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Danish local elections, 2013


Danish local elections, 2013

The Danish local elections of 2013 were held on 19 November 2013 in Denmark's 98 municipality councils, contesting 2,444 seats (previous election: 2,468 seats) for the 2014-17 term of office, and in five regional councils, contesting 205 seats for the 2014-17 term. Advance voting began on 20 August 2013 in national registration offices in Denmark, hospitals, prisons etc.[1] Twelve (12) women hold the highest political office of mayor in the municipalities in the 2014-17 term of office.


Results of regional elections

Number of councillors and political parties in the Regional Councils

Party Seats
Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) (A) 67
Venstre (Venstre) (V) 62
Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti) (O) 23
Conservative People's Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti) (C) 15
Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) (Ø) 15
Socialist People's Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti) (F) 10
Danish Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre) (B) 8
Liberal Alliance (Liberal Alliance) (I) 5
Total 205

Old and new Chairmen of the Regional Councils

Regional Council Chairmen Outgoing and Incoming
Region Incumbent Chairman Elected Chairman
North Denmark Region Ulla Astman1 Ulla Astman1
Central Denmark Region Bent Hansen Bent Hansen
Region of Southern Denmark Carl Holst Carl Holst
Region Zealand Steen Bach Nielsen Jens Stenbæk
Capital Region of Denmark Vibeke Storm Rasmussen2 Sophie Hæstorp Andersen2

Number denotes that the chairman is a woman. On 22 June 2015, Stephanie Lose became chairman of the Region of Southern Denmark. She is from Venstre. Carl Holst became a minister in the government of Denmark.

Results of municipal elections

Number of councillors and political parties in the Municipal Councils

Sum of 98 local elections
Party Share of vote Seats
Percent Change Number Change
Social Democrats 29.5 % -1.1 % 773 -28
Venstre 26.6 % +1.8 % 767 +68
Danish People's Party 10.1 % +2.0 % 255 +69
Conservative People's Party 08.6 % -2.4 % 205 -57
Red-Green Alliance 06.9 % +4.6 % 119 +1050
Socialist People's Party 05.6 % -8.9 % 116 -2240
Danish Social Liberal Party 04.8 % +1.1 % 62 +12
Liberal Alliance 02.9 % +2.6 % 33 +32
Christian Democrats 6 -
Schleswig Party 9 0+3
Guldborgsundlisten 6 0+2
Others 03.8 % -0.25 % 93 0-6

Mayors in the municipalities

The mayors (Danish:Borgmester;plural:Borgmestre) of the 98 municipalities heads the council meetings and is the chairman of the finance committee in each of their respective municipalities. Only in Lejre Municipality since 1 January 2010. She is the only one at present from the Socialist People's Party to hold the highest political post in a municipality. Rebild Municipality has a new mayor since 1 January 2014. His name is Leon Sebbelin from the Danish Social Liberal Party. Tobias Birch Johansen, the mayor of Læsø Municipality, is a member of the agrarian liberal Venstre, but he is elected on the local list Læsø Listen.

Mayors after the election
Party Number Change
Venstre 48 +17
Social Democrats 33 -16
Conservative People's Party 13 +1
Danish Social Liberal Party 1 +1
Socialist People's Party 1 -1
Guldborgsundlisten 1 -
Læsø Listen 1 -
Borgerlisten (Kerteminde) 0 -1
Fælleslisten (Sønderborg) 0 -1

Old and new mayors in the municipalities

The term of office for the mayors elected by the majority of councillors among its members in each municipal council is the same as for the councils elected, namely 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2017. The correct name for the municipality on the somewhat remote island of Bornholm is Regional Municipality, because the municipality also handles tasks not carried out by the other Danish municipalities but by the regions. As just one example, as the only one of the 46 municipalities in eastern Denmark it is a 100 % owner of its own public mass transit agency called BAT, formerly Bornholms Amts Trafikselskab. The public traffic agency of the other 45 municipalities in eastern Denmark is Movia, owned by the Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand and the 45 municipalities.

