The rise and rise of the Danish People’s Party

Since its founding in 1995, the Danish People’s Party has steadily increased its support to become one of Denmark’s most influential political parties and may now be on the verge of joining a new Venstre-led government – if it wants it.

Most known for a tough stance on particularly Muslim immigration, the Danish People’s Party has managed to retain its current position as Denmark’s third-largest party ever since the November 2001 parliamentary elections (held in the wake of the September 11 attacks).

Recent opinion polls suggest that DF is likely to gain as much as 20 percent of the vote in the upcoming elections, snapping at the heels of the traditional giants of Danish politics, the Social Democrats and Venstre…