Farmers' Party (Denmark)

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Farmers' Party
Founded1923
IdeologyAgrarianism
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The Farmers' Party (Danish: Bondepartiet), initially known as the Free People's Party[1] (Det Frie Folkeparti), was an agrarian[2] political party in Denmark. It was founded in 1923 as the political wing of Landbrugernes Sammenslutning. At the time of the founding of the party, 3 Venstre MPs joined it.[3]

In 1939 the name was changed to Farmers' Party.[3] The new name was inspired by agrarian parties in other Nordic countries, such as the Farmers' League in Sweden.[4]

In May 1940 the party, LS and DNSAP formed an alliance, and tried to topple the coalition government. In the June 1939 election the groups created a common front, and worked for the creation of a National Socialist constitution. During the war and occupation, the political support for the party dwindled, especially after 29 August 1943. The party became politically isolated. It did not contest the 1945 election.[3]

In 1948 Axel Hartel, former MP of the party, was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment, the harshest punishment for political collaboration meted out after the war.[5]

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  1. ^ David Kirby (15 July 2014). The Baltic World 1772–1993: Europe's Northern Periphery in an Age of Change. Routledge. p. 332. ISBN 978-1-317-90218-8. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ Daniele Caramani (29 March 2004). The Nationalization of Politics: The Formation of National Electorates and Party Systems in Western Europe. Cambridge University Press. pp. 303–. ISBN 978-0-521-53520-5.
  3. ^ a b c Land og Folk, Landbrugernes Sammenslutning LS, Landsforeningen af 6. maj, Landssvigerne, Larsen – www.besaettelse-befrielse.dk
  4. ^ Bondepartiets Opraab, 1939
  5. ^ Det Radikale Venstre, Rationeringer, Renthe-Fink, Retsforbundet, Retsopgøret, Ribbentrop, Roosevelt – www.besaettelse-befrielse.dk