Danish Social Liberal Party

Published 28th August, 2011

The Danish Social Liberal Party or Radical Liberal Party or RVB (Party letter – B) was founded in 1905 as a left wing splinter group from Venstre. They describe their ideology as social liberalism and as being centre left.

Their first success was to form, albeit briefly, a government between 28th October 1909 and 5th July 1910. Then they led a coalition of parties between 1913 and 1920 with the Social Democrats. Again in 1929 they joined with the Social Democrats in a government that lasted until 1940.

They were part of the national unity government during World War 2 and went on to work closely with the Social Democrats in four governments from 1957 until 1964 and again from 1968 to 1971. After that their fortunes waned , falling to just six seats in 1977.

In 1988 they were part of the Venstre and Conservative People’s Party coalition until 1990. Then again in 1993 to 2001 but as a junior partner with less than ten seats in each election, but this time with the Social Democrats as the major partner.

They managed a bit of a revival in 2005 when they took 17 seats, but dropped back to nine seats in 2007 following some internal differences.

The Danish Social Liberal Party are members of Liberal International and the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party. They have no representation in the European Parliament.

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