World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

South Schleswig Voters' Association

Article Id: WHEBN0000424843
Reproduction Date:

Title: South Schleswig Voters' Association  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Bavaria Party, List of political parties in Germany, European Free Alliance, The Grays – Gray Panthers, Party of Bible-abiding Christians
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

South Schleswig Voters' Association

South Schleswig Voters' Association
Sydslesvigsk Vælgerforening (Danish)
Südschleswigscher Wählerverband (German)
Söödschlaswiksche Wäälerferbånd
Leader Flemming Meyer
National Secretary Martin Lorenzen
Founded 1948
Preceded by The Schleswig Association
Headquarters Norderstraße 76
24939 Flensburg
Youth wing Youth in the SSW
Ideology Ethnic minority interests (Danes and Frisians)
Social liberalism[1]
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation None
European affiliation European Free Alliance
Colours Blue, Yellow
Seats in the State Parliaments
3 / 1,857
Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein
3 / 69
Politics of Germany
Political parties

The South Schleswig Voters' Association[nb 1] (Danish: Sydslesvigsk Vælgerforening, German: Südschleswigscher Wählerverband, North Frisian: Söödschlaswiksche Wäälerferbånd) is a regional political party in Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany. The party represents the Danish and Frisian minorities of the state.[2]

As a party representing a national minority, the SSW declines to identify itself with a left-right-scale, but it models its policies on the Scandinavian countries, which often means favouring a strong welfare state, but, on the other hand, a more free market labour policy than the German model. It is represented in the diet (Landtag) of Schleswig-Holstein and several regional and municipal councils. It has not contested in federal elections since 1965.

As a party for the national Danish minority in Southern Schleswig, the SSW is not subject to the general requirement of passing a 5% vote threshold to gain proportional seats in either the state parliament (Landtag) or the lower house of the federal German parliament (Bundestag).[2] In the most recent 2012 election, the SSW received 4.6% of the votes and four seats.

In the 2005 election the SSW received 3.6% (two seats). This was enough for the SSW to hold the balance of power between the national parties of the left and right, and the SSW chose to support a coalition of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and Alliance '90/The Greens, without joining the coalition itself.[1] This resulted in criticism from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and from German national conservative circles, who asserted that since the SSW had been granted a special status, it was obliged to defend only minority interests, and that its status should be revoked if the SSW behaved like a "regular" party. The SSW representatives, however, insisted on the full value of their parliamentary seats and their equal rights as German citizens. One particular point was that the SSW had taken a strong position on educational principles in the state (abolishing the traditional German system of dividing pupils according to academic ability already after the 4th grade into different types of secondary schools). The CDU argued that since there were separate Danish-language schools, it was unreasonable for the SSW to involve itself in the affairs of the public schools.

As the planned SPD-Greens coalition did not make it into office after the 2009 elections, a CDU–FDP coalition was created and the SSW joined the opposition.

In the 2012 state election, the SSW gained 4.6% of all votes and three seats in the state diet.[3] A coalition of SPD, Green Party and SSW was concluded in June 2012, and the former parliamentary leader, Anke Spoorendonk, was appointed Minister for Culture, Justice and European Affairs.[4] This is the first time in German history that a minority party is part of a state government. The new coalition government has plenty of nicknames, for instance "Dänen-Ampel" ("Dane-traffic light"), "Schleswig-Holstein-Ampel", "rot-grün-blaue Koaltion" or "rød-grøn-blå koalitionsregering" (red–green–blue alliance), "Küstenampel" (Coastal traffic light) and "Nord-Ampel" (North traffic light).


  • SSWUngdom 1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The Youth in the SSW (Danish: SSWUngdom, German: Jugend im SSW) is the youth wing of the South Schleswig Voter Federation.


  1. ^ Other translations include South Schleswig Voter Alliance, South Schleswig Voters' Committee, South Schleswig Voter Federation, South Schleswig Voters Group, South Schleswig Voters League, South Schleswig Voters List, South Schleswig Voters' Union, South Sleswig Electoral Association.


  1. ^ a b José Magone (2011). Contemporary European Politics: A Comparative Introduction. Routledge. p. 392. 
  2. ^ a b Heiko F. Marten (2015). Parliamentary Structures and Their Impact on Empowering Minority Language Communities. Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union: Comparative Studies on Equality and Diversity (Springer). p. 264.  
  3. ^ "Landtagswahl in Schleswig-Holstein am 6. Mai 2012" (in German). Statistical Office for Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dänen-Ampel steht – Albig regiert in Kiel".  

External links

  • SSW in English
  • Youth in the SSW Website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.