The polls have closed in the Danish general election and the count has begun, with exit polls predicting a win for the Social Democrat-led “red bloc” of Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
If confirmed when the final results are published around 11 pm it would mean an end to a decade of centre-right rule and defeat for Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.
Thorning-Schmidt is on course to become Denmark’s first female leader, and she has promised to restore growth to the struggling Danish economy.
The economy has been foremost in voter’s minds after a period when immigration surged to the fore, boosting a anti-immigrant rightwing group, the Popular party. Polls say this has lost ground for the first time since its formation in 1995.