Visit to the Danish Parliament
Christiansborg Palace, where nowadays the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) is situated, had been suffering from fire and other destruction for many centuries. But finally, in 1918 the present look of it was built in neo-baroque style. However, as some people might say, a bad karma and fate made its evil deal, and in 1992 one part of the Palace was ruined by fire again. Anyway, Danish сitizens used to call this place “the cradle of democracy”.
The Parliament consists of 179 members and there were two Chambers until the Constitutional reform in 1953 when the members of the Upper Chamber, mainly large estate owners, were kicked away.
Eventually, during our guided tour on 25th of January, arranged especially for the NFGL members of Lund University, we were informed that the Danish democracy could be quite cruel sometimes. E.g., once the issue of a protection of children’s rights was debating, and there were a lot of elderly people who had come to support the reform. This discussion was so hot that old started shouting and the Parliament staff had to call police… Can you imagine how equipped and well-armed the policemen were when arrived to the Parliament to detain… these infirm protestors! :))
Another occasion happened when the MPs were talking upon the right of … birds in cages! One visitor just let birds fly and… they… craped on the heads of the MPs… That was really funny for media, but not for MPs and Green peace activists :) So, yes, this is called Danish democracy! :)
Afterwards, we also visited the Tower of Christiansborg, the highest tower in the city, which was built in 1928.
Comparing to other two parliaments I’ve already visited in Sweden and Germany, the most democratic, in my opinion, is Swedish Riksdag. Danish Folketinget I would put to the second place, and German Bundestag – to the third (because you can only visit a roof there…).
But if you wanna arrange your tour to these places, it is very easy to do, just write an e-mail to a contact person:
firstname.lastname@example.org – German Bundestag
email@example.com – Danish Folketinget
firstname.lastname@example.org – Swedish Riksdag.
The Head of the Board of the NFGL network in Lund