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Denmark Polls Kick Off with Focus on Climate


7Dnews London

Wed, 05 Jun 2019 11:13 GMT

Polling has kicked off in Denmark, with climate concerns topping the agenda of a general election where the opposition Social Democrats are trying to return to power, AFP has reported.

Opinion polls put the opposition centre-left Social Democrats and its leader Mette Frederiksen at 27.2%, almost 10 points ahead of Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen's ruling Liberal Party, which has been in power for 14 of the last 18 years.

"Many voters want change. In particular, the 'millennials', who can vote for the first time," Flemming Juul Christiansen, a political scientist at Roskilde University, told AFP.

People had lined up outside city hall in Copenhagen when polls opened at 8am (0600 GMT) on Wednesday June 5th.

Amalie Falck-Schmidt, 29, said she wanted to vote early as it was important to "support democracy," and she was concerned about the environment.

"I think it's climate that's the most important, so that's what I voted for," she said.

Denmark's Socialist People's Party, heavily focused on environmental matters, is also expected to see a rise in its numbers, with opinion polls suggesting it could take 8.3% of votes, almost double its 2015 score.