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Denmark Adds Tax To Unhealthy Fatty Foods

In an effort to curb unhealthy eating, several countries are adding taxes to foods which contain too much sugar, or, in the case of Denmark’s new tax, too much fat. Hungary introduced a tax last month for fatty foods, and those high in sugar or in salt, and on 1 October, Denmark added their tax, in an effort to reduce the amount of fat consumed in an effort to reduce cardiovascular disease. Butter and milk products are now taxed, along with pizzas, oils  and pre-cooked foods. According to Ole Linnet Juul who is the food director at Denmark’s Confederation of Industries, the tax which has been introduced is based on the amount of fat used in making the food products, rather than the amount of fat which is found in the end … Read entire article »

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt Elected Denmark’s First Female Prime Minister

The leader of the Social Democrats, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, won her first general election on 15 September, to become the first female Prime Minister of Denmark, with the final tally of seats expected to be 92 for the Social Democrats, and 87 for the out going Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen’s group. this was a smaller lead than analysts had expected from the polls, who had predicted a nine seat lead. This very small majority could be an issue for Thorning-Schmidt. Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 44, is married to Stephen Kinnock, the son of the former UK Labour Party Leader Neil Kinnock, who lost in 1992 in the British election after leading in the polls. Stephen Kinnock has come under criticism in the past for paying taxes in Switzerland where he lives and … Read entire article »

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