The abolition of the counties had long been an important goal for both the Conservatives and the Danish People's Party.24 June 2004 the Danish People's Party decided to back the government's proposal for a structural reform of the public sector, thus securing a majority in the Danish parliament (Folketing), although the party had preferred just abolishing the counties without replacing them with a new intermediate administrative level (the other two being the central government and the municipalities).In 2012 this tax was lowered to 7%, 2013 6%, 2014 5%, 2015 4%, 2016 3%, 2017 2%, 2018 1%.
Therefore, they do not pay the health care tax levied by the central government from 1 January 2007 and did not pay the tax levied by the counties prior to 2007 or any municipal taxes.
Their representative organisation Danske Regioner was set up 23 March 2006. The regions have the same layout as the five State Administrations (Danish: Statsforvaltninger; singular: Statsforvaltning) (See below). Area of water in Denmark:500 to 700 square kilometers (193-270 square miles). Note: Numbers for the year 2006 are pro forma to be a reference, an example, to compare (neighboring) regions and changes in population numbers when the economy was expanding, growing as opposed to when it was contracting.
The predecessor of the 5 state administrations, before the 2007 reform, were the 15 state counties (plural,statsamter;singular,statsamt).
One of these statsamter, the prefecture in Copenhagen Municipality, was called the 'Upper Presidium of Copenhagen' (Københavns Overpræsidium).
90% of the budgets of the regions are allocated to the national health service.
Health issues have remained the primary hot issues in regional politics, especially because grand changes of Denmark's hospital layout were announced immediately after the municipal reform.It is an advocacy and lobbying organisation speaking on behalf of all of the regions, including negotiating i.e. Land area:42394 square kilometers (16368 square miles). The most important area of responsibility for the new regions is the public health service.They are also responsible for employment policies and public mass transit (buses and a few local railways).A central government "health contribution" tax (sundhedsbidrag) which was 8% on the preliminary and final income statement forms when it was introduced from 2007 has replaced most of the county tax (amtsskat).With income taxes in the lowest bracket being raised 1 percentage point a year, this health contribution tax will be gone by 2019.They belong to The Ministry of the Interior and Health. These administrations are not subordinate to the regional councils, but rather the direct presence of the state (similar to governorates or prefectures in certain countries).