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Danish Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights

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This post is part of a series highlighting the Law Library’s foreign law collections.

Kongeriget Danmarks Love (Laws of the Kingdom of Denmark) (1916), Photo by Elin Hofverberg.

A couple weeks ago, Jenny wrote about Germany’s “Day of the Basic Law,” which is celebrated on the anniversary of Germany’s constitution coming into force. I have also previously written about Syttonde Mai (May 17), the National Day or Constitution Day in Norway. Today, June 5, is Grundlovs Dag (Constitution Day) in Denmark, so I decided to commemorate this national holiday with a post about the great collection of Danish law materials held here at the Law Library of Congress.

Of course, we have several items related to the Danish Constitution, including a version of the Constitution that was published in 1895, and an English translation of the current Constitution from 1953. The original Constitution, which was signed by King Frederik VII on June 5, 1849, established the country as a constitutional monarchy, replacing the absolute monarchy system of government. An amendment to the Constitution on June 5, 1915, gave women the right to vote in national elections. In 1953 (also on June 5), the Constitutional Act was adopted, revising and updating the original Constitution of 1849.

Clearly June 5 is a date of great significance, and today we would all be justified in eating Danish delights such as smørrebrod and pølse, as well as making sure we have plenty of hygge, in addition to reading about some of the thousands of titles pertaining to Denmark in the Law Library’s collections. Highlights from the collection include:

The collection also includes recent titles in English, such as:

We also have items related to Greenland and the Faroe Islands, which are officially part of Denmark.

For select Danish legal news see the Law Library’s Global Legal Monitor.

Please visit us to use our collection or let us know if you need help finding anything related to Danish law.

Glad Grundlovsdag! (Happy Constitution Day!)


Update: This was originally published as a guest post by Elin Hofverberg. The author information has been updated to reflect that Elin is now an In Custodia Legis blogger.


  1. Thanks for this interesting article! Just one remark: The link to the volume “The history of Danish law : selected articles and bibliography” by Ditlev Tamm (Copenhagen 2011) is not correct, it should be .

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