Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has changed the political landscape in Denmark.
He has made Venstre, Denmark's Liberal Party, the largest in the country, a position which Socialdemokratiet (The Social Democratic Party) had previously held since the 1920s.
Formerly, small centre parties could often determine the government power, but today parties such as Centrum-Demokraterne (The Centre Democrats) and Kristendemokraterne (The Christian Democratic Party) are no longer represented in the Danish Parliament, the Folketing.
Dansk Folkeparti (The Danish People’s Party), whose main issues have been a tight immigration policy and opposition to the EU, has achieved a popular and parliamentary break-through and is the third-largest party in the Folketing.
The change of political system started when Fogh Rasmussen won his first general election on 20 November 2001 and became the Prime Minister of a minority government consisting of Venstre (The Liberal Party) and Det Konservative Folkeparti (The Conservative People's Party), supported by Dansk Folkeparti (The Danish People’s Party).
At the general election on 8 February 2005, Fogh Rasmussen retained government power, again supported by The Danish People’s Party.