Denmark announces plans to legalize same sex marriage
Oct. 24, 2011 Denmark is the latest European nation to announce plans to introduce gay marriage, with same-sex couples to be allowed to marry on Church of Denmark premises.
The Danish coalition Government’s church minister, Manu Sareen, told local newspaper Jyllands-Posten that gay men and women will soon be able to marry when legislation is introduced early next year.
“I look forward to the moment the first homosexual couple steps out of the church. I’ll be standing out there throwing rice,” he said.
“I have many friends who are homosexuals and can’t get married. They love their partners the same way heterosexuals do, but they don’t have the right to live it out in the same way. That’s really problematic.”
Denmark was the first country in the world to allow gay civil partnerships with legislation in 1989. Public polls suggest around 69-percent of the population supports same-sex marriage according, The Copenhagen Post reports.
The first same-sex weddings could take place as early as March, 2012 after the legislation is passed.
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Denmark Introduces Fat Tax on Foods High in Saturated Fat
October 4th, 2011 Denmark has introduced what’s believed to be the world’s first fat food tax, applying a surcharge to foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fats, in an effort to combat obesity and heart disease.
Danes hoarded food before the tax went into effect Saturday, emptying grocery store shelves. Some butter lovers may even resort to stocking up during trips abroad.
The new tax of 16 kroner ($2.90) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of saturated fat in a product will be levied on foods like butter, milk, cheese, pizza, oils and meat
Denmark dont do bitcoin
Dec 18, 2013 The Financial Supervisory Authority of Denmark has issued a statement warning against the use of bitcoin, litecoin and the like as “unsafe”, but also saying they will not be regulating crypto-currencies exchanges should they appear.
In total, Tuesday’s statement echoed the European Banking Authority warning that crypto-currencies exchanges are not a safe place with users risking their money as the latter might get stolen or become inconvertible into real money at any point.
However, the formidable preamble was followed by a sudden declaration: As crypto-currency is not money at all, then the FSA has no job in regulating crypto-currencies exchanges.
“Companies do not need permission to be able to establish their operation in Denmark if they want to run bitcoin Exchanges that also include exchanging real money,” the Authority says.
The decentralized, crypto-currency bitcoin, one of about hundred virtual currencies in the world, was introduced in January, 2009 and cost then $0.05 per unit. It has so far been free from any government or central bank control. Currency is sold and bought at online exchanges, and those transactions can be virtually anonymous.
Now bitcoin’s tipping on the controversy edge. In late November it’s value hit over $1,000 per bitcoin while many institutions as police or universities eye to use the e-currency for payments.
However, a number of high profile scams involving bitcoins has also been registered. Last month a Danish bitcoin payment processor with a free online wallet service lost over $1 million worth of bitcoins after a security attack on its server. While in China a bitcoin platform swindle scooped up $4.1 million in bitcoins before disappearing.
This made global players wary of the crypto-currency. The European Banking Authority issued a statement on bitcoin last Friday saying there is “no guarantee that currency values remain stable,” and that it intends to investigate bitcoin further “in order to identify whether virtual currencies can and should be regulated and supervised.”
Despite the concerns, the bitcoin remains in the limelight, with exchange ATMs popping up across Canada and Europe. In Sweden, Safello has launched a machine, which allows users to change bitcoins for actual cash.
Danish paper to print Charlie Hebdo cartoons
January 8, 2015 - The Danish newspaper Berlingske has republished cartoons on Islamic themes from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, as part of its coverage of the attack which killed 12 people in Paris. Berlingske showed several, one depicted Mohammad and another sharia law.
Copenhagen shooting during debate on Islam
February 14, 2015 - One dead in shooting at a Copenhagen cultural centre, where a meeting about freedom of speech was being held - organised by a Swedish artist who had caricatured Muhammad. 3 policemen reported injured
One dead, three police hurt in shooting at Copenhagen Islam debate
Copenhagen (AFP) - A gunman killed at least one person and wounded three police officers after opening fire Saturday on a cultural centre in Copenhagen as it was hosting a debate on Islam and free speech.
