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What political views do people in different regions of Europe hold?


History remembers many attempts to unite Europe from the time of the Roman Empire. Political formations of varying degrees of failure, size and lifetime have never, until now, covered such a significant part of the continent. Time will show how viable the current iteration is in the form of the European Union, but now one thing is clear – the interests of the participants here are still too different. While in some countries, people are most concerned about issues of independence, others are only concerned about the development of green energy, and in third, citizens are more inclined to right ideas, seeing the flow of migrants as their main problem.

Here are the results of voting in the elections to the European Parliament, held in May 2019, in almost 80 thousand administrative districts of the EU countries.

blue – center-right
red – center-left
yellow – liberals
green – national parties / green
blue – extreme right
turquoise – conservatives / nationalists
purple – extreme left

This card is interactive : an interested person can increase the scale and find out the interest received by one or another local party in each district.

For all the variegation of the picture, it is still possible to distinguish several regions where residents are almost unanimous in political preferences.

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So, for example, the Scots mainly preferred their national party SNP. Most Poles choose conservatives from the Law and Justice party, Hungarians and Germans voted for the center-right, northern Italy is known for their extreme right-wing views – the League of the North party won here, Estonians, Danes and Finns won for local liberals, etc.

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The popularity of the left in Europe is a myth. In general, not so many people hold such views. But the left received tangible support in Sweden, the Pyrenees and Romania.

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Parties that collect the majority of votes in their countries will also receive seats in the European Parliament, in proportion to the number of representatives participating from each country.


In total, there are 751 seats in the European Parliament. Most deputies, apparently, have Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Poland. After Britain’s possible exit from the EU, the number of deputies in parliament will be reduced to 705, and part of the seats will be divided between the remaining countries.

The current composition of the European Parliament by the number of seats is as follows:


burgundy – left
red – social democrats
green – green
yellow – liberals
lilac – independent
blue – center-right
blue – conservatives
turquoise – populists
purple – right
gray – others

Thus, the majority of seats in the 2019 European Parliament are held by center-right and social democrats. But compared with the previous convocation, their share decreased, as did the share of the left, while the number of right, populists and liberals increased.

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