Denmark. At the June 5 parliamentary election, which had been announced by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on May 7, the Social Democrats became the largest party with almost 26% of the vote and 48 seats. The red-green bloc together received a majority of 51.7% (if the green alternative was counted), which led to the Social Democratic party leader Mette Frederiksen after three weeks forming a minority government with support from social liberal Radical Venstre (8.5%), red-green Socialist People’s Party (7.6%) and the Left Party Enhedslisten (6.8%). The second largest party in the election was outgoing Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s Liberal Conservative Venstre, who despite an increase of four percentage points and just over 23% of the vote and 48 seats could not continue to govern. Rasmussen’s block only got about 75 seats, compared to the government parties 91,
In the EU elections, Venstre made a successful election with 23.5% of the vote (same as in the general election), Social Democrats ended up at 21.5%, Socialist People’s Party 13%, Danish People’s Party 11%, Radical Left 10%, Conservative People’s Party 6% and the Unity List 5.5%. Other parties included the People’s Movement against the EU, which received 3.7% and the Alternative, which received 3.4%.
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After the election loss, former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen resigned as party leader for Venstre in early September. Jakob Ellemann-Jensen was elected new chairman. He is the son of Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, who led Venstre from 1984 to 1998 and was also the country’s foreign minister.
Eight people were killed in a train accident on the Stora Bält bridge on January 2 when a passenger train on the way to Copenhagen collided with a freight train on the way to the island of Funen. It was an empty truck trailer on the freight train that overturned, probably because of the harsh winds, and hit the passenger side of the train.
In February, the Folketing passed a legislative package on a more restrictive migration policy. Perhaps the most noteworthy proposal was that the uninhabited island of Lindholm in Stege Bugt between Zealand and Møn would become an expulsion center. However, the newly-appointed Social Democratic government shrank these plans in late June. At the same time, the government announced that it would follow the UN’s directive on quota refugees.
In August, the Danish government announced that it would strengthen the border with Sweden. The reason was the increased gang crime in the neighboring country. On August 6, a bomb had exploded at the Danish Tax Agency at Nørrebro in Copenhagen. Later, two Swedes in their 20s were arrested on suspicion of the offense. In November, Denmark began to randomly check the transfers from Sweden to Denmark, including at the Öresund connection.
A less diplomatic crisis erupted in August when US President Donald Trump, who according to White House adviser Larry Kudlow “knows one thing or another about real estate deals”, announced that he wanted to buy Greenland from Denmark. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments that she did not want to discuss a sale of Greenland at all led Trump to postpone his planned state meeting “to another time” (he had himself asked to meet Queen Margrethe) in early September.
Following the Turkish invasion of Syria in October, the risks of imprisoned members of the Islamic State (IS) increased to escape from the area and move to their home countries and continue the fight there. At the end of October, therefore, the Folketing voted in favor of the possibility of depriving IS supporters of dual citizenship of their Danish citizenship.
2006 Danish war crimes in Afghanistan send Fogh in the offensive – against the media
In December 2006, the Danish documentary «The Secret War» revealed that Danish elite soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002 extradited Afghan prisoners of war for torture on North American bases in the country. Denmark had thereby committed a breach of both the Geneva Convention and the UN Torture Convention, which prohibits one country from transferring prisoners of war to another, and imposes full responsibility on the prisoners’ situation. Although Danish soldiers did not carry out torture themselves, Denmark was guilty of torture by extraditing prisoners to torture in North American captivity. On the same occasion, it was revealed that both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense in both 2002 and 2003 led the Parliament behind the light with allegations that Denmark had not handed prisoners of war to the United States and that the United Statestorture not used. The opposition demanded an impartial investigation into the events, which however was routinely rejected by the Prime Minister, who may well remember that in January 1993 the Schlüter government was convicted of an independent investigation of the Tamil case, and two years before he himself had been convicted as a Minister of Taxation after an impartial one. examination of his activities as minister.
The government wanted to close the torture case as soon as possible. It therefore came across that North American officers in Danish media confirmed that the United States had used torture on the base in Afghanistan to which the Danish forces had been linked. Likewise, it came across that Danish soldiers from the Afghan mission contradicted the government when it claimed that Danish soldiers had not carried Danish flags as identification marks. In late January, the government’s desperation led Prime Minister Rasmussen to attack Danish Radio for its coverage of the torture case. The attack was unprecedented and was therefore also compared to attacks on freedom of expression in totalitarian regimes. The Prime Minister showed an unprecedented lack of understanding that there should be room for different attitudes within the framework of a democracy. 1½ years earlier, the man would in no case comment on 12 drawings in the Jutland Post, because it would be “restricting the newspaper’s freedom of expression”. The attack on DR was immediately seconded by the government’s support party, the Danish People’s Party, whose party leader declared that “now the DR should be cleaned up”.
Due to the fact that the comprehensive report on Denmark during the Cold War did not designate the Social Democracy and the labor movement as agents of the Soviet Union, the VKO government decided, as part of the 2007 Financial Law Agreement, to set up a special political center to disseminate its own history of the Cold War. As head of the center, the politically charged cold warrior, Bent Jensen, was hired. Already two weeks before his employment on February 1, 2007, Jensen went on the run and published in the Jutland Post that information that the former journalist at the newspaper Information, Jørgen Dragsdahl in the 1980’s had allegedly been a spy for the KGB. The claim was raised after Jensen had access to PET’s archives. Archives that are not even the victim Dragsdahl could access.The extra leaflet had previously made similar claims, which subsequently lost a lawsuit, and had to pay compensation of DKK 180,000 to Dragsdahl. Bent Jensen lost two years later the injury case Dragsdahl brought. Jensen made his friends in the government pay the fine. In 2013, Denmark’s most right-wing court, Østre Landsret, overturned the Jensen judgment.
In June 2008, the Danish embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was bombed. The attack was entirely predictable, and had long been predicted by FE and PET, which had sharpened their threat assessments against Denmark. Already 2½ years ago, Copenhagen’s Social Democratic Mayor Ritt Bjerregård had pointed out that “the one who sows the wind is reaping the storm”, citing the VKO government’s warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, the VKO government had further placed Denmark on the world map as a country leading a fanatical anti-Muslim policy. Officially, the VKO government led this so-called “activist foreign policy” (= war) to “promote democracy” and “fight terrorism”. However, many observers in and outside Denmark believed that the VKO government’s policy promoted terror. This debate wanted the Radical Left’s wife, Margrethe Vestager, to travel immediately after the Islamabad attack. Likewise, the chairman of the board of Grundfos, Niels Due Jensen, wished to point out that the government’s policy in the Middle East was particularly detrimental to the Danish business community. In the previous 2½ years, Denmark’s exports to the area had fallen below half the level before 2006, which must be seen in the light of the image created by the Danish government. However, both Vestager and Due Jensen were both instructed by the government that they “went about the terrorists’ task” by raising the debate at all.
According to Countryaah, the population of Denmark in 2019 was 5,771,765, ranking number 115 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.340% yearly, and the population density was 136.0329 people per km2.