Kingdom of Denmark: Referendum, 3 December 2015
At stake in this election:
- This referendum will decide whether Denmark will replace the “opt-out” agreement with an “opt-in” agreement that will result in Denmark joining 22 European Union legislative acts.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: Queen MARGRETHE II (since 14 January 1972)
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Helle THORNING-SCHMIDT (since 3 October 2011)
- Assembly: Denmark has a unicameral Folketing (People’s Assembly) composed of 179 seats with members serving 4-year terms.
- For the referendum to be valid, a minimum of 30% of registered voters must participate in the vote. The referendum will pass with a simple majority vote.
Main provisions in the referendum:
- The referendum asks if voters support the change to an “opt-in” agreement with the European Union on 22 new pieces of legislation.
Population and number of registered voters:
· Population: 5,581,503 (July 2015 est.)
· Registered Voters: 4,145,105 (2015)
· Female Population: 2,831,484 (July 2015 est.)
· Is Denmark a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)
· Has Denmark ratified CEDAW: Yes (21 April 1983)
· Gender Quota: No
· Female candidates in this election: N/A
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 67 (37.43%)
· Human Development Index Position: 4 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
· Is Denmark a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
· Has Denmark ratified CRPD: Yes (24 July 2009)
· Population with a disability: 837,225
 There are two types of referendums in Denmark: Mandatory and optional. They both have the same requirements to pass.