Your right to vote in elections in Denmark depends on the type of election and your citizenship.
Democracy is based on joint decisions. When you use your right to vote, you take responsibility in relation to society and your fellow human beings.
When you vote in an election, you participate in electing the political candidates, and you get influence on decisions which affect your life.
Show up on Election Day and cast your vote. Your vote does make a difference!
Municipal and regional elections
Members of municipal councils and regional councils are elected during elections held every four years. These elections take place on the third Tuesday in November in the election year. The timing of municipal and regional elections is laid down in the Municipal and Regional Elections Act.
If you are a Danish citizen, a citizen of an EU Member State or a citizen of Iceland or Norway, you will be entitled to vote in municipal and regional elections if you are above 18 years of age and permanently reside in the municipality/region.
If you are a citizen of a country other than those mentioned above, you will not be entitled to vote until you have been permanently residing in Denmark for a period of four years.
You will not be entitled to vote in municipal and regional elections if you are a:
- Foreign national on tolerated stay,
- Foreign national who has been expelled from Denmark through a final deci-sion or judgement (under Sections 22 – 25(c) of the Danish Aliens Act), or a
- Foreign national staying in Denmark in order to serve a sentence, etc. im-posed by an international criminal court.
Persons who are entitled to vote in municipal and regional elections are automatically registered in the electoral register.
If you have any questions about your participation in an election, you must contact the municipality in which you live.
You can also read more about municipal and regional elections at:
The legal basis for elections to the Folketing is set out in the Danish Constitution and the Act on elections to the Folketing. You can find them under Related information.
The legal basis for municipal and regional elections is set out in the Act on municipal and regional elections. You can find it under Related information.
The legal basis for elections in Denmark to the European Parliament is set out in the Act on election of Danish members to the European Parliament. You can find it under related information.
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