Christiansborg Palace and Børsen

Christiansborg Palace, the seat of Rigsdag

The Rigsdag is the national legislative assembly and the supreme decision-making body in the United Kingdom of Scandinavia. The Rigsdag is bicameral legislature with a total of 806 members, consisted of an upper house (the Landsting) and a lower house (the Folketing). The Rigsdag is located in Christiansborg Palace, on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen.

The Landsting ("State Assembly") is currently consisted of 225 members. Of that total 235, it consists of 37 hereditary members from the Scandinavian noble houses, 95 members are appointed for life, 28 members are appointed for eight years by the Monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister, called the Herres; and 65 members that indirectly elected by county and city councilors every four years. The Folketing ("People’s Assembly"), is consisted of 581 members that directly elected by universal suffrage based on party-list proportional representation for a maximum four-year term.

Legislative bills are submitted by the Government to the Folketing or by a member of the Folketing. Members of the Landsting are not permitted to propose legislation by themselves. If it is passed by the Folketing, the bill would be sent to the Landsting for review or revision. Most bills, however, are passed unamended by the Landsting and then sent directly to the Monarch for royal assent.

If the Landsting amends the Folketing's decision, the bill will be sent back to the Folketing. If the Folketing approves the Landsting's amendments, the bill will be signed into law by the Monarch. If not, then the bill will be returned to the Landsting. If the Landsting still proposes amendments, the bill will be submitted to a plenary session of the Rigsdag. In order to be passed, the bill should have an approval of a two-thirds majority of the plenary session.

The Folketing can casts a vote of no confidence against any single cabinet minister, thus forcing a resignation. If a vote of no confidence is casted against the Prime Minister, it means the entire government is rejected. This vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister must got an approval of an absolute majority from the Landsting in order to be valid. The government has one week to call for a general election or else the procedure of nominating a new Prime Minister starts anew.

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