The Local and Regional Elections in Denmark are held every four years. Voting takes place this year on Tuesday 21st November. EU and Scandinavian nationals and people who have been living in Denmark for three years are eligible to vote.
On the evening of Thursday 26th October Connect Billund, in conjunction with Billund Library held an event to introduce internationals to how Danish democracy works.
Kirsten Helbo Willumsen, a local citizen spoke about Danish Citizenship in Practice; about growing up in Billund and the importance of being active in the local community and local politics.
There was a presentation The Danish model for Democracy: Municipal and Regional Elections by Christian Elmelund-Præstkær, Head of Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark (SDU). For his PowerPoint click here
Also all the local candidates for the election were invited along and they were given a few minutes to make a presentation to the audience. In order to prevent them overrunning their time slot, we had two helpers that gave them "gobstoppers" to stop them from talking ;-)
We also held a Facebook competition to encourage more participation and to spread awareness. Thanks to funding from Rådet for Etniske Minoriteter we were able to give out prizes: