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Have Danish authorities made public the scope of their investigation into the Nord Stream sabotage?

The initial reason(s) invoked by German federal prosecutors in opening an investigation into the Nord Stream sabotage were that Federal prosecutors are investigating "persons unknown" ...
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Why does Denmark provide a significantly lower level of protection to some refugees if there's a Common European Asylum System?

In 2015 and 2019, the Danish government introduced a series of legislative amendments that fundamentally changed Danish asylum practice. With these changes in mind, this report observes that residence ...
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History or events likely triggering or being used by Koran-burning anti-Muslim groups in Denmark and Sweden?

notability: This is not intended to be another "why is there racism" question. The Koran-burning and related activities have had direct impact on NATO membership discussions and delays. ...
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Is there any official confirmation that Denmark will replace their French 155mm guns (that they're giving to Ukraine) with Israeli ones?

A couple of sources 1 2 seem to indicate that Denmark is giving away all their CAESAR 155mm howitzers to Ukraine... and planning to get Israeli ATMOS howitzers as replacements. The first part of this ...
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What if no party crosses the electoral threshold in a parliamentary election?

In some countries, there is an electoral threshold that political parties must cross to win seats in the parliament. For example, in Germany, the threshold is 5% of national votes, in Sweden the ...
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Why did Denmark, Sweden, and Germany reject a joint investigation offered by Russia?

Why did Denmark, Sweden, and Germany reject a joint investigation offered by Russia regarding the explosion of the NordStream pipeline? What are their respective problems?
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What are the terms of the agreement between Russia and Denmark on the militarization of Bornholm?

In a Danish newspaper article it is mentioned that the Russian ambassador implies that there is a treaty regarding troops on Bornholm. The Danish government denies this. What is the article referring ...
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Why do some governments completely remove COVID-19 restrictions instead of keeping minimum ones?

This might happen in multiple countries, but I keep the question focused by considering Denmark's case. Denmark removed all restrictions in September and was considering adding some restrictions at ...
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How did Denmark manage to create multiple strong and enduring political parties despite having a 2% electoral threshold?

The current Folketing (Danish Parliament) has a 2% electoral threshold for its levelling seats. This means that any party that has received 2% of the national vote share can get into the Parliament. ...
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Why does the government formation process tend to be so fast in Denmark?

In Denmark, the government formation process after each general election tends to be extremely fast by European standard. In fact, the last government formation only took 20 days after the 2019 ...
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How is judicial independence maintained under the principle of parliamentary sovereignty / supremacy?

Under the principle of parliamentary sovereignty, the legislature is deemed to be more powerful than both the executive and judicial branch. While I am familiar with how the executive-legislature ...
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In parliamentary systems, why are Speakers of Parliament often granted special independence, despite no such protection is required in Constitution?

In parliamentary systems, the Speaker (once elected by the Parliament) usually cannot be removed by a decision of Parliament, which grants them special independence to act impartially. However, most ...
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Why does Denmark allow its citizens to return from Sweden, but not admit Swedes?

Returning Danes cause 6km 'corona queue' at Swedish border - The Local While Danes can enter Sweden without restrictions, Swedish citizens are not allowed to cross into Denmark unless they work ...
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If an election uses proportional representation + levelling seats, is it possible to produce overhang seats?

When we talk about overhang seats, we tend to think of countries like Germany which uses MPP (Mixed-Member Proportional Representation) and levelling seats. But I want to focus on countries that use ...
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How are levelling seats allocated in Scandinavian elections?

In Scandinavian countries such as Denmark and Sweden, their parliaments tend to be comprised of district seats (allocated based on vote count within the district) and levelling seats (allocated based ...
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Dependencies, autonomous territories and the EU

UK Crown Dependencies (e.g.: Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man), Overseas Territories (e.g.: The Falkland Islands) as well as Danish autonomous territories (Greenland and the Faroe Islands) are not ...
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Why is Denmark willing to allow Greenland to become independent, but not willing to sell it to the US?

From what I understand, Greenland has been slowly moving towards complete independence, with Denmark willingly granting it home rule back in 2008. So it looks as if Denmark is perfectly willing to let ...
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Would Greenland need the permission of Denmark to make a deal with the United States if they became independent?

Greenland is an "autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark" with "home rule" granted since 1979. As part of a self-rule law passed in 2009 (section §21), Greenland can declare independence at any ...
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What are the geopolitical reasons for the United States wanting to buy Greenland?

Apparently, the US has been interested in buying Greenland (an autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark) since at least 1946 when the Truman administration attempted to buy it for $100 million ...
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Why did a party with more votes get fewer seats in the 2019 European Parliament election in Denmark?

The official result of the 2019 European Parliament election in Denmark is: Parti Antal Pct. Mandater A. Socialdemokratiet 592.645 21,5% 3 B. ...
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Does the new Danish education law conflict with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights?

Is this new policy of Denmark consistent with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-denmark-immigration/denmark-to-school-ghetto-kids-in-democracy-and-christmas-...
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Why would the government force its population to save for retirement?

Here in Denmark we pretty much have "forced" retirement saving. Almost everybody in regular employment pays about $15 a month plus 12% of their monthly salary into a pension fund. [1] You can save ...
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Why does Denmark spend less of their budget on their universal health care than USA does?

Health care makes up about 28 % of the federal spending in the US. See this. In Denmark, a country which, unlike the US, offers universal health care, which ought to be more expensive for the ...
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How much alcohol has changed hands as part of the "Whisky War"?

Canada and Denmark have a territorial dispute over Hans Island between Ellesmere Island and Greenland in the arctic. Starting in 1984, each country has sent expeditions which have placed their own ...
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"Debunking Scandinavian Envy"

On Greg Mankiw's blog, he posted the following entry, titled "Debunking Scandinavian Envy". http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2016/08/debunking-scandinavia-envy.html Fact of the day: "Danish-...
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Will it be harder to emigrate to a European country (e.g. Denmark) if Britain leaves the EU?

The current figures look as if Britain will vote to leave the EU: UK Politics Blog: EU Polling Data I am a British Citizen and would like to move to Denmark in around a year or so anyway, but if ...
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Why did Denmark stop refugees transiting from Germany to Sweden?

At one point (2015-09-09), there were no trains running between Germany and Denmark. Denmark announced it would return any migrants/refugees who do not wish to seek asylum in Denmark, back to Germany ...
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How were the votes split on the Danish Folketing election the 26th of July 1881?

I'm researching Danish election results back from the first election in 1849. However, I've been unable to find any information on the election the 26th of July 1881. Wikipedia has an article for all ...
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