Faroese independence referendum, 1946

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An independence referendum was held in the Faroe Islands on 14 September 1946.

Results[edit]

Faroese independence referendum, 1946
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 5,660 50.73
No 5,499 49.27
Valid votes 11,159 95.87
Invalid or blank votes 481 4.13
Total votes 11,640 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 17,216 67.52
Source: Direct Democracy

Results by Island[edit]

Island Continued union with Denmark Secession from Denmark Invalid votes Total Vote Turnout
Norðoyar 398 28.1% 954 67.3% 65 4.6% 1,417 2,220 63.8%
Eysturoy 1,372 54.4% 1,051 41.6% 101 4.0% 2,524 3,854 65.5%
Norðurstreymoy 544 45.2% 621 51.6% 38 3.2% 1,203 1,679 71.6%
Vágar 434 40.0% 616 56.7% 36 3.3% 1,086 1,485 73.1%
Suðurstreymoy 673 31.7% 1,309 61.7% 138 6.5% 2,120 3,323 63.8%
Sandoy 286 36.5% 465 59.4% 32 4.1% 783 1,053 74.4%
Suðuroy 1,783 71.6% 640 25.7% 68 2.7% 2,491 3,602 69,2%
Total 5,490 47.2% 5,656 48.7% 478 4.1% 11,624 17,216 67.5%
Results by island:
  For Union
  For Secession

Post-referendum[edit]

The result was 50.73% in favor to 49.27% against.[1] The Faroe Islands subsequently declared independence on 18 September 1946; however, this declaration was annulled by Denmark on 20 September on the grounds that a majority of the Faroese voters had not supported independence and King Christian X of Denmark dissolved the Faroese Løgting on 24 September.[2][3] The dissolution of the Løgting was on 8 November followed by the Faroese parliamentary election of 1946 in which the parties in favour of full independence received a total of 5,396 votes while the parties against received a total of 7,488 votes.[4] As a reaction to the growing self-government and independence movements, Denmark finally granted the Faroe Islands home-rule on 30 March 1948.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faroe Islands, 14 September 1946: Status Direct Democracy (in German)
  2. ^ a b Faeroe Islands World Statesman
  3. ^ Steining, Jørgen (1953). "Rigsdagen og Færøerne". In Bomholt, Jul.; Fabricius, Knud; Hjelholt, Holger; Mackeprang, M.; Møller Andr. (eds.). Den danske rigsdag 1849-1949 bind VI (in Danish). Copenhagen: J. H. Schultz Forlag. p. 187. 
  4. ^ Steining, p. 188.