Swedish artist Lars Vilks -- the author of controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons that sparked worldwide protests in 2007 -- was among those at the debate targeted by the gunman, who fled the scene after a shootout with police.
Danish Prime Minister Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt described the assault as "a terrorist attack" as Danish television showed the windows of the Krudttonden cultural centre pock-marked by multiple bullet holes.
Police released a photo of the suspect showing a man in a dark anorak and a maroon hat carrying a black bag.
They described him as 25-30 years old, around 185cm (six feet) tall, with an athletic build.
French ambassador to Denmark Francois Zimeray, who had been present at the debate but was not hurt, told AFP the shooting was an attempt to replicate the January 7 killings at the Charlie Hebdo weekly in Paris.
"They shot from the outside (and) had the same intention as Charlie Hebdo, only they didn't manage to get in," he said by telephone from the venue.
"Intuitively I would say there were at least 50 gunshots, and the police here are saying 200," he told AFP.
"Bullets went through the doors and everyone threw themselves to the floor."
A statement by Danish police said "an unidentified man died after having been hit by bullets" in the strike, and three officers were wounded in the shooting.
Police initially said two suspects had fled the scene in a Volkswagen Polo. The car was found abandoned around two hours after the attack.
[flash=200,200]After witness statements indicated there was just one attacker, police later said they were hunting for a lone gunman.[/flash]
Media reports said it was likely the gunman used an automatic rifle to fire as many rounds as possible in a short time.
"Denmark has today been hit by a cynical act of violence. Everything leads us to believe that the shooting was a political attack and therefore a terrorist act," the Danish premier said in a statement.
The assault comes at a time of heightened security and rising fears of Islamist attacks, following January 7-9 incidents in Paris that left 17 people dead.
Anti-terror sweeps carried out across Europe since mid-January have resulted in the arrests of dozens of suspected jihadists and seizures of large stocks of weapons and explosives.
- 'Bullets went through doors' -
Raids in Belgium on January 17 thwarted what police called imminent "terrorist attacks to kill police officers on public roads and in police stations."
Two suspects were killed fighting Belgian police in those sweeps.
Satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo raised the ire of Islamist extremists by republishing cartoons by Vilks and other caricatures, and periodically satirising Islam.
Vilks has been under police protection since his earlier controversial cartoons were published.
Concern of renewed attacks targeting symbols of freedom of speech and the press have been growing since the Charlie Hebdo assault, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire told AFP after the Copenhagen assault.
"It's something that we feared after Charlie Hebdo. We see that ultra-radical groups are leading a war against freedom of expression, against the freedom to be irreverent about religion and against the simple freedom to debate them," Deloire said.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius condemned what he called a "terrorist attack targeting a public meeting", saying in a statement that France "remains by the side of the Danish authorities and people in the fight against terrorism."
The French president's office said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was headed to the scene.
2 dead in Muslim terror attacks - on a cafe and a synagogue
February 15, 2015 - UPDATE - It sounds like 2 dead, 1 at each site.
2 dead in Muslim terror attacks on cafe and synagogue.
Danish police kill Arabic suspect 25-30 years old. -RT
Two shooting attacks in Copenhagen within 10 hours of each other left 2 civilians and 5 Danish police injured. Police shot man dead at the Norrebro railway station when he opened fire.
BBC - Police seemed to know where to find him.
In the second incident, outside the Great Synagogue in central Copenhagen, a young man was shot in the head at close range and two police officers guarding the building were injured. The gunman ran from the scene on foot.
The first incident, one person was killed at a Copenhagen cafe.
Muslim terrorists are gunning for anyone who 'insults Islam.'
What an evil Satanic cult Islam is.
A Jew guarding the Synagogue during a bat-mitzva celebration was shot in the head, executed by the Muslim terrorist. The victim prevented a much larger attack at the site.
