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Political Development

As an ancient realm, Denmark has experienced many forms of government. The feudal monarchy consisted of a nominally elected (but usually hereditary) king, who shared power with the principal nobles in the Privy Council (Rigsråd). This arrangement gave way in the seventeenth century to a rigidly absolutist monarchy formalized by the Royal Act of 1665. The king was the sole political authority until the adoption of Denmark's first modern constitution in 1849. In practice, the absolute monarchs varied greatly in their governing ability, and all of them relied on a growing corps of civil servants to manage the realm.

The late eighteenth century saw a series of reforms in agriculture, including the abolishment of serfdom in 1788; social welfare reforms in 1799; and education reforms in 1814. In 1834 the king permitted "advisory" regional assemblies; consequently, when parliament was established in 1849, the foundations for broad political participation had already been...

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