Hungarian parliamentary election, 1939

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Parliamentary elections were held in Hungary on 28 and 29 May 1939.[1] The result was a victory for the Party of Hungarian Life, which won 181 of the 260 seats in Parliament. Pál Teleki remained Prime Minister.[2]

Electoral system

The electoral system was changed from that used in 1935. The number of single-member constituencies was reduced from 199 to 135, whilst the number of multi-member constituencies was raised from 11 to 38.[3][4]


Party SMCs MMCs Total
Votes[a] % Seats Votes[b] % Seats Votes % Seats +/–
Party of Hungarian Life766,69451.31121,057,87948.2691,824,57349.5181+17
Independent Smallholders Party228,57115.31340,48315.513569,05415.414–8
Arrow Cross Party192,35612.97338,04915.422530,40514.429New
Social Democratic Party12,6300.80113,6075.25126,6373.45–6
United Hungarian National Socialist Party54,8873.7323,9191.1178,8062.14New
National Front28,3411.9236,0141.6164,3551.73New
Civic Freedom Party8730.1057,7662.6558,6391.65
Christian National Socialist Front40,1142.7147,4192.2257,5332.43New
United Christian Party19,9701.3336,9731.7156,9431.54–11
Unofficial Party of Hungarian Life candidates46,8023.1046,8021.30–6
Hungarian National Socialist Agricultural Labourers' and Workers' Party13,0100.9123,1271.1236,1371.03New
National Reform Party4,4890.3017,6330.8022,1220.60New
Christian National Independence Party14,0240.6014,0240.40New
Hungarian National Socialist Party10,8720.7010,8720.30–2
People's Will Party8,9700.118,9700.210
National Smallholders, Craftsmen and Workers Party6,1100.406,1100.20New
Independent People's Party3,5680.203,5680.10New
National Agricultural Labourers, Craftsmen and Workers Party3,4530.203,4530.10New
Christian Opposition2,3840.102,3840.10–1
Hungarian Racist Party1,2880.2 1,2880.00New
Invalid/blank votes70,581150,938221,519
Registered voters/turnout1,719,22191.02,636,55788.94,355,778[c]89.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

a The number of votes refers to only 125 of the 135 single-member constituencies, as 10 seats were uncontested.[3]

b The number of votes refers to 36 of the 38 MMCs as two were uncontested.[3]

c The total number of registered voters was 4,629,493; the figure in the table refers to the number of registered voters in the contested seats.[3]


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p899 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p940
  3. 1 2 3 4 Nohlen & Stöver, pp920-921
  4. Nohlen & Stöver, p933
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