Social Democratic Party (Faroe Islands)

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Social Democratic Party
Javnaðarflokkurin
Leader Aksel V. Johannesen
Founded 25 September 1925
Headquarters Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Youth wing Socialist Youth
Ideology Social democracy[1]
Danish unionism[1]
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation Social Democrats
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
Nordic affiliation SAMAK
Colours Red
Løgting
8 / 33
Folketing
(Faroe seats)
1 / 2
Website
http://www.j.fo/
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The Social Democratic Party[2] (Faroese: Javnaðarflokkurin, JF; literally the Equality Party) is a social-democratic[3] political party in the Faroe Islands, led by Aksel V. Johannesen. Its youth organization Sosialistiskt Ungmannafelag was founded in 1965.[4]

History[edit]

At the 2004 general election on 20 January 2004, the party won 21.8% of the popular vote and 7 out of 33 seats in the Løgting.

At the 2008 general election on 19 January 2008, the party won 19.3% of the popular vote and 6 out of 32 seats.[5]

In the 2011 election for the Danish 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. The politician who was elected and represented the Social Democratic Party in the Folketing is Sjúrður Skaale, who received 1539 personal votes.[6]

At the 2011 general election on 29 October 2011, the party won 17.8% of the popular vote and 6 out of 32 seats

At the 2015 general election on 1 September 2015, the party received 25.1% of the vote, winning a plurality of 8 seats in the Løgting.

Ideology[edit]

The party wants to maintain the link of the Faroe Islands with Denmark, but is not as adamant about it as the Union Party. In the Danish Folketing, the Social Democratic Party supports the "Red Bloc" led by the Social Democrats of Denmark.

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Party leaders[edit]

Current members of the Løgting[edit]

  • Sonja Jógvansdóttir (elected for Javnaðarflokkurin with 1021 personal votes, but left the party on 16 September 2015)[7]

History of Javnaðarflokkurin in the Faroese general elections[edit]

Faroese general elections 1928–2015
Year Votes Members
# %
1928 671 10,6
2 / 23
1932 825 10,5
2 / 21
1936 1 891 24,0
6 / 24
1940 2 012 23,9
6 / 24
1943 1 919 19,9
5 / 25
1945 3 305 22,8
6 / 23
1946 3 705 28.1
4 / 20
1950 2 605 22,4
6 / 25
1954 2 518 19,8
5 / 27
1958 3 589 25,8
8 / 30
1962 4 161 27,5
8 / 29
1966 4 751 27,0
7 / 26
1970 4 916 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 6 018 19,3
6 / 33
2011 5 428 17,8
6 / 33
2015 8 093 25,1
8 / 33

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