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The Danish People's Party (Danish: Dansk Folkeparti) is a nationalistic political party in Denmark. Some might characterize it as a conservative-nationalist-social democratic party. It is often portrayed as a far-right party, which is correct in some ways, but it supports many social democratic policies and opposes some traditionally "right wing" ideas. For example, it is opposed to tax cuts and is only luke warm to the "tax-freeze" of the current administration. In the 2005 parliamentary elections, it took 24 seats out of 179 (an increase of 2 seats), on 13.3% of the vote, making it the third largest party in Denmark.

The party has an anti-immigration platform and wants Denmark to leave the European Union. They were leaders in opposing the 2000 referendum on membership in the Euro.

The party was founded on October 6, 1995 after Pia Kjærsgaard, Kristian Thulesen Dahl, Poul Nødgaard and Ole Donner left the Progress Party. The party made its electoral debut in the 1998 Danish parliamentary election winning 13 seats. Later, in a dramatic election in 2001 they won 22 seats. They became the third largest party in parliament and supported the Conservative-Liberal coalition government in exchange for the implementation of some of their key demands such as strong anti-immigration policies.

It is led by Pia Kjærsgaard. In the European Parliament its single MEP sits as a member of the Union for a Europe of Nations grouping.

See also

External links

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