Established during the Viking ages, the Commonwealth of Denmark is a major contributor to the European economy focusing majorly on the services and fishing industries.  In recent years, the Danish Commonwealth, partnered with the State of Norway, has taken a keen interest in the oil industry, producing more oil than any other European nation besides the Republic of Einland.  After continued prosperity under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Helena Jakobssen for the past 12 years, the Danish people elected her back into office giving her another 12 years to serve.  The Commonwealth of Denmark started out as the Kingdom of Bjarnesfjoerden, but later changed the name in order to incorporate Denmark’s new territorial possessions.  The Commonwealth is composed of the States of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Greenland and is also composed of the Territories of the Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands, the Aaland Islands, The Island of Flatholmen, and Danish Poland.

I. Basic Information

DANISH COMMONWEALTH  (DKC)

II. Vital Statistics

Sub-Region: North

Provinces (28):  Iceland, Denmark, Kaliningrad, Hammerfest, Troms, Bodo, Nonbotten-Vasterbotte, Sunskill, Jamtland-Dalama, Trondheim, Bergen, Lillehammer, Oslo, Karlstad, Borlange, Uppsala, Vasteras, Orebro, Stockholm, Norrkoping, Jonkoping, Goteborg, Malmo, Denmark, Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu, and Rovariemi.

Population: 22,612,700

Gross Domestic Product:  $649.420 bn

 

III. Government

Country Name

             Conventional Long Form:  The Commonwealth of Denmark

             Long Local Form: Det Danske Statssamfund

             Local Short Form: Danske Statssamfund

 

Country Motto: Frihet, Velstand, og Fred er All Dydig. – Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace are all virtous.

 

Government Type: Parliamentary Democracy

 

Independence: June 5, 1849

 

National Holiday: August 14 -  Commonwealth Day (The Day Denmark became a Commonwealth.)

 

Legal System: Civil  Law

 

Suffrage: 18  years, universal suffrage

Method of Election/Term Length:  LThe Statsminister is elected by popular vote with a 5 year term.  There is no term limit. 

 

Date of Last Election/Results: January 1, 2006

             Helena Jakobssen 59.3%;

             Christian Förvalds 28.7%

 

Date of Next Election: January 1, 2011

Text Box: Major Political Parties:  
Socialdemokraternapartiet (Social Democratic Party), 
Demokraternapartiet (Democratic Party), Groenpartiet (Green Party), 
Demokraterna for Nytt Dänemark (Democrats for a New Denmark), 
Din Røst Partiet (The Communist Party of Denmark), 
Feminisk Initiativ (The Feminist Initiative)

Political Pressure Groups:
	Earth Liberation Front

Legislature:
Landkongress
150 seats / 7-year terms

Last Election Date: January 1, 2006

Last Election Results: 	Landkongress – Socialdemokraterna 100 seats;  Feminisk Initiativ 1 seat; Demokraternapartiet 49 seats

Next Election Date: January 1, 2013 
Text Box: VI. Judiciary Text Box: Members of the Supreme Court:  6

Process through which Justices Come to Power:  Appointed by the High Chancellor.
Text Box: V. Legislative Branch
Text Box: VII. Foreign Policy
Text Box: International Organization Participation:
	The New Hanseatic League (NHL), 
	African Union Observer Status

Territorial Disputes:  North Sea Oil Rig Possessions (Akhtendum-Danish Commonwealth)

VIII. Economy

The Danish Commonwealth is an economically sound nation that mostly relies on its fishing and oil industries to keep itself above water. However, in recent years, the internet has provided a valuable alternative to the ever-dwindling supply of fish in the fisheries and has created a new market.  Agriculture is also prominent in the Kingdom is it is a high product of our way of life.  The Danish pride themselves on the fruits of the land as they provide a viable source of nutrition and delight to all who come across them.  The government has, in recent years, privatized a few industries, including the former-state-ran railroad system, which has not only saved the taxpayers money, but the government money as well.

GDP Growth Rate: 7%

 

GDP Per Sector:

             Agriculture: 38%

             Industry: 17%

             Services: 45%  

 

Unemployment Rate:

             Urban: 2.4%

             Rural: 2.4%

 

Percentage of Population Below the Poverty Line: 2%

             Urban: 0.55%

             Rural: 0.45%

 

Inflation: 1.9%

 

Electricity Production by Source:

             Fossil Fuels: 12%

             Hydro: 85%

             Nuclear: 2%
             Other:
1%

 

Nuclear Energy Capabilities: The Commonwealth currently possesses atomic energy, however, the process of refining and improving these mechanisms are underway.

 

Currency Name: The Kroner

 

Current External Debt: N/A

 

Current Creditor States: N/A

 

Head of State: High Chancellor Johann Per Stig

 

Head of Government: Prime Minister Helena Jakobssen,

Socialdemokraternapartiet (Social Democratic Party)

 

Cabinet:

• Herr Pår Dexe, Deputy Prime Minister & President of Landkongress
• Fru Hèlene Andersson, Ministerial Advisor to the Prime Minister
• Fru Göran Thomasson, Vice Ministerial Advisor to the Prime Minister

• Herr Christian Förvalds, Minister of Foreign Affairs
• Herr Johan Danskjàld, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
• Fru Brielle Anderssen, Minister of International Affairs
• Herr Kyler Olandssen, Minister of Kingdom Affairs

