Faroese general election, 2011

Faroese general election, 2011
Faroe Islands
29 October 2011
Party Leader % Seats ±
Union Kaj Leo Johannesen 24.7% 8 +1
People's Jørgen Niclasen 22.5% 8 +1
Republic Høgni Hoydal 18.3% 6 -2
Social Democratic Aksel V. Johannesen 17.8% 6 0
Progress Poul Michelsen 6.3% 2 New
Centre Jenis av Rana 6.2% 2 -1
Self-Government Kári P. Højgaard 4.2% 1 -1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister
Kaj Leo Johannesen
Kaj Leo Johannesen
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Early general elections were held in the Faroe Islands on 29 October 2011. Faroese law states that new elections must be held at least once every four years; however, either the Prime Minister (Løgmaður) or a majority of the members of the Faroese Parliament (the Løgting) may call an election before the end of this period. The previous elections having been held on 20 January 2008, the latest date on which the next elections could have been held was 19 January 2012. However, the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Kaj Leo Johannesen, announced on 27 September 2011 that elections would be held on 29 October 2011. He gave no particular reason for his decision.[1]

Parliamentary elections must be held no earlier than four weeks and no later than five weeks after the announcement has been made.[2]


The centre-right parties gained significantly, with both the pro-union Union Party and pro-independence People's Party gaining a seat each, while the new Progress movement (classical liberal) – formed seven months earlier as a breakaway from the People's Party – entered the Løgting with two seats.[3] The left-wing and centrist parties all lost ground in consequence.[4]

 Summary of the results of the election to the Faroese Løgting
held on 29 October 2011
Parties Votes % Seats
Union Party (Sambandsflokkurin) 7,546 24.7 8
People's Party (Fólkaflokkurin) 6,883 22.5 8
Republic (Tjóðveldi) 5,589 18.3 6
Social Democratic Party (Javnaðarflokkurin) 5,428 17.8 6
Progress (Framsókn) 1,933 6.3 2
Centre Party (Miðflokkurin) 1,883 6.2 2
Self-Government Party (Sjálvstýrisflokkurin) 1,290 4.2 1
Totals (electorate 35,447 : turnout 86.6% ) 30,552 100.0 33
Source: logting.elektron.fo (turnout includes invalid votes; other figures exclude invalid votes)

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