A new report form the Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI) has identified 15 different extremist groups spread throughout the country, but centred mostly around Denmark’s largest cities.
Identifying the groups has espousing “opinions that can be in conflict with democratic governance and ideals of tolerance”, SFI says there are six radical right groups, four left-wing radical organisations and five extremist Islamic groups.
Despite the identification of the groups, SFI stressed that it could definitively say how many extremist individuals are in Denmark.
“It has not been possible to obtain an insight into how many people the groups include and because our survey is a snapshot, it is difficult to conclude if the individual groups are growing or on the retreat,” the organisation wrote in a press release.
While the extremist groups can be found throughout Denmark, SFI’s report points to a large concentration of Muslim extremists in Copenhagen’s Vestegn, a collection of western suburbs.
The study showed that the far-right and far-left typically battle against one another, while the Islamic groups are more isolated.
The researchers said that all identified groups officially distance themselves from violence but that “individuals connected to the environments make use of criminal and violent methods.”
Of the three major groups, the far-right extremists were singled out as being the group most likely to resort to violence, particularly the Danish Defence League and Danmarks Nationale Front.
SFI’s extremism study was carried out at the behest of the Ministry for Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs.
The 15 extremist groups are:
Danish Defence League
Danmarks Nationale Front
Dansk National Socialistisk Bevægelse
Stop Islamiseringen af Danmark
Folkebevægelsen mod indvandring
Kaldet til Islam