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Denmark; Lebanon: Danish National Sentenced in Lebanon for Joining ISIS

(Sept. 9, 2015) A court in Lebanon has sentenced a Danish national to three years of imprisonment for fighting on the side of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). According to the defendant’s attorney, Fawaz Zakaria, the man was convicted on charges of joining ISIS in Syria and taking part in an attack […]

Denmark: Higher Penalties for Rape and Other Violent Crimes Contemplated

(Aug. 19, 2015) The new Danish Minister of Justice, Søren Pind, supports increasing the penalties for rape and other violent crimes in Denmark, it was reported on August 13, 2015. The Ministry is preparing a report on the issue that is expected to be completed in six months. (Lucie Rychla, Justice Minister Wants Higher Penalties […]

Canada; Denmark; Norway; Russia; United States: Fishing Declaration Covering Central Arctic

(July 21, 2015) Five countries that ring the Arctic Ocean, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States, signed a declaration in Oslo on July 16, 2015, designed to prevent unregulated fishing in the central part of that ocean. (Press Release, U.S. Department of State, Arctic Nations Sign Declaration to Prevent Unregulated Fishing in the […]

Denmark: Proposal to Increase Immigration Controls

(July 10, 2015) The Danish government recently announced plans to re-establish border controls to combat illegal immigration and smuggling. According to the Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen, “[w]e will suggest something that is within the Schengen rules and there will be a dialogue with Brussels and the EU commission, but also with our neighbouring countries.” (Chris […]

Denmark: Government Agreement Reached to Restore Tax Deduction for Remuneration for Household Services

(July 2, 2015) Denmark’s Ministry of Taxation announced on June 29, 2015, that a scheme for deducting remuneration for certain household services, referred to as BoligJobordning (household employment scheme), which had been abolished as of January 1, 2015, has been reintroduced, with retroactive effect from that date of abolition. The government had reached agreement on […]

Denmark: Animal Protection Act Strengthened by Ban on Bestiality

(May 7, 2015) On April 21, 2015, Denmark’s legislature approved a motion that bans bestiality; the goal of the action is to combat animal-sex tourism. The ban, which comes into force on July 1, was passed by a 91-75 vote, with five abstentions. It will impose a fine or imprisonment as punishment for anyone found […]

Denmark: Ban on E-Cigarettes for Minors Considered

(Mar. 9, 2015) The Danish Parliament is now considering a proposal to tighten regulations on the purchase of electronic cigarettes and vape pens. Under the legislation being considered, Denmark would outlaw the sale of these products to children under the age of 18. According to Nick Haekkerup, the Minister of Health, such devices act as […]

Denmark: Package of Measures to Combat Cross-Border Tax Evasion and Use of Tax Havens

(Nov. 24, 2014) On November 6, 2014, the Danish Ministry of Taxation published a package of measures on the prevention of tax evasion and the use of tax havens. (Laura Ambagtsheer-Pakarinen, Denmark: Government Publishes Package on Measures to Prevent Tax Evasion, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Nov. 6, 2014), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database.) […]

Denmark: Recent Bank and Tax Statements on Bitcoin

(July 16, 2014) On March 18, 2014, the Danish Central Bank issued a statement declaring that Bitcoin is not a currency. The Bank went on to explain, “Bitcoin does not have any real trading value compared to gold and silver, and thus is more similar to glass beads.” (Press Release, Bitcoin er ikke penge, Danish […]

Denmark: Changing Legal Sexual Identity Simplified

(July 3, 2014) The Danish Parliament has approved a law allowing Danish citizens to change their legal gender identity without first undergoing sterilization or surgery. Denmark’s Minister of the Economy and Interior, Margrethe Vestager, announced on June 11, 2014, that beginning September 1, Danish citizens over the age of 18 may apply to change their […]