Published 28th August, 2011
The Christian Democrats, also known as the Christian People’s Party from 1970 to 2003, (Party letter – K) were founded in April 1970 as an interdenominational group of Christians opposed to abortion on demand, pornography and more generally the permissive society. They describe their ideology as Christian democracy and as a centrist party.
Their first electoral success came in 1973 when they won seven seats. In 1975 that improved to nine seats but then they started to drop back. In 1981 they won just four seats, but in 1982 joined the Conservative People’s Party (KFP) coalition which included Venstre and the Centre Democrats.
The Christian Democrats left the KFP government after the 1988 election in which they held on to 2% of the vote and four seats. Again, it won four seats in 1990 and in 1993 joined the Social Democrat government, taking two portfolios.
In 1994 the Christian Democrats dropped below the 2% threshold and took no seats, but came back into parliament in 1998 with four seats and 2.5% of the vote. In 2001 they won four seats again, but in 2005 their vote dropped to 1.7% and in 2007 to 0.9% of the vote, insufficient to be awarded any seats.
In 2010 the Christian Democrats were joined by former conservative Per Ørum Jørgensen which gave them one seat in the Folketing.
The Christian Democrats are members of the Centrist Democrat International and the European People’s Party.