Denmark: Political structure

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The political system of Denmark is a multi-party structure, where several parties are represented in the Parliament.

Danish governments are most often minority administrations, governing with the aid of one or more supporting parties.

This means that Danish politics are characterised by inter-party compromising. Since 1909 no single party has had the majority of parliamentary seats.

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Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has changed the political landscape in Denmark.

He has made Venstre, Denmark's Liberal Party, the largest in the country, a position which Socialdemokratiet (The Social Democratic Party) had previously held since the 1920s.

Formerly, small centre parties could often determine the government power, but today parties such as Centrum-Demokraterne (The Centre Democrats) and Kristendemokraterne (The Christian Democratic Party) are no longer represented in the Danish Parliament, the Folketing.

Dansk Folkeparti (The Danish Peoples Party), whose main issues have been a tight immigration policy and opposition to the EU, has achieved a popular and parliamentary break-through and is the third-largest party in the Folketing.

The change of political system started when Fogh Rasmussen won his first general election on 20 November 2001 and became the Prime Minister of a minority government consisting of Venstre (The Liberal Party) and Det Konservative Folkeparti (The Conservative People's Party), supported by Dansk Folkeparti (The Danish Peoples Party).

At the general election on 8 February 2005, Fogh Rasmussen retained government power, again supported by The Danish Peoples Party.