Police handcuffed a man but later released him. Jews in Denmark feel safe as long as you stay stealth. Dont wear anything Jewish or talk about Israel or anything Jewish in public.
Denmark has a lousy police force!
About 80 people from the community were gathered for a bat-mitzva celebration at the time of the attack. The Jews had contacted the police after the shooting at Cafe to have them present at the bat-mitzva, but unfortunately this happened anyway.
ZAKA volunteers head for Copenhagen
ZAKA International Rescue Unit scheduled to leave Sunday for Denmark to help ensure Jewish burial for synagogue shooting victims. They will work in cooperation with local emergency forces and will help ensure a full Jewish burial for the victim of the attack at the synagogue. The victim prevented a much larger attack at the site.
This 'smells funny' - like the Hebdo-France incident.
For various and nebulous reasons it may be another 'scripted for sheepl' event.
GOD is calling His Jews home - to Israel - NOW!
Netanyahu urges Jews to move to Israel after Copenhagen attacks
Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged European Jews to move to Israel after a Jewish man was killed in an attack outside Copenhagen's main synagogue.
"Israel is your home. We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe," Netanyahu said in a statement, repeating a similar call after attacks by jihadists in Paris last month when four Jews were among the dead.
Two police officers were also wounded in Sunday's attack in Copenhagen, one of two fatal shootings in the normally peaceful Danish capital on the weekend.
In the first attack on Saturday, a 55-year-old man was killed at a panel discussion about Islam and free speech attended by a Swedish cartoonist behind controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
"Extremist Islamic terrorism has struck Europe again... Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews," Netanyahu said in the statement.
The Israeli prime minister said his government was to adopt a $45 million (39.5 million euro) plan "to encourage the absorption of immigrants from France, Belgium and Ukraine".
"To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms," Netanyahu said.
He had made a similar call after three days of bloodshed in Paris that started with the January 7 attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo where 12 people were gunned down, followed the next day by the shooting death of a policewoman just outside the city.
On January 9, the gunman who killed the policewoman took hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris. He killed four Jewish hostages before police shot him dead when they raided the store.
The bodies of the four were later flown to Israel where they were buried.
Officials in Copenhagen described the weekend attacks as an act of terror and said the man believed to be behind the shootings was shot dead after opening fire on police at a rail station.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman sent condolences to Danish counterpart Martin Lidegaard over the attacks, telling him Israel "appreciates Denmark's cooperation in maintaining the security of Israelis and Jews in Denmark."
The foreign ministry quoted Lieberman as telling Lidegaard that Israel was "ready for any cooperation required on this issue".
The Palestinians also condemned the attack "in the strongest terms," with PLO official Saeb Erakat calling the Copenhagen attacks "absolutely unjustifiable."
"Terrorism knows no religion or nationality, and our opposition to such violence must be firmly united. We stand in solidarity with the Danish people," Erakat said in a statement.
Dan Uzan, the synagogue security guard who was killed in the terror attack, has been hailed as a hero. Volunteer Dan Uzan was 6.5 feet tall, a basketball player, and he prevented a massacre. Uzan was talking to police outside the synagogue when he was shot from close range by the terrorist.
Chief Rabbi called Dan 'irreplaceable.'
Copenhagen Synagogue mother speaks out
February 16, 2015 algemeiner - Mette Bentow speaks about the terror attack at the Copenhagen synagogue. We were celebrating a bat-mitzva (girl becomes age 13) when security guards asked us to go to the basement. 2 hours later we were escorted into buses and taken to an evacuation center.
The Bentows said ‘baruch hashem' (thank God) for the Jewish community’s volunteer security
Dan Uzan was the Jewish security guard killed in the attack.
She had harsh words for Danish authorities who should have taken greater steps to protect the Jewish community. This should never have happened because obviously the Jewish community has been saying for quite a while that we need more security, it was just a matter of time.
2 arrested, charged with aiding Copenhagen terrorist
Muslim terrorist Omar Abdel Hamid Hussein killed by officers.
