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Denmark Becomes First Country to Impose ‘Fat Tax’

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Denmark has become the first country in the world to introduce a “fat tax” on foods high in saturated fats, in an effort to improve the health of Danish citizens. Consumers hoarded butter, oil, meat and milk before the tax went into effect Saturday. Stores have experienced empty shelves as residents tried to avoid paying […]

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Copenhagen’s Historic KB Hallen Arena Destroyed by Fire

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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A fire raced through the historic KB Hallen multi-purpose arena in Copenhagen, Denmark Wednesday, destroying most of the 73-year-old building. The fire is believed to have started when overheated light bulbs caught on fire near cardboard boxes just hours before an erotic trade fair was to open. A number of people preparing for the fair […]

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt To Become Denmark’s First Female PM

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt is poised to become Denmark’s first female prime minister after her party won a narrow majority over the country’s center-right party in Thursday’s parliamentary elections. The vote ended 10 years of right-wing political control, but gives Thorning-Schmidt the difficult job of creating an effective coalition that will have to address […]

Denmark Elects First Female PM

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Denmark’s Social Democratic leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt is set to become the country’s first female prime minister, after her center-left bloc narrowly won general elections, ending a decade of center-right rule. She began talks Friday to form a new government. Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen conceded defeat late Thursday. Ms. Thorning-Schmidt and Mr. Loekke Rasmussen share […]

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Denmark’s Leftist Oposition Wins Parliamentary Election

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Denmark’s left-leaning opposition has won a narrow victory in parliamentary elections, after a decade of center-right rule. Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen conceded defeat late Thursday. He said there was no longer enough support for the government in Denmark’s 179-member parliament, and that he would hand in his resignation to the queen Friday morning. Social […]

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Exit Polls Show Denmark to Elect Opposition, First Woman PM

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Danish voters appear set to elect the center-left into power and the country’s first female prime minister in parliamentary elections Thursday, after a decade of center-right rule. Early exit polls show the left-leaning opposition Social Democrats led by Helle Thorning-Schmidt winning a clear majority with 93 of the 179 seats in parliament. One poll gave […]

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Polls Open In Denmark’s Parliamentary Election

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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The polls have opened in Denmark’s parliamentary election Thursday, where voters are deciding the fate of a decade of center right rule. Recent opinion polls show the ruling center right government led by Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rassmussen is trailing the left leaning Social Democrats. If the Social Democrats take power, Helle Thorning-Schmidt would likely […]

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Social Democrats Expect Gains in Denmark’s Parliamentary Elections

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Denmark holds parliamentary elections Thursday, with the ruling center-right coalition expected to face strong opposition from a left-wing bloc led by the Social Democrats. Three different surveys released Wednesday show the Social Democrats with a clear lead over Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen’s coalition, which has been in power for 10 years. If the Social […]

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Threats Force Cartoonist Westergaard to Leave Norway Tour

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who inflamed Islamists with his caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, says he cut short his book tour in Oslo, Norway after being told of a possible threat. The 76-year-old Westergaard returned from Oslo to Denmark late Monday after Norwegian and Danish security agents warned of a possible plot against him. The […]

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Somali Pirates Free Danish Family, Crew

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Somali pirates have released a Danish family of five and two Danish crew members who were seized while sailing around the world more than six months ago. In a statement Wednesday, the Danish foreign ministry said the freed hostages were safe and doing well under the circumstances. Danish authorities did not indicate if a ransom […]

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