Danish Government

Queen Margrethe of Denmark

The Danish government consists of a constitutional monarchy, where Queen Margrethe II is the royal head of state. She has no ruling authority, since royal power was handed over to the parliament / Folketing in 1901 by the king. The head of the Folketing is the prime minister, who is from Helen Thorning Schmidt from the Social Democratic party.

Queen Margrethe holds the throne and is the official ruler of Denmark. Her position is mostly ceremonial, but her signature is required to pass new legislation. She has sat on the throne since 1972 and is a very beloved figure in Denmark. Rarely do you hear people saying anything negative about her. Her birthday is a very special day in Denmark and is celebrated throughout the land.

People swarm to Amalianborg Palace on her birthday (April 16th) and wave flags and greet the Queen. It's a very unique experience and something you should participate in if you get a chance. See the video below for an insight into the Royal Family.

Danish government is run by a single chamber parliament called the Folketing. The Prime Minister leads the government and the Prime Minister is Helle Thorning-Schmidt from the Social Democratic party. She took over from Lars Loekke Rasmussen of the Venstre (liberal) party, which had been in power for the past 10 years.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt makes history as the first female prime minister of Denmark. She won the election on September 15, 2011 and has promised to make some changes in the government. She has held the post since October 2011.

danish voting posters

The Danish Parliament has its seat at Christiansborg, which is located in the heart of Copenhagen.

The Danish government consists of 8 major political parties and they are aligned in two alliances: The Central Left Party and the Central Right Party.

If you look at the above posters you will see a letter on each poster: A, B, C, F, I, K, O, V and Ø, which represent each party. See below for more info.

After the 2011 election, they broke down like this. (the next election will be in 2015)

Central Left Party

  • Social Democrats/Socialdemokratiet have 44 seats led by Helle Thorning-Schmidt. (A)
  • Social Liberals/Det Radikale Venstre have 17 seats led by Margrethe Vestager. (B)
  • Socialist People's Party/Socialistisk Folkeparti have 16 seats led by Villy Søvndal. (F)
  • Red-Green Alliance/Enhedslisten have 12 seats. (Ø)

Central Right Party

  • Liberals/Venstre have 47 seats led by Lars Løkke Rasmussen. (V)
  • Danish People's Party/Dansk Folkeparti have 22 seats led by Pia Kjærsgaard. (O)
  • Liberal Alliance/Liberal Alliance have 9 seats led by Anders Samuelsen. (I)
  • Conservatives/Konservative Folkeparti have 8 seats led by Lars Barfoed. (C)
danish government

Since the Central Left Alliance has more seats, they are the ruling party. And the party with the majority of seats, which is the Social Democrats, their leader holds the office of Prime Minister.

The Social Democrats are now the leading party and hold the most power in the Folketing.

The Danes are very active in politics, and the voting rate is quite high compared to countries like the US and Britain. The voting age is 18 and many young people are very active in politics.

It is not uncommon to find protesters in the streets, peaceful marches and banners being displayed trying to convey their political views or to make changes to the way the government is run. The Danes are very vocal in their political beliefs and Danes are expected to be politically active - which they are!

Here, you can learn more about the Danish Government.

Danish Government's Administration

The Danish government is broken down into 3 governing bodies, which each handle a different aspect of government.

  1. The Central government is generally responsible for education, employment, foreign affairs and taxes.
  2. The regional governments are more concerned with social service, health care and regional growth and development.
  3. Kommunes are the ones, which most people will be interacting with since they are the ones that are in charge of providing the social services, employment, schools and other services to the public.

You can learn more interesting things about Denmark here.

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