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The Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre)


Name in Danish
Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti
Name in English
Liberal Party of Denmark
Party Leader
Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister 2009-2011
Seats in Parliament
47 of 179 seats
43.835 (2012)
Representatives on the DIPD Board
Chairman Henrik Bach Mortensen,
Second Deputy Chairman Karsten Lauritzen.
and Morten Dahlin.

One of the oldest parties in Denmark, the Liberal Party of Denmark (Venstre) is rooted in the liberal tradition emphasizing individual freedom, free markets and liberalization of business. The party is currently in an one-party minority government, following 4 years in opposition and is the third largest party in parliament. The party has through DIPD  partnerships with the Centre for Multiparty Democracy in Kenya, the National Restoration Party in Zambia and Free Egyptians in Egypt.

Party Leader and former Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen

Photo: Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Party Leader and former Prime Minister. Venstre

DIPD Partnerships

In 2010, the Liberal Party established an independent organisation, Danish Liberal Democracy Programme (DLDP). DLDP aims at contributing to strengthening of sister parties and multiparty democracy in developing countries within the framework of the DIPD.

To contribute to multiparty democracy in Kenya, DLDP has joined forces with the Centre for Multiparty Democracy–Kenya (CMD-K). The first project was launched in November 2011 and will run until March 2013. In December 2012, the Board of DIPD approved to extend the collaboration until the end of 2013. For both project periods, the collaboration focuses on two issues of key importance to political life in Kenya: youth in politics and political party communication.


To support multiparty democracy in Zambia, DLDP is partnering with the small opposition party, the National Restoration Party (NAREP). The project seeks to support the capacity of NAREP through assisting the party in establishing well-functioning internal procedures as well as supporting the development of strategic plans and actions plans. The collaboration was approved by the DIPD Board in December 2012 and will run until the end of 2013.

More information

Contact Program Manager for the Danish Liberal Democracy Programme, Bent Nicolajsen at

Visit the homepage of The Danish Liberal Democracy Programme.

Visit the homepage of The Liberal Party of Denmark.