ElectionGudie

Jan. 19, 2008 Held

31,177
Voted
Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Election for Løgting (Faroese Parliament)

Results

89%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:31,177
Valid Votes:31,112
Invalid Votes:65

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Republican Party 8 - - 7,250

23.30%

Unionist Party 7 - - 6,529

21.00%

People's Party 7 - 6,240

20.10%

Social Democratic Party 6 - 6,018

19.30%

Center Party 3 - 2,610

8.40%

Independence Party 2 - 2,244

7.20%

Student's Party - - 221

0.70%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 33 seats in the Faroese Parliament (Logting)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen MARGRETHE II of Denmark *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Joannes EIDESGAARD
  • Assembly: Faroe Islands has a unicameral Faroese Parliament (Logting) with 33 seats.

* The Queen is represented by High Commissioner Birgit KLEIS, chief administrative officer (since 1 November 2001).

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is the hereditary head of state.
  • The Prime Minister is elected by parliament.
  • In the Faroese Parliament (Logting) 33 members are elected through a party-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

*** In 2007 the electoral system was switched from district-based PR (seven districts) to one, nationwide district for all 33 seats. Votes are tabulated using the D'Hondt method.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Union Party
    Leader: Kaj Leo JOHANNESEN
    Seats won in this election: 7
    Seats won in last election: 7
  • Party: Social Democratic Party
    Leader: Joannes EIDESGAARD
    Seats won in this election: 6
    Seats won in last election: 7
  • Party: Republican Party***
    Leader: Hogni HOYDAL
    Seats won in this election: 8
    Seats won in last election: 8
  • Party: People's Party
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 7
    Seats won in last election: 7
  • Party: Center Party*****
    Leader: Jenis RANA
    Seats won in this election: 3
    Seats won in last election: 2
  • Party: Independence Party
    Leader: Kari HOJGAARD
    Seats won in this election: 2
    Seats won in last election: 1

*** In 2006 one member left the Republican Party and joined the Center Party.
***** Since 2006, the party has 3 seats.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 48,385 (November 2007 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 34,835 ( 2008 )