Important and uncertain election tonight in Canada's northern neighbour - Denmark.*
Out of the 179 parliamentary seats, Greenland and the Faroes island hold two each, and these are usually not counted into the balance of power, since they mainly concern themselves with regional issues.
The current government, looking for a fourth term, is a centre right coalition, just like in Sweden. But unlike Sweden this coalition has included a xenophobic right wing party, the Danish People's Party in their midst. Following the Utøya massacre in Norway by a right wing Christian nut, this party has lost a lot of support, and the opposition hope to be able to oust the current group.
This are the seats the parties hold before these elections:Government: 89
Liberal Party - 46 (neo-liberals, think Thatcher)
Danish People's Party - 25 (anti-immigration, anti-EU, anti-intellectual, xenophobic bastards)
Conservative People's Party - 18 (conservatives)Opposition: 86
Social Democrats - 45 (socialists)
Socialist People's Party - 23 (socialists)
Social Liberal Party - 9 (left wing liberals)
New Alliance - 5 (multicultural liberals, many candidates are immigrants, anti-DPP)
Red-Green Alliance - 4 (left wing environmentalists)Regional seats: 4
Faroe Islands - 2
Greenland - 2
As you can see, the opposition basically only needs to gain two seats... Recent polls have them three seats ahead of the current government coalition, but as you realise, this could go either way.
You can also see that they have some odd affections when naming parties. There are three people's parties, two liberal parties, three that start with social, two that call themselves alliances...
I see this election as important as the current government's reliance on the xenophobic Danish People's Party has led to some rather disturbing things. Eg, if a Danish citizen marries a foreigner under 25 years of age, they are not allowed to settle in Denmark. This has caused a lot of Danes with foreign spouses to settle in Southern Sweden... Since there is freedom of movement throughout Scandinavia, this then allows them to.
I'm pretty happy with the centre-right coalition we have here in Sweden, but they have set down their foot firmly and refuse to include our anti-immigration party, the Sweden Democrats, in any talks or negotiations. Since their Danish counterparts have failed to stay out of the ideological gutter, I'd be pleased to see them go.
Let's hope these elections can serve as the first nail in the coffin of the brown shirted lice that have infiltrated the Scandinavian parliaments; the DPP in Denmark, the Sweden Democrats in Sweden, the Progress Party in Norway and the True Finns in Finland. They are a nasty throwback to the 1930's and belong on the ash heap of history.*sure, Greenland only has two seats out of 179 in the Danish parliament, but still.