1849 Danish Folketing election

The first Folketing elections were held in Denmark on 4 December 1849.[1] Adam Wilhelm Moltke remained Prime Minister after the elections.

Electoral systemEdit

The elections were held using first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies.[2] Only 14% of the population was eligible to vote in the elections,[3] with suffrage restricted to men over 30 who were not receiving poor relief (or who had not paid back any previous poor relief received), were not classed as "dependents" (those who were privately employed but did not have a household) and who had lived in their constituency for a certain length of time.[4]


Party Votes % Seats
Society of the Friends of Peasants 45
National Liberal Party 42
Højre 8
Others 6
Invalid/blank votes
Total 100 101
Registered voters/turnout 204,240 32.5
Source: Skov, Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Kaare R Skov (1999) Demokratiets Danmarkshistorie – Gennem 150 år Aschenhoug, p7
  2. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p510 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p525
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p511