Freedom in denmark

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Freedom in Denmark

Is Denmark really a free country ?

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Denmark is a democratic society that offers freedom, responsibility and equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, race, culturalbackground and way of life. Everyone is free to think, speak and write what they feel, form associations, practise their religion or follow an alternative way of life. Personal freedom and equality are fundamental values in Danish society - limited only by the need to respect the personal freedom and equality of others.
(extract from the official portal for foreigners and integration)

Liberty isthe ability to act following his or her own will without being subjected to power of others. In the Middle Ages, a liberty was a land on which the lord had given up his rights.

Danish democracy is based on old and deep-rooted traditions developed as a reaction against royal absolutism in the 18th and early 19th century. Individuals liberties are secured by the danish Constitution. This onepermits also the use of referenda, which implicates the people influence on certain issues. The citizens accept however decisions taken by majority voting at different levels of the government. Moreover they are bound to respect the law, to pay taxes, to serve in the armed forces and so on …

The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subjectto such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining theauthority and impartiality of the judiciary.
Extract from The European Convention on Human Rights Article 10

The modern conceptions of democracy inevitably includes the respect of freedom. But as the European Convention on Human Rights says, the government may take measures to limit these freedom for « national security ». On the official website (see the introduction text), Danemark is showed asa very tolerant and respectful country, but how does danish government deals with the respect of the freedom and the « necessary » limits that goes with it ? What are the limits of freedom hiden behind the democratic façade ? Is Danemark really a free country ?

I- The respect of the liberty in Denmark

a) freedom of expression

b) freedom in society

The limits offreedom in Denmark

a) The CPR Number : The danish identity

b) Strict laws and severe penalty

I- The respect of the liberty in Denmark

a) freedom of expression

Danish citizens are very attached to their freedom of expression, garanteed by the Constitution of 1849. It is established as a protection against interventions of the government which would censor the press...