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Denmark to scrap world’s first fat tax

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AFP

COPENHAGEN — Denmark said Saturday it would scrap a fat tax it introduced a little over a year ago in a world first, saying the measure was costly and failed to change Danes’ eating habits.

“The fat tax and the extension of the chocolate tax — the so-called sugar tax — has been criticised for increasing prices for consumers, increasing companies’ administrative costs and putting Danish jobs at risk,” the Danish tax ministry said in a statement.

“At the same time it is believed that the fat tax has, to a lesser extent, contributed to Danes travelling across the border to make purchases,” it added.

“Against this background, the government and the (far-left) Red Green Party have agreed to abolish the fat tax and cancel the planned sugar tax,” the ministry said.

Denmark’s centre-left minority government is made up of the Social Democrats, Social Liberals and Socialist People’s Party, and requires support from other parties to pass legislation in parliament.

The government and the Red Greens reached the agreement as part of their negotiations on the 2013 budget bill.

 

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  1. Tim

    November 11th, 2012

    Denmark’s gonna do something rational?

    Well, I NEVER woulda thunk it!

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  2. Lowell

    November 11th, 2012

    Disappointment abounds! Goddamnit! We’re the government and we ache to phuck with you in the smallest details of your life. Cause if we don’t, you’ll screw it up. We know better than you, that is exactly why we are in charge.

    I’m damn glad at this point in my life I just ignore those types.

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  3. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    November 11th, 2012

    @Tim: The Danish government is only doing something “rational” because it is costing the government money – probably lots of money. However, the linked article clearly indicates that the government is still searching for ways to force their citizens to be “more healthy.” They are socialists, and they will find other ways to screw their citizens.

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  4. scr_north

    November 11th, 2012

    Most of us remember cigarette smuggling (US to Canada through the border native reserves) back in the 80/90′s when they cranked up the tax on smokes. You can bet that now since the Denmark experiment failed that Obama do the same thing in the states. It didn’t work with smokes and it won’t work with Snickers.

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  5. Gina

    November 11th, 2012

    i think michelle should put a fat tax on all our “starving” children..
    i know, i know, they don’t pay tax but if it were pulled from the food stamps, something tells me they would turn on their leader

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  6. Chip Kale

    November 11th, 2012

    How about a Stupid Tax?

    Oh, wait…

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