Chief of State: Queen Margrethe II
Head of Government: Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Government Name: Kingdom of Denmark
Constitution: Adopted: 1953; Main principle of this Constitution was to limit the monarch's power. Additionally it separates governmental powers into three branches influenced heavily by French philosopher Montesquieu who aimed to achieve mutual monitoring of each of the branches of government through the separation of powers.
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
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The queen is theoretically the source of all executive and legislative power, but a de facto separation of powers has been in effect since the introduction of parliamentary sovereignty. The prime minister presides over the cabinet, but only has power and authority given to them by the monarch.
The monarch is hereditary, and the prime minister is appointed by the monarch.
Until dismissal by the executive branch
The supreme court functions as a civil and appellate court for cases from subordinate courts. Its judgments cannot be be appealed to another Danish court, however it does not deal with the issue of guilt.
Judges are appointed by the monarch upon the recommendation of the minister of justice with the advice of the judicial appointments council.
No term limit
The Folketinget is the parliament of Denmark. It is the supreme and ultimate legislative body while operating within the confines of the constitution. Parliament may question ministers regarding specific government policy matters.
The Folketinget members are elected by open-list proportional representation in multi-member constituencies based upon the three electoral regions in Denmark. 17 multi-member constituencies are divided among these regions.
Foreign Policy Trends: Danish foreign policy is founded upon four cornerstones: the United Nations, NATO, the EU, and Nordic cooperation. Denmark also is a member of, among other organizations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund; the World Trade Organization (WTO); the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); the Council of Europe; the Nordic Council; the Baltic Council; and the Barents Council. Denmark emphasizes its relations with developing nations.
Regional Trade Blocs: European Union
Treaties: NATO, Common Security and Defense Policy
International Organization Participation Source: CIA World Factbook
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Environmental Agreements Source: CIA World Factbook
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Tax Authority: Central Customs and Tax Administration
Tax Name: VAT