Local government with many tasks
Denmark is a small Nordic country with approximately 5.76 million inhabitants. We are renowned for our stable democracy, freedom of speech, good working- and welfare relations, active associational life, as well as safe and green surroundings. All these conditions rank the citizens in Denmark as being among the happiest in the world.
Administratively and geographically, Denmark is divided into 5 regions and 98 municipalities. The state with the Danish Parliament and the Government are in charge of the legislative work and the general national tasks, i.a. the defence, the police, TAX, motorways, and the biggest cultural institutions. Regions and municipalities take care of most of the close to home tasks of the citizens.
The main tasks of the regions are hospitals, health care, psychiatry, and regional planning.
The main task of the municipalities is among others children and young people, including childcare and education, the social area, including care of the elderly and handicapped, benefits for the sick and socially marginalized, employment and integration, technology and environment, as well as industrial development.
Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality - the biggest in the Country
Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality is located in the Central Jutland Region with the North Sea bordering to the west. With an area covering 1,489 square kilometres, Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality is geographically the biggest municipality in Denmark. The municipality has around 57,000 inhabitants. By comparison, it can be mentioned that the Capital of Copenhagen only covers 89 square kilometres, but is the most populous area with around 602,500 inhabitants.
The Region of Central Jutland is the biggest both as regards the number of inhabitants and area. Around 1.3 people live in the region covering an area of approximately 13,000 square kilometres. On the WEBSITE of the region you will be able to find information in English about the tasks of the regions, i.a. hospitals and regional development, as well as supplementary information about for instance patient rights in several other languages.
The River Skjern Å forms the only river delta, in Denmark at the mouth of Ringkøbing Fjord Foto: rksk.dk