Constitution Day of Denmark

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AKA NameDanmark Grundlovsdag, Danmark Grundlovsdag
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2024 Date5 June 2024
2025 Date5 June 2025

Constitution Day of Denmark

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Constitution Day in Denmark, known as 'Grundlovsdag', honours the signing of the Danish Constitution and the birth of democracy in the country. It primarily serves as an occasion to celebrate and appreciate democratic rights and liberties, reflecting upon the principles of freedom of speech and assembly enshrined in the Danish Constitution. This day typically hosts political activities across the country, becoming a platform where political discussions take place and citizens revisit and reflect upon their democratic values and rights.

Constitution Day in Denmark originates from the signing of the first Danish Constitution on 5 June 1849. This day symbolises a historic transition from absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy thereby, laying the foundation for democratic governance. The Danish Constitution has been revised only once since its inception – on 5 June 1953, which also marked the recognition of women's suffrage. The day holds special relevance for the citizens, reinforcing their constitutional rights and fostering a sense of national unity and democratic pride.

Celebration of Constitution Day in Denmark is characterized by political gatherings and public debates, as well as special events at cultural institutions, organisations, and educational institutions. Political parties often organise meetings where members and supporters gather to discuss democratic values and principles, share ideas and engage in debates. Commemorative ceremonies, and flag-raising events at public spaces, embassies and diplomatic missions also take place. Many businesses and government offices close, providing citizens the opportunity to partake in these activities. Constitution Day occurs annually on the 5th of June.

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Top facts about Constitution Day of Denmark

  • Denmark has 406 islands, 7314km of coast line and only one land border with Germany.
  • The current monarch of Denmark is Queen Margrethe II who presides over Denmark and the autonomous regions of Greenland and the Faroe Island. She has been on the throne since 1972. Her son, Crown Prince Frederik is next in line to the throne.
  • The Danish Constitution consists of 89 sections, which are divided into 11 parts. The parts cover the general principles of the constitution, the executive, the legislative, the judicial, citizenship, church matters, etc.
  • Only Danish citizens have the right to vote and run for office in the Folketing (Danish Parliament), though all residents, including non-citizens, are guaranteed civil liberties.

Constitution Day of Denmark Top Things to Do

  • Take the day off! If you’re in Denmark most shops and workplaces close at noon so that political rallies and meetings can be held. The day is also Father’s Day in Denmark, so it is an opportune time to spend with family on this long summer day.
  • Meet your local politics representative. Constitution Day marks Denmark’s commitment to parliamentary democracy and is a great time to interact with a range of politicians from local representatives to high profile party leaders.
  • On Constitution Day, many Danes fly the Danish flag (Dannebrog) outside their homes or in public spaces. You can show your patriotism by doing the same.
  • Take the time to read and discuss the Danish constitution with others. You can organize a book club or discussion group to explore its principles, values, and historical significance.

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