Christiansborg Palace. Photo Morten Jerichau

People & politics

Denmark has a multi-party political system, which works within the framework of a parliamentary, democratic, constitutional monarchy, in which the prime minister is head of government, and the Queen is head of state.

Danes generally hold a high level of trust and satisfaction with the country’s political institutions. Denmark has a well-established tradition of stability and democratic rule going back to the age of the Vikings. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014, Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world. It is particularly known for its firm standpoint with regards to freedom of speech, freedom of the press as well as the Danish welfare model.

The country has a one-chamber parliament called Folketinget consisting of 179 members, based in Copenhagen at Christiansborg Palace. The three major parties are the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne), The Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti) and the Liberal Party (Venstre).

For the past century no political party has held an absolute majority in the Danish parliament, which means bills don’t usually become law without the support of other parties.

Prime minister

Since the Summer of 2015, Denmark has been led by a government consisting of the liberal party, Venstre of which Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Lykke Rasmussen, is leader.

Denmark is a member of the European Union, the United Nations, NATO, and the Nordic Council. It has a population of 5,7 million, whereof almost 1,4 million live in Greater Copenhagen. 91 percent of Danes are ethnic Danes, and Denmark is 90 % Protestant.
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