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Denmark


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Kingdom of Denmark

        conventional short form:
        Denmark

        local long form:
        Kongeriget Danmark

        local short form:
        Danmark

    • Digraph:
      DA

    • Type:
      constitutional monarchy

    • Capital:
      Copenhagen

    • Administrative divisions:
      metropolitan Denmark - 14 counties (amter, singular - amt) and 1 city* (stad); Arhus, Bornholm, Frederiksborg, Fyn, Kbenhavn, Nordjylland, Ribe, Ringkbing, Roskilde, Snderjylland, Staden Kbenhavn*, Storstrm, Vejle, Vestsjaelland, Viborg

        note:
        see separate entries for the Faroe Islands and Greenland, which are part of the Danish realm and self-governing administrative divisions

    • Independence:
      1849 (became a constitutional monarchy)

    • National holiday:
      Birthday of the Queen, 16 April (1940)

    • Constitution:
      5 June 1953

    • Legal system:
      civil law system; judicial review of legislative acts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

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

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Poul Nyrup RASMUSSEN (since NA January 1993)

        cabinet:
        Cabinet; appointed by the monarch

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        Parliament (Folketing):
        elections last held 21 September 1994 (next to be held by December 1998); results - Social Democrats 34.6%, Liberals 23.3%, Conservatives 15.0%, Social People's Party 7.3%, Progress Party 6.4%, Radical Liberals 4.6%, Unity Party 3.1%, Center Democrats 2.8%, Christian People's Party 1.8%; seats - (179 total) Social Democrats 63, Liberals 44, Conservatives 28, Social People's Party 13, Progress Party 11, Radical Liberals 8, Unity Party 6, Center Democrats 5, independent 1

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Social Democratic Party, Poul Nyrup RASMUSSEN; Conservative Party, Hans ENGELL; Liberal Party, Uffe ELLEMANN-JENSEN; Socialist People's Party, Holger K. NIELSEN; Progress Party, Group Chairman Kim BEHNKE and Policy Spokesman Jan Kopke CHRISTENSEN; Center Democratic Party, Mimi Stilling JAKOBSEN; Radical Liberal Party, Marianne JELVED; Christian People's Party, Jann SJURSEN; Common Course, Preben Moller HANSEN; Danish Workers' Party; Unity Party

    • Member of:
      AfDB, AG (observer), AsDB, Australia Group, BIS, CBSS, CCC, CE, CERN, EBRD, EC, ECE, EIB, ESA, FAO, G- 9, GATT, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INMARSAT, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MTCR, NACC, NATO, NC, NEA, NIB, NSG, OECD, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFICYP, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIKOM, UNMOGIP, UNOMIG, UNPROFOR, UNTSO, UPU, WEU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, ZC

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Peter Pedersen DYVIG (Knud-Erik TYGESEN is Ambassador Elect for 1995)

        chancery:
        3200 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 234-4300

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 328-1470

        consulate(s) general:
        Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Edward E. ELSON

        embassy:
        Dag Hammarskjolds Alle 24, 2100 Copenhagen O

        mailing address:
        APO AE 09716

        telephone:
        [45] (31) 42 31 44

        FAX:
        [45] (35) 43 02 23

    • Flag:
      red with a white cross that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side, and that design element of the DANNEBROG (Danish flag) was subsequently adopted by the other Nordic countries of Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden






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