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Until the abolishment of the bicameral system in 1953, the Landsting was the Upper Chamber of the Danish Parliament. The Landsting is located at the far end of an 80 metre long hall on the first floor of Christiansborg, with the Folketing (or former Lower Chamber of the Danish Parliament) located on the opposite end. Today, the former Upper Chamber is used primarily for parliamentary hearings and conferences.
There are 14 portraits of former Danish Prime Ministers hanging by the entrance of the former Upper Chamber. Danish Prime Ministers are entitled to commission a portrait following their term in office and active involvement in Danish politics. Each Prime Minister can choose his or her own artist, and therefore the portraits vary greatly in technique and style.
Anita May Jayasinghe