Yesterday, the new Danish government announced its intention to abolish one of the country’s eleven public holidays with the aim of increasing the country’s GDP and productivity, in order to find the necessary resources to increase the defence budget. The new government brings together Atlanticists from the left, the centre and the right, with the aim of arriving three years ahead of schedule at a 2% of GDP dedicated to military spending, as requested by NATO. To obtain the resources, one of the very first decisions of the new government was to abolish ‘Store Bededag’, the ‘Great Day of Prayer’ that falls every year on the Friday before the fourth Sunday after Easter, introduced as a public holiday in 1686. The Lutheran Church has already anticipated dissatisfaction with this choice, but some businesspeople are also concerned about the loss of an important shopping day. Prime Minister Frederiksen recalled that there is war in Europe, so Denmark‘s defences must be strengthened and everyone’s contribution is needed.
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