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Denmark - December 2022

Denmark forms bipartisan government led by Social Democrats

A rare bipartisan coalition, bridging the country’s traditional left-right political divide, has been formed following 42 days of negotiations after the 1 November general elections. The last centrist coalition in Denmark was formed in 1978 and lasted only eight months. Social Democratic leader Mette Frederiksen will continue to be Denmark’s Prime Minister, leading a coalition with two centre-right parties – the traditional Liberal Party and the newly formed Moderates. The coalition controls 99 of the 179-seat parliament. Out of the government’s 23 ministries, 11 will be led by Social Democrats, seven by the Liberals and five by the Moderates. The cabinet consists of 15 men and eight women. The new government has planned to introduce reforms to its welfare model such as big tax cuts and abolishing a public holiday in order to boost productivity and increase labour supply. It additionally planned to accelerate defense spending to meet NATO’s target of 2 per cent of GDP and set firmer climate change objectives.

Sources: Associated Press, Euractiv, The Wall Street Journal

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