On November 21, the Municipal and Regional elections are being held across Denmark. More than 360,000 internationals are eligible to vote. Up until the election, we will publish Q&As with the mayoral candidates in the Copenhagen Municipal election. Sadly, we don't have space to cover the five regional elections, or the contests in the other 97 municipalities around Denmark. But we hope that these answers will offer insights into how the parties think

Lets start with ‘the rest’. There are 251 candidates from 26 different parties running in the election. They are vying for 55 seats, which are allocated proportionally, meaning that few stand a realistic chance of being represented in City Hall.

To prevent lost votes, parties can join together in electoral alliances that pools votes together. This total pool is then allocated a number of seats, which is then divided between the members of the electoral alliance.

This means that small parties that don’t stand a chance of winning a seat can effectively give their votes to larger parties they are aligned with.

Below is a list of parties and their electoral alliance in parentheses. For example, Socialdemokratiet, whose letter is A, is in the electoral alliance A+B which means they pool their votes with the Radikale Venstre.

Where possible, we have provided a link to the party’s respective website.

A – Socialdemokratiet – (A+B)
B – Radikale Venstre – (A+B)
C – Det Konservative Folkeparti – (C+D+I+K+O+V)
D – Nye Borgerlige – (C+D+I+K+O+V)
E – Christiania-Listen – (E+F+J+M+Q+R+Ø)
F – SF – Socialistisk Folkeparti – (E+F+J+M+Q+R+Ø)
G – Kærlighedspartiet – (Regnbuefolket / Befri Christiania) – (G+H)
H – En Død Hest – (G+H)
I – Liberal Alliance – (C+D+I+K+O+V)
J – Hampepartiet – (E+F+J+M+Q+R+Ø)
K – Kristendemokraterne – (C+D+I+K+O+V)
L – Lavere skatter og afgifter
M – Byrådslisten – (E+F+J+M+Q+R+Ø)
N – Nationalpartiet
O – Dansk Folkeparti – (C+D+I+K+O+V)
P – Stram Kurs
Q – Feministisk Initiativ – (E+F+J+M+Q+R+Ø)
R – Kommunisterne i København – (E+F+J+M+Q+R+Ø)
T – Schiller Instituttets Venner
U – Sunshine Partiet
V – Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti – (C+D+I+K+O+V)
Y – Det Tavse Flertal
Z – Fabeldyret – Livstidspræsident
Æ – Dovne Robert
Ø – Enhedslisten – De Rød-Grønne – (E+F+J+M+Q+R+Ø)
Å – Alternativet

Dansk Folkeparti

Carl Christian Ebbesen – Danish People’s Party (DF)

Editor’s note: DF is the only party in the Danish Parliament to oppose the current voting rights enjoyed by international’s in Denmark. On November 8, party leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl wrote on Facebook: “Of course immigrants shouldn’t be allowed to to stand or vote in Danish elections. We should be masters of our own home! Agree? Give us 👍”.

What is the biggest challenge facing Copenhagen today?

Gang crime is completely out of control. Young men, primarily from the immigrant community, are driving around and shooting at each other and often hitting innocent residents. It needs to be stopped immediately. But the gang war arises from the parallel societies that have developed in marginalised communities, and that challenge needs to be addressed. We should never accept closed communities where the children don’t go to ordinary Danish primary schools, and instead are sent to dubious Muslim private schools of a religious and orthodox character. Nor should we accept men and women with foreign ethnic backgrounds remaining at home and drawing unemployment benefits. They need to get back into the labour market.

What can City Hall do to reduce gang crime?

It is primarily a job for the police. But politicians in Parliament also need to address the issue and increase the criminal penalties so that we can get the worst and most criminal elements deported from Denmark, like the leader of the Loyal To Familia gang. The role of Copenhagen Municipality is to place demands on immigrants so that they participate actively in Danish society, abandon their parallel societies, and be prepared to take on work. That applies to both men and women.

Are climate and environmental issues prioritised highly enough by City Hall?

I can calmly answer yes to that. We have a plan to be CO2 neutral by 2025, a massive investment on public transport – notably the Metro Cityring that is opening in 2019 – as well as a bicycling culture that is admired around the world. At the same time, we can swim in clean water in the city centre. It’s a completely unique capital. Copenhagen has several times in the past few years been named the world’s ‘most liveable city’.

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What can be done to make Copenhagen a better city for businesses and entrepreneurs?

Copenhagen is undergoing rapid development and has over the years been the catalyst for the entire Greater Copenhagen region and the rest of the country. But we can become even better. We need to listen to the wishes of the private sector. We have many creative businesses that we are doing a lot to support. We have just launched a new plan for the area under the Bispeengbuen motorway, where interested actors can create a cultural food market. We know that creative businesses don’t just create experiences, but also create more businesses in the city. If it were solely up to me, we would do even more. We know, for example, that skilled labourers experience trouble when they work in Copenhagen. They pay hundreds of kroner in parking tickets every day – that is, if they are lucky enough to find a parking space near their clients. That is not fair to anyone. That is why I propose that labourers or any other business that is dependent on car transport should be able to park for free in Copenhagen.

What can be done to better support the city’s most marginalised citizens?

We sadly have large problems with foreign homeless sleeping on our streets. They live a wretched existence, unlike anything we have witnessed before. It’s a sad development that requires new solutions. We therefore need more opportunity to send homeless foreigners back to their home countries. But this requires that EU laws on free movement be tightened. That is why I am pleased that this is an area that my party DF is focussed on in Parliament. Danish homeless are helped by our special unit for homelessness, who help them toward a permanent living situation. They do so through making contact on the street, in hostels and in crisis centres. Homeless are also allowed to contact the unit themselves, and receive advice and guidance on their finances, housing, and other urgent social circumstances.

What are your party’s ambitions for the next four years?

We need to make Copenhagen safe again. In recent years we have witnessed a drastic increase in gang-related shootings and other serious crime. It is therefore a top priority for me and the Danish People’s Party that we take tough action until the problem is fixed. This will require more surveillance and for the police to be given more tools in the war against the gangs. On a brighter note, I will continue to work persistently toward ensuring that Copenhageners have more inviting cultural and recreational experiences. One concrete example is that we are investigating where we can establish new football pitches in Nørrebro, libraries in Østerbro and Valby, and much, much more. Copenhageners can trust that I will do everything in my power to improve opportunities to participate in culture and sport in Copenhagen.øbenhavn


By Peter Stanners

Co-founder and Editor-in-chief. Occasional photographer.

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