Socialist People's Party (Denmark)

The Socialistisk Folkeparti (SF, for Danish Socialist People's Party ) is a left- green political party in Denmark.

The SF stands to the left of the Danish Social Democrats and roughly corresponds to the left wing of the German party Alliance 90/The Greens. The SF occurs consciously as a red- green party and sits on the European Parliament in the green fraction and decided on 2 March 2014 to join the European Green Party as a full member.


The result is the Socialistisk Folkeparti 1959 from the Communist Party of Denmark. The majority of Danish Communists under her long-time party leader Aksel Larsen then condemned the policy of the Soviet Union, including the invasion of 1956 in the de jure independent Hungary. The SF pursued a Euro -communist third way to socialism.

The socialist programmatic was supplemented in the 1980s by environmental goals. The party is committed to parliamentary democracy and is split into questions of support for the European Union. However, the SF is set under its new leader Villy Søvndal the EU towards more positive.

In the parliamentary elections of 2007, the SF was 13.0 percent and 23 seats fourth strongest force. In the following years the party was able to triple its membership to around 18,000 ( 2011). The SF examined the solid working relationship with the Social Democrats and worked with them a common choice program that would serve as a basis for forming a government. The 2011 general election ended rather disappointing 9.2 percent share of the vote ( down 3.8 percentage points), but brought the party for the first time a government involvement a.

In 2011 appeared manual extremism in the EU countries, the categorized examines the concept of publisher Eckhard Jesse both left-and right-wing extremist parties and that SF is " ( if at all) soft left -wing actor " called.

For years Beginnn 2014, the intra-party conflicts between programmtreuem wings and realpolitik -oriented advocates of the coalition government came to a head. The occasion was the planned sale of the energy company Dong Energy at the U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs as acting parliamentary leader Karina Lorentzen, the spokeswoman Lisbeth Bech Poulsen and deputy party chairman Peter Westermann resigned in protest against the government plans. On January 30, 2014 broke the coalition, Annette Vilhelmsen resigned the party chairmanship, and the ministers of the SF resigned from the Cabinet of Helle Thorning- Schmidt ( S) from.

Party chairman

In the SF the party leader always held the two central positions of Chairman and the political speaker. This arrangement lasted until 2011, when Villy Søvndal - be the first Socialist Boss Ever - minister and therefore resigned from the speaker posts. The group's presidency has been since Aksel Larsen's resignation in 1968 always separated from the party chairmanship. Since then, each new chairman had made ​​a fight candidacy. He was elected by the Congress, except in 2005 and 2012, as a membership referendum was conducted. Pia Olsen Dyhr came without election to the office because no opposition candidates competed.

  • Aksel Larsen, 1959-1968
  • Sigurd Homann, 1968-1974
  • Gert Petersen, 1974-1991
  • Holger K. Nielsen, 1991-2005
  • Villy Søvndal, 2005-2012
  • Annette Vilhelmsen, 2012-2014
  • Pia Olsen Dyhr, since 2014

Group leaders

  • Aksel Larsen, 1960-1968
  • Morten Lange, 1968-1976
  • Sigurd Homann, 1976-1977
  • Ebba Strange, 1977-1991
  • Steen Gade, 1991-1997
  • Jes Lunde, 1997-2001
  • Aage Frandsen, 2001-2005
  • Pernille Vigsø Bagge, 2011-2012
  • Anne Baastrup, 2012-2013

Group in the Folketing

In the general election of 2011, the SF won 16 seats in the Folketing. Currently (deadline February 4, 2014 ) includes the Group 12 Members:

  • Eigil Andersen
  • Pernille Vigsø Bagge
  • Anne Baastrup
  • Özlem Sara Cekic
  • Jonas Dahl
  • Karina Lorentzen Dehnhardt
  • Pia Olsen Dyhr
  • Steen Gade
  • Trine Pertou Mach
  • Holger K. Nielsen
  • Lisbeth Bech Poulsen
  • Annette Vilhelmsen


The SF was able to win a seat in all elections to the European Parliament. During the second term of another seat, she was assigned as Greenland left the European Community on 1 January 1985. Since the 2009 European elections, the SF had two seats in the European Parliament .. After the deputies Emilie Turunen is converted in March 2013 to the Social Democrats, now represents only Margrete Auken, the party in Brussels and Strasbourg.