In Denmark there is religious freedom and there are a large number of different faith communities. Just over three-quarters of the population belongs to the Evangelical-Lutheran state church, the People’s Church, and pays church taxes, but goes relatively rarely in the church.
Of the religious minorities, the majority of Muslims, an estimated just over 280,000, represent 5 percent of the population. There are over 35,000 Catholics in the country and 15,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses. Other religious communities are significantly smaller.
Act to deprive IS members of citizenship
The parliament votes in favor of a law that allows IS supporters with dual citizenship who traveled to Syria and Iraq to be deprived of their Danish citizenship by the Minister of Migration. The bill has been dealt with swiftly in the parliament to prevent IS members who may pose a security threat return to Denmark. There is considered to be a risk that IS members imprisoned in northern Syria may become free as fighting continues between Turkish military and Kurds in the area. The new law will expire in July 2021 unless the parliament decides otherwise.
- Countryaah: Population statistics for 2020 and next 30 years in Denmark, covering demographics, population graphs, and official data for growth rates, population density, and death rates.
Trump cancels Denmark trip after no to buy Greenland
21th of August
US President Donald Trump expresses a desire for the US to buy Greenland. According to him, the reason is the geostrategic location and natural resources of the area. The White House later confirms Trump’s offer. Following Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s reply that she has no interest in discussing such a sale, Trump decides to cancel a planned visit to Denmark.
Ready for Social Democratic minority government
After almost three weeks of negotiations, the Social Democrats can form a minority government with support in the parliament from the Radical Venstre, the Socialist People’s Party and the Enhedslisten. The parties have, among other things, entered into important agreements regarding climate work, not least to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent. Mette Frederiksen becomes prime minister in the new government.
The Social Democrats are the biggest in the election
The Social Democracy will be the largest party in the general election with 48 seats. The reigning Venstre makes a good choice and gets 43 seats, but it is not enough to take home the victory. Danish People’s Party becomes the big loser of the election. Its 37 seats in the parliament after the 2015 elections are reduced to 16. Radical Venstre and the Socialist People’s Party are increasing their support among voters. Radical Venstre lands on 16 seats, a doubling of seats compared to the last election, while the Socialist People’s Party gets 14 seats.
Left winner in the EU elections
In the elections to the European Parliament, Venstre is strongly moving forward, receiving just over 23 percent of the vote and three seats. The Social Democrats also receive 3 seats and have the support of about 21 percent of voters. Socialist People’s Party and Radical Left each get 2 seats. The Danish People’s Party, on the other hand, loses voter support and goes back by over 15 percentage points to just over 10 percent of the vote and gets a seat in the European Parliament.
June parliamentary elections
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announces elections to the parliament on June 5. Left and the other right parties are lagging in opinion polls before the election. Social democracy seems to have good chances of doing well in the elections.