Kanslergade Agreement

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The Kanslergade Agreement (IPA: [ˈkanˀslɐˌɡæːðə]; Danish: Kanslergadeforliget) was a 1933 political agreement, which laid the foundation for the Danish welfare state. It was enacted by the government of Prime Minister Thorvald Stauning. The Kanslergade Agreement is named for Kanslergade, the Copenhagen street where Stauning's apartment was located (as it was negotiated in the Prime Minister's apartment).

The agreement was reached by Stauning's government, consisting of his own Social Democratic Party and their coalition partner the Social Liberal Party, as well as the main opposition party the Liberal Party, on 30 January 1933. The Kanslergade Agreement set in motion the reforms that would establish the Nordic model for state welfare services in Denmark. It expanded labor rights, devalued the krone, and extended state subsidies to farmers. Charges for social services were also fixed to affordable levels. As part of the agreement, the Liberal Party withdrew its objections to the social welfare model advocated by the government.

The agreement was, at the time, the most extensive agreement yet in Danish politics, with the possible exception of the 1894 budget agreement.[1]


  1. ^ Skou, Kaare R. (2005). Dansk politik A-Å (in Danish). Aschehoug, pp. 367-68. ISBN 87-11-11652-8.