Democracy and rights
Denmark is a robust democracy where human
rights are generally respected. But lately, the country
has been criticized for how refugees and migrants are
Denmark is a parliamentary democracy with strong
independent institutions. Political pluralism with
multi-party systems prevails and the opposition seems
free. The elections are considered free and fair.
Freedom of assembly and association is firmly entrenched
in society and the association life is extensive and
lively. Denmark was the first country in the world to
introduce the opportunity for gay couples to enter into
The challenges that Denmark faces in terms of human
rights are primarily related to the rights of refugees
and other migrants. Some recent measures have been
criticized for being especially targeted at Muslims and
intruding on religious freedom (see Calendar). Denmark
has also been criticized by human rights organizations
for treating asylum seekers who have been rejected but
who for various reasons cannot be sent back to their
home countries. Many live in prison-like conditions,
with travel restrictions and simple conditions. In 2018,
a camp for asylum seekers, who had served prison
sentences but could not be deported, was planned on an
isolated island that was previously used to study
infectious diseases in animals.
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When it comes to equality between men and women,
Denmark is ranked worst among the Nordic countries,
according to the World Economic Forum 2018. However, the
country ranks in tenth place globally, in a ranking
comprising 149 countries. What reduces the result is,
among other things, relatively large income differences
between men and women and only 37 percent women in
According to Transparency International 2018, Denmark
was ranked as the least corrupt country in the world,
which is attributed to the country's robust
institutions. But the question is whether Denmark is
allowed to retain first place. In a 2018 report, the
Council of Europe's group of states against corruption,
Greco, states the country 's standards
for preventing corruption do not live up to EU
standards. This is after several cases of corruption in
the public sector were discovered, as well as suspicions
of misuse of EU funds. In 2018, a money-laundering
scandal was also revealed in which Danske Bank is
suspected of contributing to the fact that over SEK 2
billion has been drained through the bank.
Freedom of expression and media
Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of Danish
society. Individuals can freely and openly criticize
state powers without the risk of reprisals. Limitations
can largely only be made if the opinion is to be
regarded as incitement against popular groups or
slander. Negative statements about Muslims as a group in
the public debate have become more common and the United
Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination has called on the government to act to
counteract a stigmatizing and derogatory tone towards
immigrants in the public debate.
Freedom of the press prevails. The country's media
reflects a variety of opinions and often criticizes the
government. Reporters Without Borders places the country
in place five in its index of freedom of the press in
Judicial system and legal security
The courts are independent of the executive and the
judicial system is very secure with robust control
systems. The World Justice Project ranks Denmark in
first place in its index of the rule of law in 126
countries in 2019.
Swap at the Minister of Culture post
Minister of Culture Uffe Elbaek is forced to resign after accusations of
disquiet within the Ministry of Culture's activities. He is replaced by Marianne
Jelved from Radical Left.
Change of leader and division within Socialist People's Party
Against the will of the party leadership, Annette Vilhelmsen is elected new
leader of the Socialist People's Party after Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal.
Vilhelmsen is popular among the party members in the country. She resigns from
Finance Minister Thor Møger Pedersen and replaces him with former party leader
Holger K Nielsen. Thereby, the contradictions within the party increase and more
local politicians choose to leave it.
The "Ghetto Plan" is being expanded
The government expands the so-called ghetto list (see October 2010) of poor,
immigrant-tight housing areas to be renovated, from 28 to 33.
Danish People's Party changes leader
Pia Kjærsgaard resigns as leader of the Danish People's Party after 17 years.
She is succeeded by Kristian Thulesen Dahl.
Same-sex marriage becomes legal
The parliament votes for two people of the same sex to be able to enter into
Presidency of the EU
At the turn of the year, Denmark will become the country of the Presidency of
the EU for six months. The crisis in the euro area is expected to dominate the