Young Danes still believe in democracy 

Faith is declining globally, but Denmark is among a handful countries bucking the trend

The new ‘Youth and Satisfaction with Democracy’ report is dire reading for advocates of democracy. But not so much in Denmark. 

The report, published by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, showed that as faith in democracy declines worldwide, Denmark is among the few countries to stand apart.

Along with Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands, Denmark is among the few countries in which its youth is increasingly embracing democracy.

“The global decline in satisfaction with democracy among younger generations is being driven by four regions: southern Europe, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Anglo Saxon democracies, including Britain and the United States,” the report found.

“Other regions, however, show an improving trend, which can be seen notably in northern Europe, East Asia, and the post-communist democracies of the former Soviet Bloc.”

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Downward trajectory
Globally, 57.7 percent said that they didn’t have confidence in democracy as a form of government – a significant increase from 38.7 percent in 2005.

The report is based on the responses of about 4 million people aged 24-39 across 160 countries. 

Check out the entire report here (in English).