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2018 DenmarkDenmark. The canning ban and ghetto laws were widely debated and criticized during the year. In February, the Danish government suggested that it would be prohibited to wear burka, niqab or other clothing that covers the face in public places. It also includes loose beards, masks and helmets. Exceptions include Santa's mask at Christmas time and covering the face with a scarf if it is cold. Violations of this law may result in fines of between 1,000 and 10,000 Danish kroner. On May 31, the Folketing voted for such a ban. According to Countryaah.com, 75 members voted in favor and 30 against the proposal. The law came into force on August 1. The Danish police were commissioned to decide on a case-by-case basis whether a cover should be considered illegal or not. Already on August 4, a 28-year-old woman with niqab was fined and in early September a Turkish tourist who was unfamiliar with the new law was fined.

2018 Denmark

In January, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen presented the so-called ghetto laws with the aim of combating the parallel society that has emerged in what are called particularly vulnerable areas. In principle, this means that these ghettos should be "decommissioned, the concrete broken up and the residents spread out over different areas", according to Rasmussen. These are 22 areas that have been classified as particularly vulnerable, ie areas with high unemployment and crime, and with a large proportion of residents with foreign backgrounds. In addition to demolishing and building new ones, special zones will be established where the penalty for crime is doubled. In addition, children in these areas will be forced to attend preschool from one year of age in order to learn the Danish language and embrace Danish values and traditions.

In mid-January, submarine builder Peter Madsen was indicted for the August 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. According to the prosecutor, Madsen must have planned and prepared the murder as well as been guilty of murder, crimes against marital peace and sexual crimes. At the end of April came the verdict: life imprisonment, which in practice means a time-limited sentence. How the murder went to is not fully investigated, but it is believed that it was done by cutting injuries in the throat or by choking. Madsen appealed to the Østre Landsret (High Court), which in September ruled the life sentence, and in October Madsen announced that he did not intend to appeal to the Supreme Court (Supreme Court).

Since May 1, Minister of Education Søren Pind and Environment Minister Esben Lunde Larsen announced that they are leaving their positions in the government, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen was forced to reform his government. New to the government were Eva Kjer Hansen (Minister of Gender Equality; replaced former Karen Karen Ellemann), Jakob Ellemann-Jensen (Minister of Environment and Food) and Tommy Ahlers (Minister of Education and Research).

In June, the Danish Social Democrats broke up with social-liberal Radical Left after 25 years of cooperation. Now the Social Democrats will go to elections alone. According to party leader Mette Frederiksen, the reason is mainly different views on immigration policy. Frederiksen "wants to lead the Danes in a greener and more just direction, but also to stick to a strict migration policy". The next parliamentary elections will be held by June 17, 2019.

In mid-February, Prince Henrik, 83, passed away. He was admitted to Rigshospitalet January 28 after falling ill during a visit to Egypt, but spent his last days at Fredensborg Castle in northern Zealand. In June, Princess Elisabeth, also aged 83, died after a long illness. Elisabeth was the cousin of Queen Margrethe II. At the end of September, "Denmark's national call", singer and songwriter Kim Larsen, passed away aged 72. At the beginning of the year, he had to cancel a concert tour due to malignant prostate cancer. Kim Larsen broke through 1971 with the rock group Gasolin '.

Denmark is investing in green. At the beginning of the year, it was announced that it intends to replace its old diesel trains (IC3 and IC4) with new electric trains. Prior to the procurement, in February, it was assured that it would take a maximum of one hour to travel between the country's largest cities. In principle, the Folketing has agreed to allocate 11 billion Danish kronor for the purchase of up to 200 electric trains, which hopefully will be able to run for 200 kilometers per hour. In addition, Denmark in 2017 beat the world record in green energy use. This, after calculating that 43.4% of all electricity used in the country came from wind power. If the solar energy is also taken into account, the figure falls to 45.8%.

The Öresund Bridge, the Great Belt Bridge as well as ferry connections and train traffic were closed at the end of September in connection with a major police operation in Denmark. According to the police, it was a serious manhunt, probably with links to terrorism, where a Swedish-registered Volvo was chased after a suspected kidnapping. Later it emerged that Iran's intelligence service had planned an attack on exile Iranians in Denmark. On October 30, the Danish ambassador to Iran was called home because of the Iranian intervention. Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen also wanted to raise the issue to EU level and impose sanctions on Iran.

Danske Bank's involvement in the Russian money laundering business continued to grow during the year. According to Berlingske Tidende, the bank's management was aware of the suspected Russian money laundering in the bank's Estonian branch as early as 2013. New leaks claim that it is equivalent to SEK 74 billion that was laundered in 2007-15 for officials and criminals from the Russian Federation, Moldova and Azerbaijan in Danske Bank's branch in Estonia.

The Greenlandic election in April was largely about independence from Denmark. Six out of seven parties want independence, which can only happen if the island becomes financially independent.

Sweden and Denmark will embark on a broader defense cooperation. In May, both countries' defense ministers Peter Hultqvist and Claus Hjort Frederiksen presented an agreement on the theme "a strengthened Danish-Swedish defense cooperation in the light of the changed threat situation in the Baltic Sea region". The agreement includes that the Swedish and Danish armed forces must have increased control over military Russian passages via the Öresund, Kattegatt and Skagerrak and that the two countries will be able to fly in each other's airspace and use each other's runways at short notice. But you should also carry out joint exercises in, among other places, Skåne.

In May, the so-called Ramadan play came from Foreign and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg. In a debate article in Berlingske Tidende, she wrote that “Ramadan is upon us. Yes, you read right. Ramadan is upon us all, ”claiming that the ongoing Muslim fasting month of Ramadan is affecting the entire Danish society. According to Støjberg, it is not advisable to fast if one is to do his job; In addition, it can be a safety hazard in some cases: "In practice, it can be dangerous for all of us if the bus driver does not eat or drink for a whole day," she writes in the debate article. Therefore, Støjberg wants Danish Muslims to take time off during Ramadan. Sharp criticism from his own party Venstre did not wait. Party leader Karen Ellemann pointed out that this was not a bill and that the statement was not an official one, neither from the party nor the government. In October, the next play came from Inger Støjberg: Denmark will also not receive any quota refugees next year, ie refugees through the UN program for resettlement. This is despite the fact that asylum immigration to Denmark 2017 was the lowest in nine years. In 2015, Denmark received over 20,000 asylum seekers, the year before that 500 quota refugees per year. The reason for the asylum stop is that many of the refugees cannot support themselves. This is despite the fact that asylum immigration to Denmark 2017 was the lowest in nine years. In 2015, Denmark received over 20,000 asylum seekers, the year before that 500 quota refugees per year. The reason for the asylum stop is that many of the refugees cannot support themselves. This is despite the fact that asylum immigration to Denmark 2017 was the lowest in nine years. In 2015, Denmark received over 20,000 asylum seekers, the year before that 500 quota refugees per year. The reason for the asylum stop is that many of the refugees cannot support themselves.

In November, Denmark decided to stop all arms and military equipment exports to Saudi Arabia. This is because of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. It was also decided to freeze the equivalent of SEK 85 million from its assistance to Tanzania because, as Foreign Minister Ulla Tørnæs put it, a minister in the country made "unacceptable homophobic comments".

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