Political Organisation in the Municipalities

Each municipality is led by a democratically elected council. Elections are held every 4th year. The number of politicians in each council depends on the size of the municipality and warys between 9 and 31 - always being an uneven number. The size of the council in the city of Copenhagen is, however, 55.

All Danes and citizens of the EU, Norway, and Iceland above the age of 18 years can offer themselves as candidates and vote at Danish municipal elections.

Each council elects a chairman among its members – the mayor. It is the mayor's duty to prepare, call and chair all meetings of the local council. Furthermore, the mayor is the chief executive of the local administration.

Each municipal council must set up a finance committee and ensure that either this committee or another permanent committee is given responsibility for the employment area. The mayor is the chairman of the finance committee.

The committee structure varies greatly across municipalities. However, municipalities often have a social services committee, a technical and environmental committee, and a committee for education and culture.

Every municipality has an administration that serves the municipal council and the committees. Normally, the administration has several departments, e.g. a technical department, a social and health services department, a finance department, and an education and culture department.