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The Danish Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne)


Name in Danish
Name in English
The Social Democrats
Party Leader
Mette Frederiksen
Seats in Parliament
46 of 179 seats
37.515 (2015)
Representatives on the DIPD Board
First Deputy Chairman Mette Gjerskov
and Marie Borum Pedersen

The oldest social democratic party in Denmark (formed in 1871), the Danish Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) is historically rooted among urban industrial workers. Traditionally, the party had strong bonds to the labor unions, but in recent decades, this relationship has become less institutionalized than it used to be.

Today, the Social Democrats emphasize the continued importance of maintaining the core elements of the welfare state the party helped build, and the important role of the state in achieving growth. From 2011-2015, the Social Democrats lead a government coalition with the Social-Liberal Party  (Radikale Venstre). Following the election in 2015, the Danish Social Democrats are the largest party in Parliament.

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Photo: Mette Frederiksen, leader of the Social Democrats. Flickr/Socialdemokratiet

DIPD Partnerships

The Social Democrats have been in a partnership with the Egyptian Observatory for Training and Consultancy since 2015. In collaboration with the Observatory, SDP will support the training of party members in policy development and political leadership. Being one of the oldest parties in the Danish parliament, SDP has almost 150 years of experience in organizing political activists and creating coherent policies. At the same time, the aforementioned focus address some of the key challenges of most Egyptian parties today.

The Social Democrats and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Ghana have been in a partnership since 2012. Through a strengthening of NDC’s capacity at both local and national level, the current project, which will run until the middle of 2017, seeks to contribute to the deepening of Ghana’s democracy by strengthening NDC’s social democratic profile and the understanding of its political and organizational implications amongst NDC’s members and the public.


The Social Democrats and the Swazi Democratic Party (SWADEPA) in Swaziland have been collaborating through a partnership since 2012.  The current project, which will run until the middle of 2017, aims to strengthen SWADEPA and to raise the population’s overall political awareness, thereby enhancing the prospects for introduction of multiparty democracy in the country.

More information

Contact International Consultant for the Danish Social Democrats, Iben Merild, International Consultant at SDP:

Visit the homepage of The Danish Social Democrats.