Dec. 3, 2015 Held


Kingdom of Denmark



Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,990,261
Valid Votes:2,934,299
Invalid Votes:55,962

Referendum Vote Share

Do you support the change to an "opt-in" agreement with European Union?




Election Results Modified: Jun 21, 2024

General Information

Kingdom of Denmark: Referendum, 3 December 2015

At stake in this election:

  • This referendum will decide whether Denmark will replace the “opt-out” agreement with an “opt-in” agreement that will result in Denmark joining 22 European Union legislative acts.  

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen MARGRETHE II (since 14 January 1972)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Helle THORNING-SCHMIDT (since 3 October 2011)
  • Assembly: Denmark has a unicameral Folketing (People’s Assembly) composed of 179 seats with members serving 4-year terms.

Electoral requirements:

  • For the referendum to be valid, a minimum of 30% of registered voters must participate in the vote. The referendum will pass with a simple majority vote.[1]

Main provisions in the referendum:

  • The referendum asks if voters support the change to an “opt-in” agreement with the European Union on 22 new pieces of legislation.

Population and number of registered voters:

·         Population: 5,581,503 (July 2015 est.)

·         Registered Voters: 4,145,105 (2015)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 2,831,484 (July 2015 est.)

·         Is Denmark a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Denmark ratified CEDAW: Yes (21 April 1983)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: N/A

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 67 (37.43%)

·         Human Development Index Position: 4 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Denmark a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Denmark ratified CRPD: Yes (24 July 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 837,225




[1] There are two types of referendums in Denmark: Mandatory and optional. They both have the same requirements to pass. 

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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