Denmark

European Parliament Elections

Electoral system

Denmark elects 13 representatives to the European Parliament. The electoral system is based on proportional representation. Denmark comprises one electoral district. The d'Hondt formula is used and there is no legal threshold of representation. The party lists are closed but non-blocked. Hence, voters are provided with the opportunity of overruling the party ranking of candidates. Greenland and the Faroe Islands are not part of the EU and do therefore not participate in the EP elections.

Latest election

The last elections to the European Parliament took place on 7 June 2009. The opposition Social Democrats (SD) came top with 21.49 percent, but saw their share of the vote drop by 8 percentage points compared to the 2004 election and consequently lost a seat (down from five). The governing Danish Liberal Party (V) held onto its three seats after winning 20.24 percent. The Socialist People's Party (SF) came third with 15.87 percent (winning two seats), followed by the Danish People's Party (DF) with 15.28 percent (two seats). The Conservative People's Party (K) and the People's Movement against the EU (FmEU) won one seat each. Turnout was 59.54 percent, up from 49.17 percent in the last election.

Election results 2009, main parties. Districts (Storkreds)

Sources:

Stöver, Philip, and Andreas Wüst. 2005. Electoral Systems.

The Electoral Reform Society, European Democracies website

The Danish Parliament website on the Danish Electoral system

Ministry of the Interior: Election Results.