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Denmark: Unemployment Benefits Extended

(June 5, 2013) The repeal of a January 2013 law limiting unemployment benefits to a two-year period means that Denmark’s unemployed will now be able to receive funds for four years through a two-year extension of the benefit period. The amount each unemployed person receives, however, will be reduced to only 60% of what it […]

Denmark: Government Plans Health Care Reforms

(May 13, 2013) According to a May 2, 2013, press release from <?Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health care system. (Press Release, Regeringen Udstikker Ny Kurs På Sundhedsområdet [Government Sets a New Course for the Health Section] (May 2, 2013), Ministry of Health […]

Denmark: Bill on Economic Growth Considered

(Apr. 24, 2013) On April 22, 2013, the Danish government and the opposition party Dansk Folkeparti agreed to a package of initiatives designed to boost growth and employment. The initiatives are contained in a bill that would cost 17 billion kroner (about US$3 billion) over the next seven years. Among the bill’s provisions are: · […]

Denmark: Call to Bail out of Strict Bail-In Policy

(Apr. 9, 2013) It was reported on March 26, 2013, that <?Denmark is reconsidering its "bail-in" policy towards lending institutions, in the aftermath of having lost 23% of its banks as a result of a real estate bubble that burst in 2008. Since that time, about 12 regional banks have been taken over by the […]

Denmark: Proposal for Cut in Corporate Tax Rate

(Feb. 28, 2013) It was reported on February 26, 2013, that the Danish government published a Plan for Growth DK – Strong Companies, More Jobs (Vækstplan DK – stærke virksomheder, flere job) in which it proposes to reduce the current 25% corporate income tax rate to 22%. The change would be implemented gradually over the […]

Denmark: Proposed Law to Give Relief to Alien Victims of Domestic Violence

(Feb. 12, 2013) <?Denmark's Ministry of Justice has recently proposed an amendment to the Danish Aliens Act that would allow foreigners in Denmark who are victims of domestic abuse and who leave the abusive relationship not to be automatically deported. Under the current law, such persons, granted residency on the basis of their relationship with […]

Denmark: Tax Authorities Clarify Moonlighting Rules

(Dec. 11, 2012) <?Denmark's tax authority, Skat, plans to clarify rules covering working "under the table," with cash payments for odd jobs. The changes, effective as of January 2013, will be especially helpful in clarifying the tax situation for those under 16 and retired workers on pensions who work part time for extra money. Teenagers […]

Denmark: Plan to Ban Large Stores in Small Towns

(Nov. 20, 2012) <?Denmark's government is expecting to introduce changes in town planning laws to limit large stores, which while offering low prices to consumers, are thought to have a big impact on local commerce. The legislature is expected to take action on the proposal in February 2013. (Ban on Superstores in Small Towns Likely, […]

Denmark: Plan to Distribute Overdose Kits

(Oct. 18, 2012) The Danish government announced this month that it will distribute overdose kits to drug users in the capital city, <?Copenhagen. The purpose is to reduce the rate of drug-related deaths in the country, currently among the highest such rates in Europe; in 2010, 273 overdoses in Denmark resulted in deaths. (Copenhagen Addicts […]

Denmark: Tax Amnesty Adopted

(Sept. 14, 2012) Denmark’s Tax Authority, Skat (Skat website (last visited Sept. 14, 2012)), established a tax amnesty program, under legislation adopted in May 2012, that runs until June 2013, but many Danes are starting to take steps to take advantage of it now. Under the plan, taxpayers in <?Denmark may avoid criminal prosecution for […]