Danish parliamentary election, 1998

Danish parliamentary election, 1998
Denmark
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11 March 1998
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All 179 seats to the Folketing
90 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Uffe Ellemann-Jensen.jpg
Leader Poul Nyrup Rasmussen Uffe Ellemann-Jensen
Party Social Democrats Venstre
Last election 62 seats, 34.6% 42 seats, 23.3%
Seats won 63 42
Seat change +1 -
Popular vote 1,223,620 817,894
Percentage 35.9% 24.0%

Prime Minister before election

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Social Democrats

PM-elect

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Social Democrats

The Danish Parliamentary Election of 1998 was held on 11 March 1998. The Social Democrat government of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen remained in power in a very close vote that required several recounts. The right-wing parties led by the Liberal Venstre had been expected to win. Venstre leader Uffe Ellemann-Jensen resigned his leadership of the party a few days after the election. The Danish People's Party made its debut very successfully in this election, replacing the Progress Party to some extent.

Party Leader Total votes Percentage of ballots cast Seats won Gain/Loss
Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokratiet) (A) Poul Nyrup Rasmussen 1,223,620 35.9 63 +1
Venstre (Liberals) (V) Uffe Ellemann-Jensen 817,894 24.0 42 -
Conservative People's Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti) (C) Per Stig Møller 303,665 8.9 16 -11
Socialist People's Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti) (F) Holger K. Nielsen 257,406 7.6 13 -
Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti) (O) Pia Kjærsgaard 252,429 7.4 13 new
Centre Democrats (Centrum-Demokraterne) (D) Mimi Jakobsen 146,802 4.3 8 +3
Danish Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre) (B) Marianne Jelved 131,254 3.9 7 -1
Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) (Ø) None 91,933 2.7 5 -1
Christian Democrats (Kristeligt Folkeparti) (Q) Jann Sjursen 85,656 2.5 4 +4
Progress Party (Fremskridtspartiet) (Z) Aage Brusgaard 82,437 2.4 4 -7
New Democracy (Demokratisk Fornyelse) (U) Christian Bundgaard 10,768 0.3 0 -
Other Parties Inapplicable 1.833 0 0 -
Voter turnout 86.0%
Source Folketinget.dk



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