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5. Participation

Last update: 28 November 2023

This chapter describes policies targeting young people's political participation and civic engagement in Denmark.

Denmark has no regular formal consultation body at state level, such as a youth parliament or a youth council. Nevertheless, there are several opportunities for young people to engage in decision-making processes, for instance via municipal youth councils or via a broad range of youth panels. Furthermore, student unions, pupil councils and youth associations are prevalent in Denmark. There are several pools of funding available to youth organisations at national and local level.

The voter turnout among young people has increased since the 2009 municipal and regional election. In the municipal and regional election in 2017, the voter turnout was 75.1% for the 18-year age group. In the 2019 general election, the voter turnout was 84.1 % for the 18-year age group. Numbers from the 2022 General Election divided on age are not (yet) released.