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Denmark: Kosher Slaughter Method Effectively Banned

(June 2, 2014) On February 17, 2014, new animal protection measures entered into force effectively banning kosher slaughter practices in Denmark. Unsedated slaughter has been illegal in Denmark for years, but there has been an exemption for religious slaughter, i.e. kosher and halal practices. That exemption has now been repealed, making kosher slaughter in principle […]

Denmark: New Laws Become Effective for 2014

(Jan. 8, 2014) Two major pieces of controversial legislation that were passed in 2013 became effective in Denmark on January 1, 2014: the reform of unemployment benefits and a law on freedom of information. (Andreas Jakobsen, New Year, New Rules, THE COPENHAGEN POST (Jan. 3, 2014).) Unemployment Benefits The provision of unemployment benefits (kontanthjælp) has […]

Denmark: New Family Law Regulation: Co-Mother from Birth

(Dec. 11, 2013) On December 1, 2013, the new amendment to Denmark’s Børneloven (Child Act) that allows the non-birth mother in a lesbian relationship to become a co-mother immediately at the birth of the child, entered into force. The new legislation gives legal certainty to couples who previously could become co-parents only through adoption proceedings […]

Denmark: Calls for Immigration Reform Following Controversial Deportation Order

(Dec. 9, 2013) In November 2013, Denmark decided to deport a woman from Thailand and her seven-year-old daughter. The two had moved to Denmark when the woman married a Danish citizen. Following the 2012 death of the citizen, who had served as a step-father to the young girl, the two were subject to deportation. The […]

Denmark; Greenland: Greenland Votes to Lift Uranium Mining Ban; Considers Independence

(Nov. 18, 2013) On October 24, 2013, in a close vote, Greenland’s legislature, the Inatsisartut (Parliament), overturned a 1988 ban on the mining of radioactive materials. The 15-14 vote will permit uranium, thorium, and rare earth deposits, among other materials, to be mined in Greenland. Denmark’s legislature will also have to approve the cancelling of […]

Denmark: Anti-Gang Measures Proposed

(Oct. 30, 2013) On October 29, 2013, Denmark’s Justice Minister, Morten Bødskov, announced a plan to respond to the problem of gang-related crime in the country. There were 49 gang-related shootings in Denmark in the first six months of 2013, and 421 firearms were confiscated. Of those weapons, 89 were definitely tied to gang members. […]

Denmark: Government Permits Merger to Stem IKEA

(Oct. 17, 2013) The Danish Competition Agency (Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen) on September 25, 2013, approved the purchase of smaller furniture retailers by the Danish-owned company JYSK, in an effort to stem an otherwise growing dominance of the market by competitor IKEA. The fusion will give JYSK the largest market share of the furniture retail business […]

Denmark: Plan to Increase Recycling

(Aug. 30, 2013) Denmark’s Environment Minister, Ida Auken, has announced a new approach to handling rubbish in the country. In September, the government is expected to present a plan to require households to sort trash into several bins, based on the type of item thrown out, for recycling. Currently most trash is sent, unsorted, to […]

Denmark: Doctors Concerned About Data Sharing

(June 28, 2013) Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have expressed concern that under the law now being considered, they will have to submit more patient […]