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Denmark

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Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a representative democracy based on a unicameral parliamentary system. The affairs of Government are decided by a Cabinet of Ministers, which is led by a Prime Minister. The Cabinet and the Prime Minister are responsible for their actions to the Parliament of Denmark.

Members of the cabinet are given the formal title of minister and each hold a different portfolio of government duties. The day-to-day role of the cabinet members is to serve as head of one or more segments of the national bureaucracy, as head of the civil servants to which all employees in that department report.

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Head of Government

Enjoying the status of primus inter pares, the Prime Minister is head of the Danish government. The Minister and members of the cabinet are appointed by the Crown on basis of the party composition in Parliament, and confirmed by a vote of confidence.

As of April 5, 2009, the Prime Minister is Lars Løkke Rasmussen, leading a minority government coalition of the Liberal Party and Conservative Peoples' Party. Lars Løkke Rasmussen took over after Anders Fogh Rasmussen was appointed the next secretary general of NATO.

Cabinet Government

As of the February 18, 2006 in the wake of the parliamentary elections, the cabinet has 19 members including the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister leads the work of the Cabinet as well as being minister for constitutional affairs, oversees territories and for the affairs of the press.

The 19 cabinet members hold different portfolios of duties, including but not limited to the day-to-day role as head of one or more segments of the 18 government departments.

Since it is not a requirement that cabinet members be elected members of parliament, it is likewise not required for them to resign a seat in parliament while holding a position in the cabinet.

Departments

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Ministry of State

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Employment and Gender Equality

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Health and Preventional Measures

Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs

Ministry of Culture

Ministry of Climate and Energy

Ministry of the Environment

Ministry for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs

Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Helge Sander, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation

Ministry of Taxation

Ministry of Social Affairs

Ministry of Transport

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs

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