The People's Parliament

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As every Danish citizen has a say in the way Denmark is governed, he or she also has a right to watch and follow the work of the Parliament. Therefore, citizens are free to attend sittings in the Chamber and open meetings such as public hearings or open consultations.

Citizens can also visit the Danish Parliament on a guided tour where Parliament Officers show visitors around Christiansborg and tell them about Danish democracy. In addition, open house events are arranged every year, attracting thousands of visitors.   

Picture: Night of Culture at Christiansborg 
 
Each year, the Danish Parliament opens its doors to visitors on a Friday evening in October during “Copenhagen Night of Culture”, an annual event where cultural institutions and other organisations offer a range of activities at night in an open-house setting. 
 
On this evening, visitors can take a peek behind the facade of Christiansborg Palace, and see where Members of Parliament (MPs) and parliamentary employees carry out their daily work. The political parties organise various events, and visitors will get the chance to meet some of the MPs. In addition, the Danish media's editorial offices at Christiansborg are open to the public. Night of Culture in the Danish Parliament is tremendously popular and attracts about 15,000 visitors every year. 
Picture: Citizenship Day at Christiansborg  

Since 2006, the Danish Parliament has hosted a special Citizenship Day open to all new Danish citizens. The purpose of this day is to mark that obtaining Danish citizenship is an important event, and to emphasise the short distance between MPs and citizens in Denmark. Therefore, a central feature of the day is a meeting with some of the MPs.  

Picture: Youth parliament 

The Youth Parliament is an event that takes place every other year. The purpose is to offer primary school pupils the opportunity to discover what it means to discuss politics and make decisions in a democracy. Pupils from various senior primary school classes send in their own Bills in advance. The Danish Parliament chooses the best of them, and 179 pupils are invited to take part in the Youth Parliament.

On the day of the Youth Parliament, the Bills are first discussed in a series of committees, and subsequently, each committee presents its Bill in the Chamber. The pupils then debate and vote for or against the Bills, and have the opportunity to put questions to some of the Government's Ministers.

Picture: TV from the Danish Parliament 

Following the work of the Danish Parliament does not require you to be physically present at Christiansborg. Instead, you can choose to watch the Parliament's own TV channel or visit its website for live debates and information.