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KV13 – Municipal Elections

Group photo seminarDuring November 2013 more than fifty international guests were invited to participate in DIPD’s Study Tour on Danish Municipal Elections. During the inspirational study tour the participants got an insight to Danish local level democracy and political culture.

As part of the study tour the participants were invited for a two-day introductory seminar where key features of the Danish political system were discussed. The participants were then hosted by local Danish politicians with the purpose of observing the campaigning, the voting and the counting of the votes for the municipal election. Finally participants gathered for a ‘lessons learned’-seminar where they had time to reflect on their experiences and where the participants also had a chance to discuss how these lessons learned could be relevant in the very different local level political settings that the delegates are representing.

Film about the DIPD Study Tour and the Danish municipal elections

DIPD has together with Bread and Butter & Gunpowder Productions produced a 17-minute long film about the KV13 Study Tour. The film provides an insight into the tour, the DIPD partnerships and offers a good introduction to the Danish municipal elections.

Documents related to the KV13 Study Tour

Final Report from DIPD’s KV13 Study Tour

Read the welcome letter from DIPD’s director to our international guests.

KV13 DIPD Study Tour and Programme

Experiences from KV09

The Local Government Reform (in Brief) (by LGDK)

Introduction to Local Government Denmark (by LGDK)

The Parliamentary System of Denmark 2012 (By Folketinget)

Who’s Who in the Folketing August 2013 (By Folketinget)

Fact Sheet on the Danish Parliament. (By Folketinget)

Political Parties in Denmark. (By Folketinget)

Gender Perspectives on Danish Municipal Politics (By KVINFO)


“In Denmark local level elections are seen as being very important, both from a democratic and a governance point of view. Democratically because it offers citizens an opportunity to focus on the communities they know best. And from a governance point of view because many of the taxes paid by citizens are managed at the local level for public schools, maintenance of roads, health facilities and many more.”