Copenhagen City Council

The Copenhagen City Council (Danish: Københavns Borgerrepræsentation) is the municipal government of Copenhagen, Denmark, and has its seat at Copenhagen City Hall.

Copenhagen City Council

Københavns Borgerrepræsentation
Type
Type
History
Founded1840 (1840)
Leadership
Lord Mayor
Structure
Seats55
Seat allotment (last updated 12 May 2020)
Political groups
Elections
Last election
16 November 2021
Meeting place
Kopenhagen stadhuis.jpg
Copenhagen City Hall, Copenhagen
Website
https://www.kk.dk
Copenhagen City Council chambers.

The city council is Copenhagen's highest political authority and sets the framework for the committees' tasks. The City of Copenhagen's government consists of an economic committee and six standing committees, each working in its own field.

The city council has 55 members (abbreviated MBs), and is chaired by the lord mayor (overborgmester),[1] who chairs the Economic Affairs Committee. The chairpersons of the six standing committees have the title of mayor (borgermester). The lord mayor, together with the six mayors and six members of the city council, make up the Economic Affairs Committee.[2] Unlike other Danish municipalities, the City of Copenhagen does not have deputy mayors, but a first and second vice-chair of the city council.

HistoryEdit

The forerunner of the Copenhagen City Council, the Council of 32 Men (Danish: Stadens 32 mænd), was established in 1660. The assembly primarily consisted of high-ranking citizens. In 1840, the city council was established by royal decree, consisting of 36 democratically elected members. This number was increased to 42 members in 1903. Later, in 1913, the city council was expanded to 55 members.[3]

CommitteesEdit

The seven committees are:[4]

Composition of the city councilEdit

Below are the municipal councils elected since 1909.

Election Party Total
seats
Elected
mayor
A B C D D E F G I K K N O P V Y Z Ø Å L
1909 20 5 16 1 42
1912 21 4 16 1
1913 27 5 22 1 55
1917 30 6 17 2
1921 33 4 16 2
1925 31 6 17 1
1929 35 4 16
1933 35 4 15 1
1937 37 5 11 2 Viggo Christensen (A)
1943 32 6 15 1 1
1946 27 3 11 11 2 1 Hans Peter Sørensen (A)
1950 28 3 12 6 6
1954 32 2 13 1 6 1
1958 29 3 14 1 5 3 Sigvard Munk (A)
1962 27 2 15 9 1 1 Urban Hansen (A)
1966 23 2 15 13 1 1
1970 31 5 11 5 1 1 1
1974 22 3 6 1 1 7 7 1 1 2 3 1
1978 26 1 8 1 1 3 5 1 5 3 1 Egon Weidekamp (A)
1981 22 3 8 1 7 2 2 8 2
1985 18 1 9 1 15 2 1 1 7
1989 20 1 6 2 13 2 1 2 2 4 2 Jens Kramer Mikkelsen (A)
1993 18 3 6 10 1 1 8 3 4 1
1997 17 3 5 1 8 6 1 6 7 1
2001 16 5 4 1 9 4 11 5
2005 21 7 3 7 3 8 6 Ritt Bjerregaard (A)
2009 17 5 4 13 4 6 6 Frank Jensen (A)
2013 16 6 3 6 2 4 7 11
2017 15 5 3 5 2 3 5 11 6
2021 10 6 8 1 6 1 1 5 15 2 Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (A)
Election A B C D D E F G I K K N O P V Y Z Ø Å L Total
seats
Elected
mayor
Party
Data from Kmdvalg.dk, Dst.dk and Sa.dk

City council chairsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Social- og Indenrigsministeriet (2019-01-15), Bekendtgørelse af lov om kommunernes styrelse (in Danish), retrieved 2021-12-01
  2. ^ "Borgerrepræsentationen". www.starbas.net (in Danish). Archived from the original on 2021-12-01. Retrieved 2021-12-01.
  3. ^ "Stadens 32 mænd". www.starbas.net (in Danish). Archived from the original on 2021-12-01. Retrieved 2021-12-01.
  4. ^ "Borgmestre i Københavns kommune". Københavns Kommune (in Danish). Archived from the original on 2022-01-03. Retrieved 2021-12-01.
  5. ^ "Formanden". raadhus.kk.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2021-12-01.

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