Hundreds of thousands of Danish expats unable to vote in 2022 General Election

Close to 250,000 are ineligible because they live abroad

Many Danes are denied the privilege (photo: J.M. Luijt)
November 1st, 2022 12:52 pm| by Loïc Padovani

There are about 250,000 expats with Danish passports all around the world, according to the Danes Worldwide organisation.

This estimation includes people under the age of 18, but it still means there are hundreds of thousands of Danes who won’t be involved in the democratic process today.

The law is strict, as only “Danish citizens who have permanent residence in Denmark, Greenland or the Faroe Islands and are at least 18 years of age are entitled to vote,” according to the law of the land.

There are exceptions though
But there are a few exceptions: 2,537 to be exact!

They are either Danes who left the country less than two years ago and have proof they are going to return, or they are employees of the Danish state who have been stationed abroad for less than eight years.

With this General Election likely to be very close, every vote is crucial!

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