• Fru Louise Vikbladh, Minister of the People

• Herr Jöran Dårlandssen, Minister of Information

• Herr Thomas Bädstramson, Minister of Health
• Fru Cassandra Abrahamsson, Deputy Minister of Health

• Herr Jakob Anderssen, Minister of Finance
• Herr Sven Pjetersson, Deputy Minister of Finance

• Chief Justice Damien Feldssen, Minister of Justice
• Chief Justice Nicholas Lörenssen, Deputy Minister of Justice
• Chief Justice Lena Phillipsson, Minister of Corrections

• Herr Morgan Sommestad, Minister of Metropolitan Affairs
• Herr Håkan Hellström, Minister of Democratic Affairs
• Fru Felicia Mållensson, Minister of Metropolitan Quadrants & Neighbourhoods
• Fru Marit Ballenstrom, Minister of Gender Equality

• Herr Hölger Biège, Minister of Culture
• Fru Brooke Wyndham-Blyndssen, Minister of Sport and Leisure
• Herr Jakob Thorskjald, Minister of Preservation & Historical Development

• Brigadier General Kurt Ròskjald, Minister of Defence
• Admiral Leila Knutson, Deputy Minister of Defence

• Fru Lören Dexe, Minister of Education
• Herr Joakim Haraldsson, Deputy Minister of Education
• Fru Helena Malikssen, Minister of Early Start and Preschool Education
• Herr Ibraham Jakobssen, Minister of Upper Secondary Education
• Fru Eva Thörbjörnsdóttir, Minister of University Level Education

• Herr Johan Karlsson, Minister of Labour
• Herr Lian Gustavsson, Deputy Minister of Labour
• Herr Jakob Björn, Minister of Labour Equality

IV. Executive Branch

IX. Infrastructure

Ports and Harbors (14): Kaliningrad, Mariehamn, Thorshavn, Romo, Skagen, Anholt, Fano, Elsinjore, Nymon, Longyearbyen, Tromso, Stavanger, Hammerfest, Lamposaaret

 

Airports with Paved Runways: 6

 

Major International Airports:

Copenhagen International Airport, Mariehamn (Aland) International Airport, Thorshavn (Faroe Islands) International Airport, Godthab (Greenland) Regional Airport, Reykjavik (Iceland) International Airport, Kaliningrad International Airport, Stockholm International Airport, Oslo International Airport, and Helsinki International Airport.

X. Social Indicators

Life Expectancy at Birth

             Male: 75.49

             Female: 80.22

 

Total Fertility Rate: 1.74

 

Nationality

             Noun: Dane

             Adjective: Danish

 

Ethnic Groups:  Danish, Inuit, Faroese, Polish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

 

Religions: Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%

Languages:

             Danish,

             Faroese,

             Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect),

             Norwegian,

             Finnish,

             Swedish,

             Icelandic, and

             Polish. 

Note: English is the predominate second language.

 

Literacy (definition — age 15 and older can read and write):                     Total Population: 99%

             Male: 99%

             Female: 99%

 

HIV/AIDS

Adult Prevalence Rate: 0.2%

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 5000

Deaths in the Past Year: Fewer than 100

 

Major Infectious Diseases/Risk:  None            

XI. Military

Military Branches: Den Armén (The Army), Den Marinien (The Navy), Den Hjemmeværn (The Home Guard), Den Hemmelig Beskytter (The Secret Guard), The Air Command, The Udenriksbeskytter (The Foreign Guard),  and the Udlaedigbeksytter (The Customs & Border Patrol Guard).

 

 

Military Service:  Compulsory, Minimum age for service is 18.

 

Manpower avail. for military service:

             7,386,972

 

Military Expenditures per Year: $9,483.29 billion dollars

 

Military Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP: 1.5%

 

Weapons of Mass Destruction:

             Nuclear: Yes/Few

             Chemical: None

             Biological: None

XII. Transnational Disputes

Territorial Disputes: None

 

Non-Territorial Disputes: North Sea Oil Rig Possessions (Akhtendum-Danish Commonwealth)

Updated:  August 23,  2006

AU Member

Annual Surplus (Exports)

Current National Demand (Imports)

The Honorable Helena Jakobssen

Prime Minister

Oil

 

7010

Uranium

 

Machinery

67040

Gas (Natural)

 

5540

Gold

 

Vehicles

1430

Petro Products

 

960

Diamonds

 

Man. Goods

202700

Medicine

 

 

Minerals

51840

Consumer Goods

2228

Perfume

 

 

Textiles

20740

Tobacco

 

Chemicals

 

3547

Foodstuffs

16460

Wine

17050

Livestock

 

1020

Cotton

 

Vanilla

(& Other Spices)

 

Coffee

 

 

Timber

527070

Sugar

 

Tea

 

 

Flowers

 

Fish

8290

Cocoa

 

 

 

Services:

Tourism

29500

Oil

 

7010

Uranium

 

Machinery

67040

Gas (Natural)

 

5540

Gold

 

Vehicles

1430

Petro Products

 

960

Diamonds

 

Man. Goods

202700

Medicine

 

 

Minerals

51840

Consumer Goods

2228

Perfume

 

 

Textiles

20740

Tobacco

 

Chemicals

 

3547

Foodstuffs

16460

Wine

17050

Livestock

 

1020

Cotton

 

Vanilla

(& Other Spices)

 

Coffee

 

 

Timber

527070

Sugar

 

Tea

 

 

Flowers

 

Fish

8290

Cocoa

 

 

 

Services:

Tourism

29500