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The Regions of Denmark were created on January 1, 2007 as part of the 2007 Danish Municipal Reform which created five new administrative units to replace the country's traditional thirteen counties (amter). At the same time, smaller municipalities (kommuner) were merged into larger units, cutting the number of municipalities from 270 to 98. The reform was implemented effective January 1, 2007. The most important area of responsibility for the new regions is the national health service. Each regional council consists of 41 members giving a total of 384 Council Members (2006). Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (500x611, 94 KB) Terms of use: All images are the property of Nordregio. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (500x611, 94 KB) Terms of use: All images are the property of Nordregio. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 2007 (MMVII) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Denmark is divided into 13 counties (amter), and 271 municipalities (kommuner): Copenhagen County comprise the municipalities in metropolitan Copenhagen, except Copenhagen Municipality and Frederiksberg Municipality. ... An Amt is a name for subnational administrative units used in some northern European countries. ... A commune is an administrative subdivision of various European and African countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Senegal, and the Scandinavian countries. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 2007 (MMVII) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The reform has been called the biggest reform in thirty years, and an important policy issue for the current Liberal-Conservative Danish cabinet, most importantly for Lars Løkke Rasmussen, minister of the Interior and Health. The abolition of the counties had long been an important goal for both the Conservatives and the Danish People's Party. In June 2004, the Danish People's Party decided to back the reform, thus securing a majority in the Danish parliament, Folketinget, although the party had preferred just abolishing the counties without replacing them with a new third administrative level (the other two being the government and the municipalities). The parties who wanted to limit the "power" of or abolish the second tier of government altogether, prevailed insofar as the regions have no authority to levy any taxes, unlike the former counties. The Regions are funded mainly by the central government, with some financing coming from the municipalities. A central government "Health Contribution" tax (Sundhedsbidrag) at 8.00% on the preliminary and final income statement forms will replace the "County" ("Amt") tax. Venstre (in Danish literally: Left) is the biggest political party in Denmark, ideologically based on free market Liberalism, now a right-of-centre party. ... The Conservative Peoples Party (Danish Det Konservative Folkeparti) is a Danish political party. ... Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen retained his parliamentary support in the 2005 Danish parliamentary election, and was able to continue as head of his government. ... Lars Løkke Rasmussen (born May 15, 1964) is a Danish politician representing the Liberal Party. ... The Conservative Peoples Party (Danish Det Konservative Folkeparti) is a Danish political party. ... The Danish Peoples Party (Danish: Dansk Folkeparti) is a nationalist political party in Denmark of declared topstyring (authoritarian, rule from the top, feudal). ... The Danish Peoples Party (Danish: Dansk Folkeparti) is a nationalist political party in Denmark of declared topstyring (authoritarian, rule from the top, feudal). ...

List of regions

Region Capital Population Area (km²) Pop. density
(per km²)
Present counties
Hovedstaden Hillerød 1,633,565 2,561 637.9 Copenhagen County and Frederiksborg, and the municipalities of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg and Bornholm
Midtjylland Viborg 1,219,741 13,053 93.4 Ringkjøbing, nearly all of Århus, the southern part of Viborg and the northern part of Vejle
Nordjylland Aalborg 576,802 8,020 71.9 North Jutland, the northern part of Viborg County and a small part of Århus County
Sjælland Sorø 811,511 7,273 111.6 Roskilde, Storstrøm, and Vestsjælland
Syddanmark Vejle 1,185,840 12,191 97.3 Fyn, Ribe, Sønderjylland and the southern half of Vejle County
Denmark Copenhagen 5,427,459 43,093 125.9 Entire country