Mayors outgoing and incoming
Municipality Incumbent mayor Elected mayor
Albertslund Municipality Steen Christiansen Steen Christiansen
Allerød Municipality Erik Lund Jørgen Johansen
Assens Municipality Finn Brunse Søren Steen Andersen
Ballerup Municipality Jesper Würtzen Jesper Würtzen
Billund Municipality Ib Kristensen Ib Kristensen
Bornholm Regional Municipality Winni Grosbøll1 Winni Grosbøll1
Brøndby Municipality Ib Terp Ib Terp
Brønderslev Municipality Lene Hansen2 Mikael Klitgaard
Copenhagen Municipality Frank Jensen Frank Jensen
Dragør Municipality Allan Holst Eik Dahl Bidstrup
Egedal Municipality Willy Eliasen Willy Eliasen
Esbjerg Municipality Johnny Søtrup Johnny Søtrup
Fanø Municipality Erik Nørreby Erik Nørreby
Favrskov Municipality Nils Borring Nils Borring
Faxe Municipality Knud Erik Hansen Knud Erik Hansen
Fredensborg Municipality Thomas Lykke Pedersen Thomas Lykke Pedersen
Fredericia Municipality Kenny Bruun Olsen Jacob Bjerregaard
Frederiksberg Municipality Jørgen Glenthøj Jørgen Glenthøj
Frederikshavn Municipality Lars Møller Birgit Stenbak Hansen2
Frederikssund Municipality Ole Find Jensen John Schmidt Andersen
Furesø Municipality Ole Bondo Christensen Ole Bondo Christensen
Faaborg-Midtfyn Municipality Hans Jørgensen Christian Thygesen
Gentofte Municipality Hans Toft Hans Toft
Gladsaxe Municipality Karin Søjberg Holst3 Karin Søjberg Holst3
Glostrup Municipality John Engelhardt John Engelhardt
Greve Municipality Hans Barlach Pernille Beckmann4
Gribskov Municipality Jan Ferdinandsen Kim Valentin
Guldborgsund Municipality John Brædder John Brædder
Haderslev Municipality Jens Christian Gjesing H.P. Geil
Halsnæs Municipality Helge Friis Steen Hasselriis
Hedensted Municipality Kirsten Terkilsen4 Kirsten Terkilsen5
Helsingør Municipality Johannes Hecht Nielsen Benedikte Kiær6
Herlev Municipality Thomas Gyldal Petersen Thomas Gyldal Petersen
Herning Municipality Lars Krarup Lars Krarup
Hillerød Municipality Kirsten Jensen5 Dorte Meldgaard7
Hjørring Municipality Arne Boelt Arne Boelt
Holbæk Municipality Søren Kjærsgaard Søren Kjærsgaard
Holstebro Municipality H.C. Østerby H.C. Østerby
Horsens Municipality Peter Sørensen Peter Sørensen
Hvidovre Municipality Helle Moesgaard Adelborg6 Helle Moesgaard Adelborg8
Høje-Taastrup Municipality Michael Ziegler Michael Ziegler
Hørsholm Municipality Morten Slotved Morten Slotved
Ikast-Brande Municipality Carsten Kissmeyer Carsten Kissmeyer
Ishøj Municipality Ole Bjørstorp Ole Bjørstorp
Jammerbugt Municipality Mogens Gade Mogens Gade
Kalundborg Municipality Martin Damm Martin Damm
Kerteminde Municipality Sonja Rasmussen7 Hans Luunbjerg
Kolding Municipality Jørn Pedersen Jørn Pedersen
Køge Municipality Marie Stærke8 Flemming Christensen
Langeland Municipality Bjarne Nielsen Bjarne Nielsen
Lejre Municipality Mette Touborg9 Mette Touborg9
Lemvig Municipality Erik Flyvholm Erik Flyvholm
Lolland Municipality Stig Vestergaard Holger Schou Rasmussen
Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality Søren P. Rasmussen Sofia Osmani10
Læsø Municipality Thomas W. Olsen Tobias Birch Johansen
Mariagerfjord Municipality H.C. Maarup Mogens Jespersen
Middelfart Municipality Steen Dahlstrøm Steen Dahlstrøm
Morsø Municipality Lauge Larsen Hans Ejner Bertelsen
Norddjurs Municipality Jan Petersen Jan Petersen
Nordfyn Municipality Morten Andersen Morten Andersen
Nyborg Municipality Erik Christensen Kenneth Muhs
Næstved Municipality Carsten Rasmussen Carsten Rasmussen
Odder Municipality Elvin J. Hansen Uffe Jensen
Odense Municipality Anker Boye Anker Boye
Odsherred Municipality Thomas Adelskov Thomas Adelskov
Randers Municipality Henning Jensen Nyhuus Claus Omann Jensen
Rebild Municipality Anny Winther10 Leon Sebbelin
Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality Iver Enevoldsen Iver Enevoldsen
Ringsted Municipality Niels Ulrich Hermansen Henrik Hvidesten
Roskilde Municipality Joy Mogensen11 Joy Mogensen11
Rudersdal Municipality Jens Ive Jens Ive
Rødovre Municipality Erik Nielsen Erik Nielsen
Samsø Municipality Jørn Nissen Marcel Meijer
Silkeborg Municipality Hanne Bæk Olsen12 Steen Vindum
Skanderborg Municipality Jørgen Gaarde Jørgen Gaarde
Skive Municipality Flemming Eskildsen Peder Chr. Kirkegaard
Slagelse Municipality Lis Tribler13 Sten Knuth
Solrød Municipality Niels Emil Hörup Niels Emil Hörup
Sorø Municipality Ivan Hansen Gert Jørgensen
Stevns Municipality Poul Arne Nielsen Mogens Haugaard Nielsen
Struer Municipality Niels Viggo Lynghøj Mads Jakobsen
Svendborg Municipality Curt Sørensen Lars Erik Hornemann
Syddjurs Municipality Kirstine Bille14 Claus Wistoft
Sønderborg Municipality Aase Nyegaard15 Erik Lauritzen
Thisted Municipality Lene Kjelgaard Jensen16 Lene Kjelgaard Jensen12
Tønder Municipality Laurids Rudebæk Laurids Rudebæk
Tårnby Municipality Henrik Zimino Henrik Zimino
Vallensbæk Municipality Henrik Rasmussen Henrik Rasmussen
Varde Municipality Gylling Haahr Erik Buhl
Vejen Municipality Egon Fræhr Egon Fræhr
Vejle Municipality Arne Sigtenbjerggaard Arne Sigtenbjerggaard
Vesthimmerland Municipality Knud Vældgaard Kristensen Knud Vældgaard Kristensen
Viborg Municipality Søren Pape Poulsen Søren Pape Poulsen
Vordingborg Municipality Henrik Holmer Knud Larsen
Ærø Municipality Karsten Landro Jørgen Otto Jørgensen
Aabenraa Municipality Tove Larsen17 Thomas Andresen
Aalborg Municipality Henning G. Jensen Thomas Kastrup Larsen
Aarhus Municipality Jacob Bundsgaard Jacob Bundsgaard

Numbers denote that the mayor is a woman.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Local Elections, Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Interior, accessed 2013-10-05

External links

  • "Local Elections 13" on the Danish English-speaking website Copenhagen Post
  • Election results by Municipality
  • Three out of five of 2444 municipal council members reelected
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