June 7, 2009 Held


Kingdom of Denmark



Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,399,913
Valid Votes:2,177,111
Invalid Votes:222,802

Referendum Vote Share




Election Results Modified: Jun 21, 2024

General Information

At stake in this Referendum:

  • Whether males no longer should have preference over females in the royal line of succession.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen MARGRETHE II
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Lars Lokke RASMUSSEN
  • Assembly: Denmark has a unicameral Parliament (Folketinget) with 179 seats. ***

*** There are three electoral regions in Denmark: Metropolitan Copenhagen, the Islands, and Jutland. 17 multi-member constituencies are divided among these regions. Also, a share of compensatory seats proportional to its population is allocated to each electoral region.

First, constituency seats are allocated to each party in proportion to its share of votes. Parties become eligible for compensatory seats if they meet any of three conditions: winning a constituency seat, winning in two of three regions shares of votes equal to or greater than the number of votes cast per individual seat in each region, or winning two percent of votes nationwide.

Next, compensatory seats are allocated to each party to make its overall vote share effectively equal to its overall seat share. The first step here is allocating compensatory seats to each electoral region. The Sainte-Lague procedure is applied to each party's region-level vote share. Quotients resulting from this procedure that correspond to constituency seats are disregarded. The 40 compensatory seats go to the party-regions with the 40 largest remaining quotients. The second step is allocating these party-region seats to constituencies. A second, similar quotient procedure is applied at the constituency level. Disregarding quotients corresponding to party seats already won in the constituency tier, party-region seats are allocated to parties within constituencies from highest to lowest party-constituency quotient, until all compensatory seats are exhausted.

The end result of these processes is a number of seats to be allocated to each eligible party at the constituency level. The electoral system is open-list proportional representation, but parties may opt to field closed lists.

For a fuller overview, see the "Parliamentary Elections and Election Administration in Denmark" document in the "Links" section.

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • Whether males no longer should have preference over females in the royal line of succession.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 5,523,095 (2009)
  • Registered Voters: 4,114,369 (June 2009 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 2,783,639 (2009)

·         Is Denmark a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Denmark ratified CEDAW: Yes (21 April 1983)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: N/A

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 67 (following the 2007 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 4 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Denmark a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Denmark ratified CRPD: Yes (24 July 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 828,464 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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