Voting in Denmark

EU citizens may vote in several of the Danish elections. This page tells you how...

There are three types of elections in Denmark:

  1. National/general elections.
  2. Municipal elections.
  3. European Parliamentary elections.

There are also national referendums, held each time a new treaty of the European Union has to be approved.

The EU treaty (known as the "Maastricht Treaty") gives every EU citizen the right to vote and stand as a candidate in local, municipal (if applicable) and European Parliamentary elections in the EU country where they are currently resident, under the same conditions as nationals of that country.

Only Danish citizens may vote in general elections and national referendums.

Municipal Elections

Municipal authorities are responsible for day care centres, looking after the elderly, schools, local cultural activities and building roads. It is also the responsibility of local authorities to help foreigners settle in Denmark and provide language lessons and information to newcomers. There are 98 municipal authorities in Denmark; each one has its own mayor and local council.

Anyone over the age of 18 may vote or stand for election in municipal elections, which are held every four years. This includes citizens from Nordic and other EU countries resident in Denmark. Citizens from any other country may vote if they have been a permanent resident in Denmark for more than three years.

All residents in Denmark who are eligible to vote receive a ballot paper and instructions on how and where to vote.

Further information on voting in municipal elections is available from the local municipal authority.

Voting in European Parliamentary Elections

European Parliamentary elections take place every five years.

Voters must be at least 18 years old on the day of the European Parliamentary election in order to be eligible to vote.