Denmark Danmark


Denmark became a unified kingdom in the 8th century. In terms of talking about the geographical area, it has been around ever since 500 AD, the end of the last ice age. The geography was very different from what we know today. Back then, it was covered in glaciers but as soon as the glaciers were retreating, it was inhabited by reindeer, elk, and hunters. The first human settlers to inhabit Denmark permanently was the Maglemosian people.

2. Population and world ranking

Rank 10 out of 60 with a population of 5,639,565.

3. Economy/GDP world Ranking

Rank number 9

4. Unemployment rate and world ranking

6.3% unemployment rate ranked 84th.

5. Main Industries

Leading industries include food processing, shipbuilding, and the manufacture of iron and steel.

6. Government Type – Provide a definition of the type that helps explain it.

Provide a definition of the type that helps explain it. Denmark is a multi-party system, with two strong parties and other significant parties. Social Democrats and Danish People’s Party. Social Democrats’ goal was to organize the emerging working class on a democratic and socialist basis. Danish People’s Party’s goal was to protect the freedom and cultural heritage.

7. Capitol


8. Administrative divisions

Region Hovedstaden (Capital Region of Denmark) pop. 2,546.3; Region Midtjylland (Central Denmark Region) pop. 13,000.2; Region Nordjylland (North Denmark Region) pop. 7,874.0; Region Sjælland (Region Zealand) pop. 7,217.8

9. Independence

Iceland became independent from the Kingdom of Denmark June 17 1944

10. Information about their constitution

June 5 celebrates the adoption of the Constitution

constitutional monarchy

parliamentary system

has no constitutional court

11. Give a description of their legal system.

includes Supreme court, the two high courts, the Maritime and Commercial Court, the Land Registration Court, 24 district courts, the courts of the Faroe Islands and Greenland, the Appeals Permission Board, the Special Court of Indictment and Revision, the Danish Judicial Appointments Council and the Danish Court Administration.

12. Suffrage (Voting Age)

18 years

13. Executive Branch Some of these may not apply. a. Head of State/Chief of state b. Cabinet ,Elections. How they work? How often? How is power transferred due to illness or death of leader.

EXEC BRANCH: chief of state: Queen MARGRETHE II (since 14 January 1972); Heir Apparent Crown Prince FREDERIK, elder son of the monarch (born on 26 May 1968)

HEAD OF GOV: Prime Minister Lars LOEKKE RASMUSSEN (since 28 June 2015)

CABINET: Council of State appointed by the monarch

ELECTIONS/APPOINTMENTS: the monarchy is hereditary; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or majority coalition usually appointed prime minister by the monarch

14. Legislative Branch a. Unicameral or Bicameral? b. Explain how it is organized? b. Elections. How often?


179 seats, including 2 representing Greenland and 2 representing the Faroe Islands

ELECTIONS: last held on 18 June 2015 (next to be held by June 2019. Members serve 4-year terms unless the Folketing is dissolved earlier

15. Judicial Branch a. How is it organized? How are judges picked?

Supreme Court (consists of the court president and 18 judges)

judges appointed by the monarch upon the recommendation of the Minister of Justice with the advice of the Judicial Appointments Council, a 6-member independent body of judges and lawyers; judges appointed for life with retirement at age 70


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