Danish Folketing election, September 1920

Danish Folketing election, September 1920
21 September 1920

All 149 seats to the Folketing
75 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Niels Neergaard Thorvald Stauning Emil Piper
Party Venstre Social Democrats Conservative People's
Last election 51 seats, 36.1% 42 seats, 29.9% 26 seats, 18.9%
Seats won 51 48 27
Seat change Steady0 Increase6 Increase1
Popular vote 411,661 389,653 216,733
Percentage 34.0% 32.2% 17.9%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Carl Theodor Zahle ? ?
Party Social Liberals Industry Schleswig
Last election 16 seats, 11.5% 4 seats, 2.7% New
Seats won 18 3 1
Seat change Increase2 Decrease1 Increase1
Popular vote 147,120 27,403 7,505
Percentage 12.1% 2.3% 0.6%

Prime Minister before election

Niels Neergaard

Elected Prime Minister

Niels Neergaard

Folketing elections were held in Denmark on 21 September 1920,[1] except in the Faroe Islands, where they were held on 30 October. They were the first in which South Jutland County participated since the Schleswig Plebiscites and the return to Danish rule, and the total number of seats in the Folketing was increased from 140 to 149. The result was a victory for Venstre, which won 51 of the 149 seats. Voter turnout was 77.0% in Denmark proper and 56.2% in the Faroe Islands.[2]



Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party389,65332.248+6
Conservative People's Party216,73317.927+1
Danish Social Liberal Party147,12012.118+2
Industry Party27,4032.33–1
Schleswig Party7,5050.61New
Free Social Democrats6,4600.50New
Danish Left Socialist Party5,1600.40New
Invalid/blank votes2,673
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Faroe Islands

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Venstre-Union Party3,24363.610
Invalid/blank votes11
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p524 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p538

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