Omar El-Hussein had a history of violent crime and was released from prison 2 weeks ago.
Omar linked with a Muslim gang known as “The Brothas."
Muslim Brotherhood jihadists.
Omar, born in Denmark, was known to police due to his involvement in gangs.
Suspects charged with helping facilitate attacks on cafe and synagogue may be minors.
Danish police have arrested two men named as accomplices. Little is known about them except that they are young and will not be identified.
Denmark charges two as Europe on edge after fresh attacks
Copenhagen (AFP) - Two men were charged in Copenhagen on Monday with helping the gunman who killed two people in twin weekend attacks that have stoked renewed fears of Islamist and anti-Semitic violence in Europe.
Flags were flying at half-mast across Denmark after the shootings that stunned one of the world's most peaceful nations.
The suspected attacker, gunned down by police in a pre-dawn shootout on Sunday, was identified as a 22-year-old Dane with a history of violent crime who had only been freed from jail two weeks ago.
Danish intelligence said the gunman, who killed two people in attacks just hours apart at a cultural centre and a synagogue may have been inspired by last month's Islamist attacks in Paris.
"A new type of war," thundered the right-wing Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which had itself triggered violent protests across the Muslim world after publishing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed in 2005.
Two suspects were charged Monday with helping the Copenhagen attacker get rid of his weapon and giving him somewhere to hide, according to the lawyer of one of the men, Michael Juul Eriksen, told AFP.
Police confirmed two men had been charged with aiding the gunman but did not confirm the specific allegations against them.
-' Cynical act of terror' -
From Tokyo to London, Riyadh to New York, expressions of sympathy and outrage poured after the shootings described by Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt as a "cynical act of terror".
Several media identified the gunman as Omar El-Hussein, who was said by the Ekstra-Bladet tabloid to have been released from prison two weeks ago after serving a term for aggravated assault -- raising fears he may have become radicalised behind bars.
Investigators said the man, who was born and raised in Denmark, had a history of assault and weapons offences.
In a killing spree that bore a striking resemblance to the Paris attacks, the gunman first fired off a volley of bullets outside the Krudttoenden centre on Saturday afternoon during a panel discussion about Islam and free speech.
Documentary film-maker Finn Norgaard, 55, who colleagues said had a special interest in the problems of integration in Denmark, was killed.
In the second attack in the early hours of Sunday, the gunman opened fire outside the synagogue during a bar mitzvah, killing a 37-year-old Jewish man named as Dan Uzan who was guarding the building.
Five policemen were wounded in the two incidents before the gunman was tracked down to a working class district of Copenhagen and killed in a shootout with police.
Police said the gunman was already "on the radar" of the intelligence services and that they were investigating if he had travelled to conflict zones such as Syria and Iraq.
"He may have been inspired by the events that took place in Paris a few weeks ago," national intelligence chief Jens Madsen told reporters Sunday.
A photo of the suspect showed him wearing a black puffer jacket and a maroon balaclava and carrying a black bag.
- Floral tributes -
Armed officers raided a Copenhagen Internet cafe in one of a series of operations on Sunday as police stepped up patrols on the streets of the city of one million people.
The central area of the capital that is home to both the synagogue and Noerreport station, the country's busiest rail hub, was cordoned off by police carrying machine guns.
Tearful Danes have laid flowers and candles at the sites of the killings, while the Copenhagen bourse said it would observe a minute's silence in honour of the victims.
A columnist in the left-of-centre Politiken newspaper linked the shootings to the rise of the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party in a country were immigrants make up about nine percent of the population.
The attacks have revived fears in Europe about jihadist violence and anti-Semitic attacks against Jews since the bloody events in Paris on January 7-9.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately urged European Jews to move to his country after Saturday's shooting, echoing a similar call made after the Paris attacks.
