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Attend the Danish Parliament sessionin Copenhagen, Denmark

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A number of seats in the visitor's gallery are limited.
How to attend the Danish Parliament session in Copenhagen
Danish Parliament (Folketing) consists of 179 members that are selected by voting every four years. Its main tasks are passing laws, adopting the state's budgets, controlling the government and taking part in international activities.

You can communicate with the Parliament members during some cultural events and open briefings which take place in Christiansborg Palace. What is more, you can watch them working during the plenary sessions.

Citizenship Day in Copenhagen, Copenhagen
Photo: Citizenship Day in Copenhagen, © The Copenhagen Post

How to do?

1. Danish Parliament sits in session in Christiansborg Palace that is in the centre of Copenhagen. You can get here by any means of transport: bus №№ 9A, 991, 992 (Det Kgl. Bibliotek stop), by metro (Christianshavn station), by train (Københavns Hovedbanegård the main railway station).

The visitors enter the parliament building through the tiny door in the left wing of the stairs, Copenhagen
Photo: The visitors enter the parliament building through the tiny door in the left wing of the stairs

2. At the guest entrance, on the side of Rigsdagsgården Street, pull a doorbell - ask the servant how many seats there are left in the visitors' gallery. At the entrance to the parliament you'll be security checked - come here in advance (15 minutes before the session). In the hall there is a cloak room - to use it insert a 20-krone coin.

3. The duration of the session depends on the Parliament's agenda (about one hour). Ask the guide about the rules of behaviour and taking pictures during the session.

Where to do?

#3Christiansborg PalaceChristiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace used to be the royal residency, now (since 1859) the Danish Parliament sits in sessions here.

When to do?

The Parliament sits in session from October till the mid of June on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1pm, on Thursday and Fridays - at 10am.

Tips and hints

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