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Danish Youths are Political Champions

Danish youth aged 15-29 secure a lead position in the OECD ranking of political engagement. According to the survey, 25% of the youth in OECD countries do not care for politics at all. But in Denmark, the political engagement among youth is the biggest of all the countries: only 7% of Danish youth remain utterly uninterested in politics.

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Toward Democratic Municipal Elections in Myanmar

The landmark elections in November 2015, ushered in democratic parliamentary elections at the national level, an important stage in Myanmar’s democratic transition. At the local government level, however, considerable opportunities for electoral reform remain, as Myanmar citizens continue their struggle to re-establish democracy after a long hiatus. To respond to the democratic shortcomings in municipal/township elections, municipal governments around the country are considering a range of reforms in preparation for upcoming municipal elections.

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How to include the citizens of the world’s youngest democracy?

The Democratic Development in Bhutan

How to include the citizens of the world’s youngest democracy?


– followed by a reception

Kvarterhuset Amagerbro, Jemtelandsgade 3, 2300 København S.

Panel debate between leading politicians from the five political parties of Bhutan

With participation of Rasmus Helveg Petersen

(Former Minister and Member of Parliament and Director of DIPD from 1. January 2017)

In 2008, Bhutan decided to transition from enlightened autocracy to parliamentarianism governed by a constitutional monarch. This process was initiated by the fourth king of Bhutan, in 2005.The election in 2008 gave the party, DPT, 45 of the 47 seats, hence a strong political dominance. Come the election in 2013, power shifted to the opposition party, PDP, who secured 35 of the 47 seats.

The democratic transition of Bhutan has been uniquely peaceful. However, there are still challenges to the continued democratic development of the country. Challenges that lies in engaging of the citizens in the new democratic culture and processes. E.g. there is a severe underrepresentation of women in the elected offices, even though more women than men are registered to vote and practice their right as well. According to the constitution, only two parties are allowed in parliament – the governing party and the opposition. Furthermore all candidates to political office must be between 25 and 65 years of age and hold a bachelor’s degree.

The Danish-Bhutanese Friendship Association and the Danish institute for Parties and Democracy are hosting a public panel debate on citizen involvement, election legislation, the definition of democracy and much more. Representatives from all the political parties are in Denmark at the moment, hosted by DIPD, in order to gather inspiration on the democratic development and democratic dialogue.

The meeting will be in English and is open for all. Participation is free, but you should register at or For more information, visit or

The Danish-Bhutanese Friendship Association in cooperation with Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy