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Denmark

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The Danish Parliament

Oversight

Data on parliament’s oversight role and activities

Oversight tools

Parliament has the power to summon members of the government
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Section 53 of the Constitutional Act
Parliament has the power to summon senior government officials
Parliament has the power to approve key government appointments Key government appointments include, for example, ambassadors or the head of the central bank.
Approximate number of government appointments subject to parliamentary approval
0
Number of written questions asked, per year
Not available
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Number of written questions answered by the government, per year
Not available
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Parliament has power to carry out inquiries
Yes
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
According to the Constitutional Act of Denmark, the Parliament may set up parliamentary commissions consisting of MPs to investigate important issues. However, this option is rarely used. Instead, when a matter needs to be investigated, the Government and the Parliament frequently set up a commission of inquiry headed by a judge.
Number of parliamentary inquiries, per year
Not available
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Head of State and/or Government

Head of State and/or Government
Parliament’s role in the designation of the Head of Government Some parliaments elect the Head of Government or approve the nomination for the Head of Government. Others do not play a role.
Other (please specify)
Notes
The Constitutional Act of Denmark includes no provisions on the formation of a Government. The Danish system of government is known as negative parliamentarism, which means that the Government and the Head of Government may never have a majority against them in the Parliament, but it is not required to have the support of an actual majority.
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Legal custom
The Head of Government is also the Head of State
No
Parliament’s role
Parliament’s role in the designation of the Head of State Some parliaments designate the Head of State or approve the nomination for the Head of Government. Others do not play a role.
Parliament does not play a role
Notes
Constitutionally Denmark is a monarchy and succession to the throne is regulated by the Act of Succession.
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Act of Succession; The Constitutional Act (S. 9).

Impeachment and confidence motions

Procedure for parliament
There is a procedure for parliament to dismiss or impeach the following persons/institution There is a procedure to dismiss or impeach the following persons/institution: Not applicable (there is no procedure); The whole Government; The Head of Government; The Head of State; Individual members of the Executive; Other (please specify)
The whole Government
Individual members of the Executive
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
The Constitutional Act (S. 16)
Impeachment Role
There is a procedure for parliament to express no confidence in the following persons/institution There is a procedure for parliament to express no confidence in the following persons/institution: Not applicable (there is no procedure); The whole Government; The Head of Government; Individual members of the Executive; Other (please specify)
The whole Government
The Head of Government
Individual members of the Executive
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
The Constitutional Act (S. 15)
Chambers that play a role in motions of no confidence In bicameral parliaments: Chambers that play a role in motions of no confidence: Lower chamber; Upper chamber; Not applicable
Not applicable
Parliament is automatically dissolved when a motion of no confidence is adopted In some countries, the adoption of a motion of no confidence in the Government automatically leads to the dissolution of Parliament in certain countries. In other cases, a new government can be formed.
No