A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... Region Hovedstaden (Danish Capital Region or Copenhagen Capital Region) is a future administrative region created under the Danish Municipal Reform, which replaces the traditional counties (amter) with five larger regions. ... Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerød, Denmark Hillerød is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Frederiksborg County in the north part of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. ... Københavns Amt (English: Copenhagen County) is a county in eastern Denmark, located on the island of Zealand, covering the municipalities in metropolitan Copenhagen except Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. ... Frederiksborgs Amt (English Frederiksborg County) is a county in eastern Denmark, on the north of the island of Zealand. ... Copenhagen (IPA: , rhyming with pagan (the way the Danes themselves pronounce the name of the capital in English), or , with a as in spa; Danish   IPA: ) is the capital of Denmark and the countrys largest city (metropolitan population 1,211,542 (2006)). It is also the name of the... Frederiksberg is a municipality of Denmark. ... Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea. ... Region Midtjylland (English: Region Central Jutland) is a future administrative region created under the Danish Municipal Reform, which replaces the traditional counties (amter) with five larger regions. ... Viborg, is a town located in central Jutland, Denmark. ... Ringkøbings Amt (English Ringkjøbing County) is a county in western Denmark, on the peninsula of Jutland. ... Ã…rhus Amt (English: Aarhus County) is a county in central Denmark, on the peninsula of Jutland. ... Viborg and Nyslott County was a county in Finnish Karelia 1634–1743, returned to Finland 1812–1944 under the name of Viborg County Viborgs Amt (English Viborg County) is a county in western Denmark, in the north-central part of the peninsula of Jutland. ... Vejles Amt (English Vejle County) is a county in southern Denmark, on the east coast of the peninsula of Jutland. ... Region Nordjylland (English: Region North Jutland) is a future administrative region created under the Danish Municipal Reform, which replaces the traditional counties (amter) with five larger regions. ... View of Aalborg railroad station from J.F. Kennedys Square, 2004 Aalborg (help· info) is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in North Jutland County on the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. ... Nordjyllands Amt (English North Jutland County) is a county in northern Denmark, on the peninsula of Jutland. ... Viborg and Nyslott County was a county in Finnish Karelia 1634–1743, returned to Finland 1812–1944 under the name of Viborg County Viborgs Amt (English Viborg County) is a county in western Denmark, in the north-central part of the peninsula of Jutland. ... Ã…rhus Amt (English: Aarhus County) is a county in central Denmark, on the peninsula of Jutland. ... Region Sjælland (English: Region Zealand) is a future administrative region created under the Danish Municipal Reform, which replaces the traditional counties (amter) with five larger regions. ... Sorø is a city in east Denmark, located in Sorø municipality on the island of Zealand. ... Roskildes Amt (English Roskilde County) is a county (Danish, amt) on the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. ... Storstrøms Amt (English Storstrøm County) is a county in southeast Denmark, on the islands of Zealand, Møn, Falster, Lolland and some minor islands. ... Vestsjællands Amt (English West Zealand County) is one of the 13 counties of Denmark. ... Region Syddanmark (English: Region South Denmark) is a new region created under the Danish Municipal Reform, which replaces the traditional counties (amter) with five larger regions as well as unites a number of smaller municipalities into larger units. ... Vejle as seen from Vejle Fjord Bridge Vejle – in IPA: – town in Denmark and site of the council of both Vejle municipality (kommune) and Vejle County (amt), located in southeast of Jutland peninsula. ... Fyns Amt (English: Funen County) is a county (Danish, amt) in central Denmark, comprising the islands of Funen, Langeland, TÃ¥singe, Ærø, and approximately 90 other islands, of which only 25 are inhabited. ... Ribes Amt (English Ribe County) is a county in southwest Denmark on the peninsula of Jutland. ... Sønderjyllands Amt (English: South Jutland County) is a county (Danish, amt) on the Jutland peninsula in southern Denmark. ... Vejles Amt (English Vejle County) is a county in southern Denmark, on the east coast of the peninsula of Jutland. ... Copenhagen (IPA: , rhyming with pagan (the way the Danes themselves pronounce the name of the capital in English), or , with a as in spa; Danish   IPA: ) is the capital of Denmark and the countrys largest city (metropolitan population 1,211,542 (2006)). It is also the name of the...

See also

Denmark is divided into 13 counties (amter), and 271 municipalities (kommuner). ... The countries and autonomous islands in the Nordic region have some similarly named subnational entities, although their translations into English may differ. ...

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