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MAP: The 18 Danish municipalities given cash injections for 2023

The Danish state is to provide extra funding in 2023 to 18 municipalities which have struggled to stretch their budgets to cover costs.

MAP: The 18 Danish municipalities given cash injections for 2023
Langeland is among 18 Danish municipalities to be given extra financing from the state in 2023. File photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

The 18 municipalities are each to be given special funding from a 620 million-kroner pool, the Ministry of the Interior and Housing confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.

An agreement relating to municipal budgets next year resulted in an additional 250 million kroner being added to the funding compared to normal years, the ministry said.

“With this year’s financial [municipal] agreement we are reaching an extraordinarily high level for special subsidies in 2023 with more than 600 million kroner,” Interior and Housing Minister Christian Rabjerg Madsen said in the statement.

“I hope that the 18 municipalities use this opportunity to invest in measures that can support a long-term improvement of their financial situations,” he said.

The 18 municipalities, and their share of the pool in millions of kroner, can be viewed on the map below. They are distributed across Denmark but with relatively high concentrations in northwestern Jutland and on southern islands Lolland and Langeland.

 

Lolland and Langeland’s municipalities, as well as the municipality of northern island Læsø, had already been pledged some funding from the pool as part of development partnership agreements announced earlier this year.

To be awarded the funding, municipal governments were required to apply based on pre-set criteria.

These related to their demographic and socioeconomic situations along with current and ongoing financial difficulties, the ministry states.

A total of 50 Danish municipalities applied for the special subsidies for 2023. 21 have been given dispensation to borrow from a loan fund of 200 million kroner.

The money is separate and considered supplementary to the so-called udligningssystem (‘levelling system’) which distributes state budgets between municipalities in an attempt to ensure equal funding.

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Danish party’s historic TV ad ‘possibly illegal’

A Danish political party may have broken the law by having a commercial for its election campaign broadcast during a football match, according to an expert.

Danish party’s historic TV ad ‘possibly illegal’

Party political television commercials are not permitted in Denmark, making an ad for the Liberal Alliance party, which appeared during the UEFA Champions League tie between Manchester City and FC Copenhagen on Wednesday, a remarkable first in Danish politics.

In the ad, the libertarian party depicts a taxpayer calling the Danish tax services and struggling to resolve a problem.

By voting for Liberal Alliance, less bureaucracy would mean such a situation can be avoided, the party argues in the commercial.

But the ad is likely to be illegal in Denmark according to professor in marketing law at Copenhagen Business School Jan Trzaskowski.

“I find it hard to see how this could be legal. The rules are relatively clear when it comes to radio and TV,” Trzaskowski told news wire Ritzau.

The political commercial was shown on channel TV3+. Political advertisement is not permitted in Denmark on either commercial or non-commercial channels.

Liberal Alliance leader Alex Vanopslagh said on Wednesday that the ad had not broken the law because TV3+ is broadcast from Sweden.

But the loophole, known as the “broadcasting country principle”, does not apply in this case according to Trzaskowski.

“The basis [of the principle] is that if you have a broadcasting business established in a country, you only need to comply with the laws there,” he said.

“But that only applies with regard to what is harmonised with the [legal] directive. And political commercials are not,” he said.

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