Citizenship

Both men and women can influence the decisions that have an impact on everyday life in Denmark. By participating in elections and engaging in society, you can influence the politicians that have been elected to represent the people in the Danish parliament (Folketinget), regions and municipalities.

When you live in Denmark, you are part of a democratic society. This means that you, as a man or a woman, have the right to participate in public decision-making. When you are 18 years of age, you can vote in parliamentary elections (Folketingsvalg) if you are a Danish citizen. You can vote in regional and municipal elections if you are a Danish citizen or have been a permanent resident of Denmark during the three years prior to a particular election date. This way, you get to influence the choice of politicians who represent the people in Denmark. It is important that everyone who can vote do so, in order to ensure that the elected politicians represent everybody in Denmark.

There are also other ways of gaining influence. For example, through the parents' committee of a school, kindergarten or day care centre, the integration council, voluntary organisations and the housing association where you live. In this way, you can become involved in all the aspects of society that you find important and want to influence. You can influence society through organisations and volunteer work.

Contact

The Council for Ethnic Minorities

The council for ethnic minorities is working towards ethnic minorities being able to play a more active role in Danish society.
www.rem.dk

 

Rights

You can enlist as a candidate for parliamentary elections if you are 18 years of age, a Danish citizen and have the right to vote.

You can enlist as a candidate for regional elections in one of Denmark's five regions if you are 18 years of age and have been a permanent resident of Denmark during the three years prior to the election date.

You can enlist as a candidate for municipal elections in one of Denmark's 98 municipalities if you are 18 years of age and have been a permanent resident of Denmark during the three years prior to the election date.

You can vote in parliamentary elections when you are 18 years of age, but only if you are a Danish citizen.

You can vote in regional and municipal elections when you are 18 years of age, but only, if you are a Danish citizen, a citizen of another EU member state, Iceland or Norway, or if you have been a permanent resident of Denmark during the three years prior to the election date.

According to the Act on Integration, a municipal council can establish an integration council. An integration council acts as spokesperson on behalf of ethnic minorities and advises the municipal board in relation to local integration efforts.

You have the right to vote in connection with the integration council when you are 18 years of age, are a permanent resident of a municipality and originate from a foreign country outside the Nordic countries and the EU. Foreign origin means that your parents are foreign nationals or that they were born abroad.

In Denmark, everyone is free to organise with others and there is freedom of assembly. This means that anyone can start an association without prior permission from a public authority or anyone else. However, the association must have a legal purpose. Freedom of assembly means that you have the right to assemble as a group of people, for example with a view to holding a peaceful demonstration.

 
 
 

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