U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices 1997 - Denmark
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||30 January 1998|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices 1997 - Denmark, 30 January 1998, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aa301c.html [accessed 19 May 2013]|
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Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, January 30, 1998.
DENMARKDenmark is a constitutional monarchy with parliamentary democratic rule. Queen Margrethe II is Head of State. The Cabinet, accountable to the unicameral Parliament (Folketing), leads the Government. A minority three-party coalition took office in September 1994 following national elections, but with the December 1994 withdrawal of the Center Democrats, only the Social Democrats and Radical Liberals remained. The judiciary is independent. The national police have sole responsibility for internal security. The civilian authorities maintain effective control of the security forces. Denmark has an advanced, market-based industrial economy. One-half of the work force is employed in the public sector. The key industries are food processing and metal working; A broad range of industrial goods is exported. The economy provides residents with a high standard of living. The Government generally respects the human rights of its citizens, and the law and judiciary provide effective means of dealing with instances of individual abuse.