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Klujeff: Question on Opening Addresses

According to the Danish constitution, the Prime Minister must on the first assembly of the Danish parliament each year “give an account of the general state of the kingdom and of the government’s intended actions.” The address is called “Åbningstalen” (the Opening Address). The idea of an annual political address could very well have been have imported from the United States where the State of the Union Address has a similar purpose (the president “shall from time to give to the Congress information on the state of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”) According to Campbell and Jamieson (Presidents Creating the Presidency 2008), the State of the Union Address is characterized by three generic elements 1) public meditations on values, 2) assessments of information and issues, and 3) policy recommendations. The same elements can be found the Danish Opening Address. I wonder if other European nations have institutionalized a similar kind of address. Can anyone perhaps enlighten me?


Marie Lund Klujeff
Aarhus University, DK