1959: SF foundation
SF was founded in 1959 by Aksel Larsen, after he had been excluded from the Danish Communist Party because of his criticism of the Soviet invasion in Hungary in 1956. Aksel Larsen wanted an independent political development in Denmark without any soviet control what so ever and created Socialistisk Folkeparti. One characteristic of the new party was not only to value a socialist change of society – but equally democracy and the people's support. In 1960 SF already achieved 11 seats in Folketinget.
60s: Success from the beginning
During the economic boom of the 1960s SF strived to pull the Social democrats to the left – by proposing among other things a more radical social reform and a more fair tax system. The voters supported the strategy, and SF kept growing. In 1966 the first red majority being SF and the Social Democrats was a reality in Folketinget.
70s: The party profile becomes more significant and comprehensive
During the 1970s SF positioned itself as an alternative to the Social Democrats. The socialist profile became clearer and cooperation with NGOs was intensified. The grass-root movement grew very influential in the party. Highly competent women triggered a political and attitudinal move in SF making the party a pioneer for gender equality. Environment was also a high priority issue, just as EC skepticism.
80s: A broader and more ambitious party
SF had now become a broader left-wing party having voters both in the cities and in the rural districts. Thus strengthened SF laid out a concrete strategy for a majority of worker’s parties in Folketinget and up through the 80s policy became inclusive of all areas. In 1987 SF wanted for the first time to form a government with the Social Democrats instead of being a mere supporting party.
90’s: Focus on Europe
Denmark joined the internal market, the wall had fcome down and inside SF - skepticism against the EC shrunk and was considered a combat field between left and right. In 1991 the SF congress adopted the new program for action and principles “Towards new times” and an EC strategy with socialist values like more democracy, solidarity and better environment was formulated.
2010: Towards new peaks
At the beginning of the new millennium Denmark was turned right, yet SF had in 2007 the best election result in over 20 years. Votes were more than doubled, and the party achieved 23 seats in Folketinget. The new ambition is forming a government together with the Social Democrats, and the ”Radikale” in order to provide the power to implement necessary and desirable changes.