Venstre makes gains in local elections


The main national opposition party, Venstre (Liberal Party of Denmark), led by Lars Løkke Rasmussen made major gains in local elections held on Tuesday. The elections were for 2,468 seats in 98 municipalities including the mayoral posts and 205 seats in five regional councils.

Venstre increased its portion of the vote from 24.7% in 2009 to 26.6% this year and took 46 of the 98 mayoral posts, up from 31 in 2009.

Meanwhile the Social Democrats led by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt dropped from 49 mayoral posts to 34 and took 29.5% of the vote, down from 30.7% in 2009.

In the five regional councils the Social Democrats held on to three regions whilst Venstre took the other two.

The Socialist People’s Party (SF), a member of Thorning-Schmidt’s coalition government dropped from 14.5% in 2009 to just 5.6% and was the biggest loser in the municipal elections.

There were 10,069 candidates standing in the election and turnout was 71.9%, up from 65.8% in 2009.

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