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