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Free lecture by Folkeuniversitetet: A Guide to Politics in Denmark

How does the political system in Denmark actually work? How is a government formed in real life? And how do minority governments generate support for bills – and stay in government at all? Free event on 18 April 2018. Registration is necessary - first come first served.

2017.12.08 | Anne Pletschette Langer

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In the fictional Danish television series ‘Borgen’ viewers are introduced to a small country in Northern Europe. Here, the dynamic female prime minister rides her bike to work, minority governments and compromises prevail, and climate policy is a top priority.

But how does it actually work, the political system in Denmark? How is a government formed in real life? And how do minority governments generate support for bills – and stay in government at all? 

The Danish constitution on the one hand contains few checks and balances on the government, but on the other hand the governments are predominantly minority governments with no guarantee that a majority in parliament will actually support the bills, it puts forward.

We look at how the Danish political system is, nevertheless, both very stable and has been capable of steering Danish society quite successfully through the financial and economic crisis of recent years.

Further, the lecture will also discuss how the emergence of new political parties has helped sustain public belief in the political system - and how developments like European integration may challenge the system.

  • Time: 18 April at 19.45-21.30  
  • Place: Aarhus University, building 1530, room G116

Register for the lecture on the Folkeuniversitetet website

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