The Danish Society

A family enjoying life in Denmark.
A family enjoying life in Denmark.

Denmark is a prosperous and peaceful democratic country. The Danish society has an excellent healthcare and social security system. Therefore Denmark is considered being a welfare state. However Denmark is also a liberal country where free enterprise and innovation blossoms.

Queen Margrethe II and the Danish Royal Family

Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe II is the Monarch of the Kingdom of Denmark. The monarchy of Denmark includes the autonomous territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Officially the Danish Monarch is the head of state, but the Queen has no political powers. In the constitutional Danish monarchy the Queens main role is to represent Denmark. The Queen hosts heads of states at official visits to Denmark. Queen Margrethe also represents Denmark at official state visits abroad.

The Royal Family often supports export campaigns and attend Danish export promotion events. The Royal Family members also attend many beneficial events, events which promote Denmark and Danish cultural events.

The Danish Prime Minister and the Danish government

The Danish government is headed by the Prime Minister. The current Prime Minister of Denmark is Lars Løkke Rasmussen from Venstre (A liberal party). He heads a government with only include ministers from Venstre and the and no other parties. 

The Danish parliament (the Folketing) has 179 democratically elected members. General elections are held every 4 years or sooner. The Prime Minister can decide to call an early election. After an election the coalition of parties which have support from 90 or more members in the Parliament can form a new government.

Constitutional Act of the Kingdom of Denmark

The foundation of Danish democracy can be found in the Constitutional Act of the Kingdom of Denmark. The current Constitutional Act is from the June 5th 1953, but the first Danish Constitutional Act dates back to 1849.

The Constitutional Act gives the Danish citizens the constitutional rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion and equal access to employment and social rights. The Constitutional Act also includes the Act of Succession which constitutes the rules regarding the succession to the Danish Throne.

Institutions in Denmark

Denmark has a total of 23 ministries. Under each ministry you will find different specialised governmental institutions. On a regional and local level Denmark is divided into 5 regions and 98 municipalities. Local elections are held every 4 years where members of local government are elected for different regions and municipalities.

In Denmark the labour market is regulated by trade unions and employers' organisations. Your will find many other public institutions, trade associations and non-government organisations in Denmark.

Danish culture and art

If you want to lean more about the Danish society you should look closer at Danish culture and art. By studying Danish history, culture and art you will better understand the reasons why Denmark has become a prosperous society.

In fact today Denmark is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and yet one of the least corrupt nations in the world. Furthermore the Danes and the Danish government are one of the worlds largest aid donors per capita.

Studies show that the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world and they work hard to achieve their personal goals.

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