Union Party (Faroe Islands)

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Union Party
Sambandsflokkurin
Leader Bárður á Steig Nielsen
Founded1906
HeadquartersÁarvegur 2
Ideology Agrarianism [1] (Nordic)
Conservative liberalism [1]

Social liberalism [2]
Danish unionism [1]
Political position Centre-right [3]
National affiliation Venstre
Nordic affiliation Centre Group
Colours   Light blue, white
Løgting
7 / 33
Folketing
(Faroe seats)
1 / 2
Election symbol
B
Website
www.samband.fo

The Union Party (Faroese : Sambandsflokkurin, also translated Unionist Party) is a conservative-liberal, agrarian political party on the Faroe Islands. [1] The party wants to maintain the Faroe Islands' union with Denmark. On 24 October 2015 Bárður á Steig Nielsen succeeded Kaj Leo Johannesen as party leader.

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In the elections in 2008, the party won 21.0% of the popular vote and 7 out of 33 seats. After having been in the opposition for a short interval after the elections, the Union Party formed a new government in September 2008, and Kaj Leo Johannesen became prime minister.

In the Danish parliamentary elections of 2007, the party received 23.5% of the Faroese vote, thereby gaining one of the two Faroese seats in the national legislature of Denmark.

At the general elections in 2011 the party gained 24.7% of the votes and 8 seats out of 33. However, on 10 February 2014 the party gained one more seat in the Løgting, after Gerhard Lognberg who was elected to the parliament representing the Social Democratic Party, joined the Union Party. [4] This happened three months after Lognberg had been expelled from the Social Democratic Party due to some disagreements, [5] making the Union Party the joint biggest party of the Faroese parliament, along with the People's Party. [6]

Electoral performance

ElectionVotes %Seats+/–PositionGovernment
1906 96162.4
12 / 20
Increase2.svg 12Increase2.svg 1stMajority
1908 66366.1
13 / 20
Increase2.svg 1Steady2.svg 1stMajority
1910 86172.2
13 / 20
Steady2.svg 0Steady2.svg 1stMajority
1912 45952.3
13 / 20
Steady2.svg 0Steady2.svg 1stMajority
1914 69952.7
12 / 20
Decrease2.svg 1Steady2.svg 1stMajority
1916 39737.8
10 / 20
Decrease2.svg 2Steady2.svg 1stMinority
1918 2,96950.2
9 / 20
Decrease2.svg 1Decrease2.svg 2ndOpposition
1920 3,47858.4
10 / 20
Increase2.svg 1Increase2.svg 1stMinority
1924 3,67658.6
13 / 23
Increase2.svg 3Steady2.svg 1stMajority
1928 2,91746.0
10 / 23
Decrease2.svg 3Decrease2.svg 2ndOpposition
1932 3,93650.1
11 / 21
Increase2.svg 1Increase2.svg 1stMajority
1936 2,65433.6
8 / 24
Decrease2.svg 3Decrease2.svg 2ndOpposition
1940 2,72232.2
8 / 24
Steady2.svg 0Increase2.svg 1stMinority
1943 2,73628.3
8 / 25
Steady2.svg 0Decrease2.svg 2ndOpposition
1945 3,21424.4
6 / 25
Decrease2.svg 2Steady2.svg 2ndOpposition
1946 3,78328.6
6 / 25
Steady2.svg 0Steady2.svg 2ndOpposition
1950 3,17027.3
7 / 25
Increase2.svg 1Steady2.svg 2ndCoalition
1954 3,31226.0
7 / 27
Steady2.svg 0Increase2.svg 1stCoalition
1958 3,28823.7
7 / 30
Steady2.svg 0Decrease2.svg 3rdCoalition
1962 3,08220.3
6 / 29
Decrease2.svg 1Steady2.svg 3rdOpposition
1966 4,17723.7
6 / 26
Steady2.svg 0Increase2.svg 2ndCoalition
1970 3,92121.7
6 / 26
Steady2.svg 0Decrease2.svg 3rdCoalition
1974 3,79919.5
5 / 26
Decrease2.svg 1Decrease2.svg 4thOpposition
1978 5,96626.3
8 / 32
Increase2.svg 3Increase2.svg 1stOpposition
1980 5,55823.9
8 / 32
Steady2.svg 0Steady2.svg 1stCoalition
1984 5,33021.2
7 / 32
Steady2.svg 0Decrease2.svg 3rdOpposition
1988 6,11621.2
7 / 32
Steady2.svg 0Steady2.svg 3rdOpposition
1990 5,36718.9
6 / 32
Decrease2.svg 1Steady2.svg 3rdCoalition
1994 5,98623.4
8 / 32
Increase2.svg 2Increase2.svg 1stCoalition
1998 4,99518.0
6 / 32
Decrease2.svg 2Decrease2.svg 4thOpposition
2002 7,95426.0
8 / 32
Increase2.svg 2Increase2.svg 1stOpposition
2004 7,50123.7
7 / 32
Decrease2.svg 1Steady2.svg 1stCoalition
2008 7,50123.7
7 / 33
Steady2.svg 0Decrease2.svg 2ndCoalition
2011 7,54624.7
8 / 33
Increase2.svg 1Increase2.svg 1stCoalition
2015 6,03618.8
6 / 33
Decrease2.svg 2Decrease2.svg 4thOpposition
2019 6,87420.3
7 / 33
Increase2.svg 1Increase2.svg 3rdCoalition

Leaders

Leaders of the Union Party:

Current members of the Løgting

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