But France responded icily to his comments, with President Francois Hollande saying that Jews belonged in Europe and "in particular in France" despite anti-Semitic incidents including the defacing of hundreds of tombstones at a Jewish cemetery.
Four Jews were among a total of 17 people killed in the Paris attacks on a kosher supermarket and the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly, which had published cartoons lampooning Mohammed.
World governments reacted with outrage to the Copenhagen killings.
British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned them as an "appalling attack on free speech and religious freedom", while the United States branded them "deplorable" and UN chief Ban Ki-moon said there was "no justification" for the bloodshed.
Denmark curses itself
February 23, 2015 - Denmark has a deep seated hatred toward Israel.
Denmark refers to Israeli 'occupation.' Favoring Palestinians, the enemies of GOD, and lies about Israel curse Denmark. Genesis 12.
Denmark moves closer to a cashless society
Denmark has moved one step closer to becoming the world's first cashless society, as the government proposes scrapping the obligation for retailers to accept cash as payment.
The Danish government has said that as of next year, business such as clothing retailers, restaurants and petrol stations should no longer be legally bound to accept cash PAYMENTS.
The proposal is part of a package of economic growth measures, which are being released ahead of this year's Danish election. It aims to reduce costs and increase productivity for Danish businesses.
Finansrådet, a Danish FINANCE industry lobbying group, says the change would free retailers from the cost of security, and the burden of managing change and notes.
Although it seems like a drastic step, the Danes are already moving away from paper and metal money.
Almost a third of the population uses an official Danske BANK app called MobilePay - it links your mobile to other users' phones or to a sensor at the till, allowing you to confirm payments with a simple swipe on your smartphone's screen.
Similar technologies like Paym are available in the UK, which allows users to transfer money to others by ENTERING their mobile number. Google Wallet turns your phone into a contactless card, allowing you to tap your device against readers to transfer money - however, it is currently only available in the USA.
But both of these technologies are still yet to see the level of adoption that MobilePay has in Denmark.
There are fears that moving to totally cashless payments could increase the risk of fraud - in Sweden, a nation with one of the highest numbers of BANK transactions per person in the European Union, cases of card fraud have doubled in the last decade.
However, Danske Bank has taken steps to fight fraud, by linking individuals' MobilePay accounts to their national INSURANCE numbers.
The change would need to be approved in a vote at the Folketing, the Danish parliament, but the timing of the vote has not yet been set.
However, in a country where cashless payments are so common, it looks unlikely that the proposal will face much opposition...
The Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland lead the world in cashless payments - cash payments for even the smallest items, such as a packet of chewing gum, are commonplace.
In 2013, a Swedish bank robber left empty-handed, after he found out that the Stockholm bank he held up did not carry any cash.
Five of Sweden's six big banks now operate cashless branches where possible, and some predict the country could become cashless by 2030.
Denmark closes up
Sept 9, 2015 - Denmark has suspended all rail links with Germany after police stopped hundreds of migrants at the border. Danish police also closed a motorway between the two countries when some asylum seekers began walking north after being forced off a train.
Denmark dont want ISIS Muslim terrorists flooding them too
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Denmark postpones Turk visit
Mar 13, 2017 - Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said a meeting with Turkey is postponed due to Ankara’s row with the Netherlands. Turkey is threatening the Netherlands. Erdogan is the Nazi! Among other European nations involved in the feud are Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden.
Denmark on the brink
Mar 19, 2017 - Sweden is the canary in the coalmine.
Sweden is the canary in the coalmine of Europe’s demographic future. Danes look at Sweden, with absolute horror! Denmark is very aware of the murders, rapes, riots, violence and the hand grenades that go on there. This does not often make the news but we know it is going on. And we don’t want to go down the same route.
Sweden is the result of decades of multiculturalism in Sweden. And what is left is this hollow house taken over by evil.
Matthew 12:44 The evil spirit says,
I will return to my house from which I came, and when it comes,
it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order.
Then it takes 7 other spirits more evil than itself; and they dwell there,
and the last of that the man becomes worse than the first.