Socialist People’s Party

Published 28th August, 2011

The Socialist People’s Party or SF (Party letter – F) was founded in 1958 by a dissident group from the Communist Party of Denmark. The party describes its ideology as eco-socialism. They describe themselves as a green and Marxist-socialist political party.

In its first elections in 1960 the party won 11 seats, fell back in 1964 with ten seats and then took 20 seats in the 1966 elections. That was their greatest achievement until 1981, although they did give support to the Socials Democrat governments during the 1970s.

By 1981 they had built their number of seats back up to 21 and peaked in 1987 with 27 seats. Since then they have been in gradual decline, taking 24 seats in 1988, 15 in 1990, 13 in 1994 and 1998, then 12 in 2001, 11 in 2005 and back to 12 in 2007.

The SF were part of the successful 2000 campaign to stop Denmark joining the Euro.

The SF are an observer party to the Global Greens, the Nordic Green Left Alliance and the European Green Party. They have two of the 13 national seats in the European Parliament and are members of the European Greens – European Free Alliance faction.

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