Denmark: Social Democrat win provides certainty for citizens

Denmark: Social Democrat win provides certainty for citizens

Denmark's Prime Minister and Social Democrats leader Mette Frederiksen addresses supporters on election night, Copenhagen, 1 November 2022. Photo: Martin Sylvest / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP

The Party of European Socialists (PES) congratulates Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and the Danish Social Democrats – a full member party of the PES – on their victory at the general election on Tuesday.

A safe path through uncertain times – Danish voters responded to this message and overwhelmingly backed Social Democrat policies to strengthen the welfare state, protect vulnerable citizens from rising prices, and move forward with an ambitious and fair green transition.

PES President Stefan Löfven said:

“Voters have once again placed their trust in the Social Democrats. I congratulate Mette on the strong result she and her party have achieved.

“In times of crisis, it becomes even more obvious that the answer to our collective challenges are the social democratic ideas of equality, solidarity, and community.

“Europe’s social democratic political family can celebrate that the Nordic model remains safe in Denmark.”

The Social Democrats party attained its best result in 20 years, securing 50 seats in the Folketing, the Danish Parliament, and remaining the biggest political party. The strong result gives Prime Minister Frederiksen a clear mandate to begin negotiations to form the next government.

Building on a strong record in power over the last three years, the Social Democrats ran on a clear progressive platform. The party pledged to strengthen the welfare state – improving healthcare, care for the elderly, and education – and invest in new modern hospitals, and support for hospital workers. Prime Minister Frederiksen presented clear actions to protect citizens from rising prices, with support for pensions, rent assistance, and improved wages for workers, delivered in cooperation with social partners. And Social Democrats pledged to continue to position Denmark at the forefront of an ambitious green transition, which creates growth and jobs, including in a greener agriculture sector.