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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.

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

Facts

Name in Danish
Socialdemokraterne
Name in English
The Social Democrats
Founded
1871
Party Leader
Mette Frederiksen
Seats in Parliament
46 of 179 seats
Membership
37.515 (2015)
Representatives on the DIPD Board
First Deputy Chairman Mette Gjerskov

DIPD Partnerships

Swaziland

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.

Regional Asia

After finalizing their appraisal in the spring of 2016, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has entered in to partnership with The Network of Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia) as per July 2016. In partnership with this regional organisation, the SDP is working with parties in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Japan, Korea, Timor Leste, Nepal, Pakistan, Mongolia and India. Three countries are in particular focus: The Philippines, Nepal and Myanmar.

 

More information

Contact International Consultant for the Danish Social Democrats, Iben Merild, International Consultant at SDP: iben@socialdemokratiet.dk

Visit the homepage of The Danish Social Democrats.