Country Profile: Kingdom of Denmark

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The Ministry responsible for public administration is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Interior :


The Danish Parliament is called the Folketing. It is the legislative assembly in Denmark, which means that it passes the Acts that apply in Denmark. The Folketing is also responsible for adopting the state’s budgets, approving the state’s accounts, exercising control of the Government and taking part in international cooperation.


The Public Accounts Committee

The Public Accounts Committee consists of six people appointed by the Parliament. Some of them are Members of Parliament, others are not. The Public Accounts Committee reviews the annual report of the Auditor General’s Office and present their findings to the Parliament. In addition, the Public Accounts Committee can ask the Auditor General’s Office to investigate various matters and, if necessary, criticise the relevant authorities on the basis of such investigation.

The Auditor General’s Office

The Auditor General’s Office constitutes a completely independent auditing authority that audits the state’s accounts to prevent errors and to make sure that the state’s finances are spent in the best possible way. The Auditor General of Denmark, who is appointed by the Speaker of the Parliament on the recommendation of the Public Accounts Committee, is the head of the Auditor General’s Office.

The Ombudsman

The Ombudsman is elected by the Parliament, which also determines his/her salary and competences. However, the Ombudsman works independently of the Parliament when exercising control over state, municipal and other public administrative authorities on behalf of the public.


The Board of the Danish Inter-Parliamentary Group

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is an international organisation with representatives from more than 150 national parliaments around the world. IPU was established in 1889 and is based in Geneva. The IPU is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and cooperation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy. The IPU also works to ensure respect for human rights, focussing particularly on parliamentarians all over the world. Furthermore, the organisation continuously aims to promote closer cooperation with the UN.

The Danish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

The Danish Parliament’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe consists of 5 members and 5 substitutes. Members and substitutes participate on equal terms in the work of the Assembly. After each general election, the delegation appoints one member and one substitute for each committee.

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NPA) is an inter-parliamentary organisation for parliamentarians in NATO’s member states and NATO’s associate member states. The NPA brings together European and North American legislators to discuss matters of common interest and importance. The NPA is independent of NATO, but links the national parliaments in the member states and the Alliance and makes an essential contribution to strengthening mutual understanding in the Alliance. The NPA convenes twice a year for plenary sessions, one in the spring and one in the autumn. Each session lasts five days. The meetings are alternately held in member states and associate member states, by invitation from the national parliaments.

The Nordic Council

The Nordic Council is an interparliamentary organisation comprising the five Nordic countries and the Nordic Region’s three autonomous territories. The Council is made up of 87 parliamentarians and representatives of the Nordic governments. The conditions of the collaboration are set out in the Helsinki Agreement.

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

The day-to-day work in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is carried out by the Bureau, made up of the president, nine vice-presidents, the treasurer and the former president. Additionally, meetings are held in the Standing Committee, comprising the Bureau, the heads of the national delegations and the chairs of the three committees. The Standing Committee is the decision-making body in between the annual sessions. The Parliamentary Assembly and the three committees are served by an international secretariat, which has been located in Copenhagen since its establishment.

The Union for the Mediterranean – Parliamentary Assembly

The Union for the Mediterranean – Parliamentary Assembly (UfM-PA) was established in December 2003 (although under a different name) as a forum for co-operation between parliaments in the EU member states and non-EU Mediterranean countries. The UfM-PA co-operation constitutes the parliamentary counterpart of the governmental co-operation in the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). The UfM-PA discusses matters of current interest to the region, adopts resolutions (which are not legally binding) and submits recommendations to the UfM.


The European Affairs Committee

Since 2006, most meetings of the European Affairs Committee have been open to the public, and since 2007

it has also been possible to watch the open meetings on the Internet via the Danish Parliament’s website, The meetings can also be seen on the Danish Parliament’s TV channel.

Most documents related to the work of the European Affairs Committee, including government minutes, are published on the Danish Parliament’s EU Information Centre website:

The Finance Committee

The rules of procedure of the Danish Parliament stipulate that the Finance Committee will deal with issues in the following areas: Finance Bills, Supplementary Appropriation Bills, appropriation applications (legal documents and supporting documents), Government Loan Bills, the final report from the Public Accounts Committee regarding the budget, and economic policies in general.

The Presidium of the Danish Parliament

The chief task of the Presidium is to make sure that the work of the Danish Parliament is organised and performed in a satisfactory manner. This includes ensuring that parliamentary regulations are complied with, both when it comes to political work in committees and in the Chamber and when the administrative work of the Parliament is concerned. The Presidium thus has overall responsibility for the 179 MPs and the 440 employees of the Administration of the Danish Parliament. The Presidium’s areas of responsibility and the regulations for the work of the Parliament are laid down in the Standing Orders of the Danish Parliament.

The Gender Equality Committee

The Gender Equality Committee is one of the Danish Parliament’s standing committees. It deals with cases concerning gender equality, including both national and international gender equality efforts. The Gender Equality Committee’s remit thus corresponds to that of the Minister for Gender Equality. A number of the issues dealt with by the Committee overlap and interact with those of other committees. The Committee deals with Bills and proposals for parliamentary resolution concerning gender equality, and carries out scrutiny of the Government in this area.

The Foreign Policy Committee

The Foreign Policy Committee differs from the Standing Committees of the Danish Parliament because it is regulated by the Constitutional Act of Denmark. The Constitutional Act stipulates that the Government is responsible for Denmark’s foreign policy, but that the Government must consult the Committee in matters of major importance to foreign policy. This typically concerns current issues such as Denmark’s participation in international military operations, security policy issues in the Middle East, etc. Consultation also takes place before and after meetings of the European Council.

The Intelligence Services Committee

The Intelligence Services Committee is a special committee established by law in 1988 to supervise the intelligence services of the Danish police and defence (The Danish Security and Intelligence Service and Danish Defence Intelligence Service).

The Committee consists of five Members of Parliament (MPs) appointed by the political parties represented in the Presidium of the Danish Parliament. The Committee elects a chairperson from its midst. Any committee member may request a meeting to be held in the Committee. Additionally, discussions in the Committee may take place at the request of the Government.


Denmark is a unitary state composed of municipalities (kommuner) and regions (regioner). Greenland and the Faroes Islands have their own government and legislative assembly.

5 regions (reioner) The Regional Council is the governing body of the region. It is composed of members elected by direct universal suffrage. The head of regional council is elected by the regional council from among its members. The Executive Committee is elected by the regional council. The Regional Council may decide to establish ad-hoc committees to assisting the Council in its work. Each Danish region is also responsible for a forum whose mission is to ensure optimal conditions for regional development. The most important area of responsibility for the new regions is the public health service. They are also responsible for employment policies and public mass transit (buses and a few local railways). However, in eastern Denmark (Region Zealand and the Capital Region) transit is handled by a single transport agency, Movia.



98 municipalities (Kommuner): The Municipal Council is composed of elected members (proportional representation). This deliberative assembly elects the Executive Committees. The Executive Committees are in charge of local administration. Standing committees assist the Council in the preparation of its decisions. Are also established a financial committee and special committees. The mayor is elected by the Council. It is responsible for the administration and the Municipal Council.


Danish Regions
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  • Danish School of Public Administration : ; Contact :
  • University of Aarhus, AARHUS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Department of Business Administration, Department of Law and Administration : ; Contact université :
  • University of Aalborg, Social sciences; Dept. of Economics, Politics and Public Administration :



  • Nordisk Administrativt Tidsskrift (Nordic Administrative Review) :


The Nordic  Administrative Association, NAF, Danish branch:
The Nordic  Administrative Association consists of five main divisions, operating in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.



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