Facts about DenmarkThe police in Denmark, in the Faroe Islands and in Greenland constitute one nationalforce, employed directly by the state.Denmark
The area of Denmark covers 43,000 square kilometres, which means that it is the smallestcountry in Scandinavia. Denmark has 5.4 million inhabitants, whoevery summer take pleasure in the fact that most of the country is surrounded by water along7,300 kilometres of coast, apart from a 68 kilometre long frontier with Germany.Overall political decisions are taken at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen,which houses the Government and the 179 democratically elected members of the Folketing(Danish Parliament). At least every four years, the Prime Minister must call ageneral election.Denmark is divided into fi ve geographical regions. It is their responsibility, among otherthings, that hospitals and the general public health system function optimally. Denmark is,furthermore, divided into 98 municipalities where local decisions are taken regarding forexample childcare, schools, elderly care and construction works.Denmark is a member of the European Union (EU), the United Nation (UN) and the defencealliance NATO.
OrganisationThe police in Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland constitute one nationalforce, employed directly by the state. The Minister for Justice, who is the chief policeauthority, exercises his powers through the National Commissioner, and theCommissioners of the police districts.
There are approximately 11,000 police ofﬁ cials in Denmark. They serve with the DanishNational Police, in Greenland, in the Faroe Islands and with the 12 police districts that coverthe whole country.