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.