Key Figures

Chief of State:
Queen Margrethe II
Head of Government:
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen

Overview

Government Name:
Kingdom of Denmark
Constitution:
Adopted: 1953; the 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
Kingdom of Denmark Flag
Coat of Arms of Kingdom of Denmark

Index of Economic Freedom

Grades each country on a scale of 0 to 100, based on ten freedoms, with 100 representing the greatest amount of economic autonomy from government intervention. Source: Heritage Foundation (2018)

Country Risk Rating

A2
The political and economic situation is good. A basically stable and efficient business environment nonetheless leaves room for improvement. Corporate default probability is low on average. Source: Coface (2018)

Government Branches

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle 1
Executive

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

Judicial

The supreme court functions as a civil and appellate court for cases from subordinate courts. Its judgments cannot 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

Legislative

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.

4 years

Regional Trade Blocs

International Organization Participation [2]

Environmental Agreements [3]

Tax Information [2]

Tax Authority:
Central Customs and Tax Administration
Tax Name:
VAT

Sources:

  1. ElectionGuide http://www.electionguide.org/
  2. EY, http://www.ey.com
  3. CIA World Factbook, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
  4. U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/