English › The 100th Anniversary of the amendment of the Danish Constitution › The Danish Parliament marks the anniversary of the Constitutional Act
This year, Denmark is celebrating the 1915 Constitutional Act which, among other things, enfranchised women. The amendment of the Constitutional Act meant that democracy was no longer the preserve of the few. Today the principles of equality, equal rights and democratic participation influence the daily lives of every Dane.The Danish Government and the Danish Parliament are marking the occasion with a joint national celebration which begins in the spring of 2015 and culminates in Constitution Weekend from 5-7 June. The celebration focuses on equality, democracy and participation in modern Denmark and will comprise a wide range of activities and initiatives:
● A logo and design concept for the entire celebration and a joint website, www.100aaret.dk, containing knowledge, information and debates about the anniversary and a calendar of activities and events throughout Denmark in connection with the anniversary.
● Celebration on 5 June 2015: official arrangement in the Landsting Hall and national celebration in the squares around Christiansborg to which the Danish Parliament and the Danish Government, in collaboration with Copenhagen Distortion and the Danish Women's Society, are inviting the public. Join on Facebook and/or read more here: 100th anniversary celebrated with a national festival at Christiansborg.
● Photo exhibition: five photographers have been invited to choose a theme that they will document in photos for an exhibition that opens in the Rigsdag Courtyard on 5 June.
● School elections 2015 – a realistically performed poll for all eighth and ninth form primary school pupils in Denmark. The poll was held on Thursday 29 January 2015, and pupils received poll cards and ballot papers and voting booths and ballot boxes were installed at all schools. There was a three-week course of teaching that took the form of a true-to-life election campaign up to the poll.
● PhD scholarship: financing a PhD scholarship in the form of a research project on democracy and equality under the auspices of the Danish Centre for Research on Women and Gender (KVINFO).
● A public subsidy pool of DKK 3.5m. The purpose of the pool is to heighten Danes' awareness of the development of democracy, of their constitutional rights and the importance of democratic participation. The pool has been distributed and is providing support for a large number of popular anniversary activities throughout Denmark.
For further information, please contact:
Søren VæverHead of Communication, Folketinget tlf. +45 33 37 34 01