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1994 Danish general election

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1994 Danish general election
Danish Realm
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All 179 seats in the Folketing
90 seats needed for a majority
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Social Democrats Poul Nyrup Rasmussen 34.56 62 −7
Venstre Uffe Ellemann-Jensen 23.30 42 +13
Conservatives Hans Engell 15.02 27 −3
SF Holger K. Nielsen 7.28 13 −2
Progress Pia Kjærsgaard 6.43 11 −1
Social Liberals Marianne Jelved 4.59 8 +1
Red–Green Collective leadership 3.15 6 +6
Centre Democrats Mimi Jakobsen 2.84 5 −4
Independents Jacob Haugaard 0.98 1 +1
Elected in the Faroe Islands
Union Edmund Joensen 22.45 1 +1
People's Anfinn Kallsberg 21.69 1 0
Elected in Greenland
Atassut Daniel Skifte 34.73 1 0
Independents 57.83 1 +1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before PM-elect
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Social Democrats
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Social Democrats

General elections were held in Denmark on 21 September 1994.[1] The coalition of the Social Democratic Party, the Danish Social Liberal Party and the Centre Democrats led by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen remained in power despite the Christian People's Party, which had been part of the government, failing to cross the 2% threshold and losing all four seats. Voter turnout was 84.3% in Denmark proper, 62.3% in the Faroe Islands and 56.7% in Greenland.[2]


The sole elected independent MP in Denmark proper was Jacob Haugaard, who was associated with the Union of Conscientiously Work-Shy Elements. As of 2023, this is the only time an independent candidate has been elected to parliament under the current constitution. The re-election of the prime minister was also notable for being a rare example of Condorcet paradox observed on a country scale, discovered through prior opinion polls.[3][further explanation needed]

Denmark proper
Social Democrats1,150,04834.5662–7
Conservative People's Party499,84515.0227–3
Socialist People's Party242,3987.2813–2
Progress Party214,0576.4311–1
Danish Social Liberal Party152,7014.598+1
Red–Green Alliance104,7013.156+6
Centre Democrats94,4962.845–4
Christian People's Party61,5071.850–4
Valid votes3,327,59799.02
Invalid/blank votes33,0400.98
Total votes3,360,637100.00
Registered voters/turnout3,988,78784.25
Faroe Islands
Union Party4,30422.451+1
People's Party4,15921.6910
Social Democratic Party3,72919.450–1
Workers' Union3,11816.260New
Republican Party1,7989.3800
Christian People's Party4672.4400
Valid votes19,17599.47
Invalid/blank votes1030.53
Total votes19,278100.00
Registered voters/turnout30,94962.29
Centre Party1,6057.430New
Valid votes21,59596.58
Invalid/blank votes7653.42
Total votes22,360100.00
Registered voters/turnout38,11358.67
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p525 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p548
  3. ^ Kurrild-Klitgaard, Peter (2014). "An empirical example of the Condorcet paradox of voting in a large electorate". Public Choice. 107: 135–145. doi:10.1023/A:1010304729545. ISSN 0048-5829. S2CID 152300013.