Political Conditions in Denmark
- Type of State
- Denmark (official name: Kingdom of Denmark) is a constitutional monarchy based on parliamentary democracy.
- Executive Power
- The Monarch is the head of the state and theoretically holds all executive powers. But in reality the executive powers are exercised on behalf of the monarch by the Prime Minister.
- Legislative Power
Following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition is usually appointed Prime Minister by the monarch for a four-year term. The cabinet, called Council of State, is appointed by the Monarch on Prime Minister's recommendation.
The legislature is unicameral. The parliament called People's Assembly has the ultimate legislative authority; its members are elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve four-year terms. On a vote of no confidence motion the parliament may force the entire government to resign.
- Main Political Parties
Denmark has a multi-party system, with the following four parties as major political parties:
- Liberal Party ? a social liberal party, advocates major reforms in country's education & tax systems;
- Social Democratic Party ? follows social-democratic ideology, supports public spending on healthcare, education and infrastructure;
- Conservative People's Party ? a conservative centre-right political party;
- SF (Socialist People's Party) ? follows popular-socialism inspired by socialism and green politics.
- Current Political Leaders
Monarch: Queen Margrethe II (since January 1972); heir apparent Crown Prince FREDERIK
Prime Minister: Lars Lokke Rasmussen since April 5, 2009 – Liberal Party, heading a coalition government with Conservative People's Party.
- Next Election Dates
- Parliamentary: November 2011
Indicator of Freedom of the Press
- World Rank:
- 14 places up compared to 2008
Indicator of Political Freedom
- Political Freedom:
- Civil Liberties:
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