The Folketing (Danish: Folketinget, pronounced [ˈfɒlkəˌtsʰeŋˀð̩]; lit. the people's thing), also known as the Danish Parliament in English, is the unicameral national legislature (parliament) of the Kingdom of Denmark—Denmark proper together with the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Established in 1849, until 1953 the Folketing was the lower house of a bicameral parliament, called the Rigsdag; the upper house was Landstinget. It meets in Christiansborg Palace, on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen.Use our Copenhagen day trip planning website to arrange your visit to Folketinget and other attractions in Copenhagen.
The Folketing passes all laws, approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government. It is also responsible for adopting the state's budgets and approving the state's accounts. As set out in the Danish Constitution, the Folketing shares power with the reigning monarch. In practice, however, the monarch's role is limited to signing laws passed by the legislature; this must be done within 30 days of adoption.
The Folketing consists of 179 representatives; including two from Greenland and a further two from the Faroe Islands. General elections must be held every four years, but it is within the powers of the Prime Minister to ask the monarch to call for an election before the term has elapsed. On a vote of no confidence, the Folketing may force a single Minister or the entire government to resign.
Members are democratically elected by proportional representation: 135 in districts using the D'Hondt method and with 40 leveling seats. The Danish political system has traditionally generated coalitions. Most post-war governments have been minority coalitions ruling with the support of non-government parties. The first sitting of the house is usually attended by Queen Margrethe II.
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Visited the ruins under the parliament, which are excellent and only 50dkk. Really great value for fascinating archaeology. more »
I don't think Copenhagen is the type of city where you get an amazing view from up high like you do in London at St. Pauls' or in NYC from anywhere up. But, it was not crowded early so we went on... more »
Nice place to stop by with so many historical sites surrounded.
There is a free tour to visit Folketinget and it was very interesting. Just remember to register online 3-4 days before your visit.
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