The official result of the 2019 European Parliament election in Denmark is:

Parti                                 Antal   Pct.  Mandater

A. Socialdemokratiet                592.645  21,5%   3
B. Radikale Venstre                 277.929  10,1%   2
C. Det Konservative Folkeparti      170.544   6,2%   1
F. SF - Socialistisk Folkeparti     364.895  13,2%   2
I. Liberal Alliance                  60.693   2,2%   -
N. Folkebevægelsen mod EU           102.101   3,7%   -
O. Dansk Folkeparti                 296.978  10,8%   1
V. Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti 648.203  23,5%   4
Ø. Enhedslisten - De Rød-Grønne     151.903   5,5%   1
Å. Alternativet                      92.964   3,4%   -

I alt gyldige stemmer             2.758.855

Party "B" (Radikale Venstre) got 10.1%, resulting in 2 seats.
Party "O" (Dansk Folkeparti) got 10.8%, resulting in 1 seat.

How is this possible? Wikipedia says that the D'Hondt method is used, but I understand the D'Hondt method to be consistent and monotonic, meaning that a party could only get more seats than another party by getting more votes. Is Denmark actually using some other method? Are there extra rules about coalitions or something, that aren't reflected in the results? Or is there some mistake in the numbers?


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If I've correctly understood this auto-translated Danish article, Radikale Venstre (Social Liberals) were in an election alliance with Alternativet (The Alternative), so the votes of the latter were added to the former, granting it an extra seat.

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    Or the Danish Wikipedia article Jun 1, 2019 at 14:55
  • So if I understand correctly now, the votes only get added when an allied party misses the threshold to get its own seat.
    – krubo
    Jun 2, 2019 at 13:39
  • @krubo Or what my guess would be: The Radikale Venstre plus Alternativet alliance is entitled to 2 seats with their 13.5%. These two seats were then distributet within the alliance (again by d'Hondt), but as 10.1% is so much more than 3.4%, both seats went to the Radical Left Jun 3, 2019 at 20:46
  • Steve Melnikoff is right
    – A Fog
    Jun 14, 2019 at 11:26

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