151 seats to the Folketing
76 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 80.8%
  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 59 seats, 39.6% 32 seats, 21.3% 27 seats, 17.8%
Seats won 61 33 26
Seat change Increase2 Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 836,507 456,896 358,509
Percentage 40.4% 22.1% 17.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Aksel Larsen c 1959.jpg
Leader Jørgen Jørgensen Oluf Pedersen Aksel Larsen
Party Social Liberals Justice Communists
Last election 12 seats, 8.2% 12 seats, 8.2% 7 seats, 4.6%
Seats won 13 9 7
Seat change Increase1 Decrease3 Steady0
Popular vote 178,942 116,288 98,940
Percentage 8.6% 5.6% 4.8%

Prime Minister before election

Erik Eriksen
Venstre

Prime Minister-elect

Erik Eriksen
Venstre

Folketing elections were held alongside Landsting elections in Denmark on 21 April 1953,[1] except in the Faroe Islands where they were held on 7 May. The Social Democratic Party remained the largest in the Folketing, with 61 of the 151 seats. Voter turnout was 80.8% in Denmark proper but just 20% in the Faroes.[2]

They were the last elections under the bicameral system, as the Landsting was abolished later in the year.

Results[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 836,507 40.4 61 +2
Venstre 456,896 22.1 33 +1
Conservative People's Party 358,509 17.3 26 –1
Danish Social Liberal Party 178,942 8.6 13 +1
Justice Party of Denmark 116,288 5.6 9 –3
Communist Party of Denmark 98,940 4.8 7 0
Danish Unity 16,383 0.8 0 New
Schleswig Party 8,438 0.4 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 6,712
Total 2,077,615 100 149 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
A
  
40.39%
D
  
22.06%
C
  
17.31%
B
  
8.64%
E
  
5.62%
K
  
4.78%
R
  
0.79%
Others
  
0.41%

Faroe Islands[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Union Party 1,515 45.0 1 0
Social Democratic Party 1,501 44.6 1 0
Self-Government Party 351 10.4 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 36
Total 3,403 100 2 0
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. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p541