- Government of Denmark
Denmarkis a constitutional monarchywith a representative democracybased 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.
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.
November 27, 2001, the Prime Minister is Anders Fogh Rasmussen, leading a minority government coalitionof the Liberal Party and Conservative Peoples Party.
As of the
February 18, 2006in 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!
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister
Bendt Bendtsen, Deputy Prime Minister
Per Stig Møller, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ulla Tørnes, Minister for Development Corporations
Lene Espersen, Minister for Justice
Ministry of Employment
Claus Hjort Frederiksen, Minister for Employment
Ministry of Finance
Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Minister for Finance
Søren Gade Jensen, Minister of Defence
Ministry of Health and Preventional Measures
Jakob Axel Nielsen, Minister of Health and Preventional Measures
Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs
Birthe Rønn Hornbech, Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs
Ministry of Culture
Brian Mikkelsen, Minister for Culture
Ministry of Climate and Energy
Connie Hedegaard, Minister of Climate and Energy
Troels Lund Poulsen, Minister for the Environment
Ministry for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs
Birthe Rønn Hornbech, Minister for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs
Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
Eva Kjer Hansen, Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
Helge Sander, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation
Ministry of Taxation
Kristian Jensen, Minister for Taxation
Ministry of Welfare and Ministry of Gender equality
Karen Jespersen, Minister for Welfare and Gender Equality
Carina Christensen, Minister for Transport
Ministry of Education
Bertel Haarder, Minister for Education
Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs
Bendt Bendtsen, Minister for Economic and Business Affairs
* Current Cabinet
* Former Cabinets
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