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Denmark: Government Proposes Outlawing Prostitution

(Aug. 30, 2012) It was reported in July 2012 that the Danish government intends to move forward with a proposal to make purchasing sexual acts illegal. The legislation would target the customers, rather than the prostitutes themselves. According to legislator Pernille Vigsø Bagge, “[t]he current situation is not tolerable. … Denmark has become a Mecca […]

Denmark: Seabed Floor Expedition to Determine Extent of Territory

(Aug. 10, 2012) The six nations that border the Arctic Sea (Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and the United States) each claim territory 200 nautical miles (about 230 miles) into the sea as exclusive economic zones. If a nation can demonstrate that the continental shelf extends from its shore beyond the 200 nautical-mile limit, it […]

Denmark: Changes in Corporate Tax and Withholding Tax

(June 26, 2012) On June 13, 2012, the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) passed L 173, draft legislation to amend the corporate tax law, withholding tax law, tax control law, tax administration law, and various other laws. (Katja Joo Dyppel & Laura Pakarinen, Denmark: Corporate Tax Amendments Adopted and New Rules on Withholding Tax Refunds Introduced, TAX […]

Denmark: Court Determines Lisbon Treaty Signing Constitutional

(June 20, 2012) On June 15, 2012, Denmark's Eastern High Court ruled that the country's government need not have held a referendum before signing the Treaty of Lisbon. The decision came in response to a class action lawsuit that had been filed in 2009, in reference to Denmark's 2007 signing of the Treaty. The suit, […]

Denmark: Draft Laws on Digital Communication with the Public Sector

(May 23, 2012) It was reported on May 1, 2012, that two legislative proposals currently before the Danish Parliament, L 160 and L 159, will make the use of digital communication with the public sector, for which specific computer systems must be used, mandatory for Danish citizens. (New Danish Law Will Make Digital Communication with […]

Denmark: New Regulations on Air Guns Stir Controversy

(Apr. 30, 2012) As of the beginning of June 2012, new regulations on firearms will tighten control of air guns in Denmark. Any such weapon with a 5.5 millimeter caliber will need to be registered with the police. Furthermore, in order to use an air gun, owners of the weapons will have to either purchase […]

Denmark: New Smoking Law Controversial

(Apr. 24, 2012) A new smoking law agreed to on April 21, 2012, in Denmark, will impose a ban on smoking in educational institutions designed for children and youths and in single-person offices. Staff members will be able to smoke on the grounds of schools only in their private quarters and only when no students […]

Denmark: Tax on DHMO to Be Proposed

(Apr. 4, 2012) Denmark's Environment Ministry is planning to propose a tax on the chemical dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) as a method to discourage its use. DHMO is odorless but potentially lethal. High levels of the substance were found in the food supply in Denmark, according to a report by that country's environmental agency. Ida Auken, […]

Denmark: Same-Sex Marriage to Be Approved

(Mar. 22, 2012) Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians to marry in Danish Evangelical Lutheran churches and at municipal offices is in the works. “We […]

Denmark: Tax on Sugar Proposed

(Mar. 13, 2012) In order to improve the health of its citizens by reducing their use of sugar, Denmark's government is considering taxing the product. Speaking on March 5, 2012, Pia Olsen Dyhr, the acting Minister of Health, stated that such a tax would encourage people to eat more healthily and would raise money that […]