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Yearbook 2017

2017 DenmarkDenmark. Also in 2017, the political debate was largely about immigration and refugees. The Social Democrats (S) approached the bourgeois government's support party of the Danish People's Party (DF) in both the immigration issue and tax and distribution policy, and it was speculated in future government cooperation between the two. S and DF made several joint plays. Among other things, they demanded that the EU's principle of free movement be restricted so that foreign guest workers should not reduce wages and working conditions in Denmark. They also criticized what they called welfare tourism, where foreigners receive Danish grants.

According to Countryaah.com, both party leaders Mette Frederiksen (S) and Kristian Thulesen Dahl (DF) urged their local politicians abroad to cooperate more after this fall's municipal elections. The approach between DF and S was seen as a serious challenge for Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen's government with Venstre, the Conservative People's Party and the Liberal Alliance.

2017 Denmark

Vente's Minister for Immigration and Integration Inger Støjberg was questioned when she celebrated her austerity in immigration and asylum policy with cake decorated with the number 50. She was also criticized for her urging the Danes to contact the authorities about pizzeria employees do not speak Danish and can be suspected of staying in the country illegally. Several parties accused Støjberg of encouraging a denomination society, and on social media followed a stream of "notifications" about pizzas, but then for their good pizzas.

Prime Minister Løkke Rasmussen visited the former Danish Caribbean during the year to mark the centenary of the end of Danish colonial history, a disgraceful chapter in the history of Denmark according to Løkke Rasmussen. The islands of Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas (now the US territory of the Virgin Islands) were sold to the United States in 1917, after a dark history with the Danish slave trade. Løkke Rasmussen recalled that many of Copenhagen's most beautiful buildings were erected with wealth created with slave labor.

In May, the government published a list of religious leaders who are prohibited from entering Denmark because they are considered to undermine Danish laws and values and support other legal beliefs. The Minister of Integration describes them as hate ministers who, among other things, call for violence against women and children. The list included five radical Muslims, including from Saudi Arabia, and a Christian pastor from the United States who burned the Qur'an.

In June, the Folketing tightened the penalty for begging, a business that has been banned in Denmark ever since. The minimum sentence was increased from seven to 14 days in prison for so-called insecurity begging at pedestrian streets, stations, supermarkets or in public transport. Every time a beggar is arrested by the police, the sentence is extended, which is a maximum of six months imprisonment.

In June, the government decided that the national tax authority should be closed down in 2018 and replaced with a new tax system consisting of seven different authorities. The reason is several scandals involving billions of scams, incorrect real estate appraisals and an IT system that has not worked. According to the prime minister, the Danes' patience with the tax authority was over.

After several years of weak economic growth, the forecast improved during the year to a 2% increase in GDP. Unemployment was on the decline, and the construction industry was finding it difficult to find labor.

The government's financial plan for large tax cuts until 2025 received criticism from the support party DF, who said that if Denmark can afford tax cuts they should go to low-income earners and not high-income earners. According to the OECD, Denmark has the world's highest tax rate of 46.6% of GDP.

The Danish court announced in September that Queen Margrethe's husband Prince Henrik was suffering from dementia.

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