Denmark Country Report
Despite the inclusion of two new parties in the government coalition led by the centre-right Venstre party, policy instability risks remain high given that the government only controls 53 out of 179 parliamentary seats. Danish participation in the US-led campaign against the Islamic State, the presence of Danish troops in Afghanistan, and the publication of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons by Danish newspapers in 2005–06 and 2008 makes the country a symbolical target for attack by jihadist militants. Small-arms attacks by self-radicalised individuals or small groups with criminal connections are most likely.
Denmark has a transparent regulatory system, excellent infrastructure, and efficient bureaucracy. Corruption levels are very low. The labour market is highly skilled and mobile. The government strongly supports the open economy and encourages foreign investment. The dependency of the minority government on the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party to pass legislation has led to the adoption of a stricter immigration policy. However, this will primarily affect asylum seekers and refugees rather than labour migrants from the EU. The primary operational risks to investment stem from well-organised environmental activists and trade unions.
Jihadist intent to target Danish assets is high because of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons and Denmark's military involvement against the Islamic State. Given capability constraints and surveillance, firearm attacks by individuals or small groups against soft targets are more probable than co-ordinated IED attacks, similar to the February 2015 Copenhagen shootings at a cafe and a synagogue. Individuals and buildings associated with cartoon publications or satire of Islam, as well as transportation hubs, Jewish assets, crowded public spaces in major cities such as Copenhagen and Aarhus, and government buildings and officials, are the likeliest targets.
Denmark's geographic position at the mouth of the Baltic Sea and its NATO membership puts it at risk in the unlikely event of direct conflict between Russia and NATO. In such a scenario, Denmark would become a likely target for Russian airspace and marine incursions, posing risks of disruption to commercial air and sea traffic. Similar to Canada and Russia, Denmark has asserted its own sovereignty over the Arctic. However, disputes with these two countries are unlikely to escalate into an armed conflict.
Protests and strikes are likely to be peaceful and only lead to minor disruption. The influx of refugees in the past few years and the debate over contentious immigration laws considered or introduced by the government have raised the risk of both pro- and anti-refugee protests in Denmark. Although these protests tend to be peaceful, there is a moderate risk of violence, involving scuffles between protesters and security personnel.
Vaccines required to enter the country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
Vaccines recommended for all travelers
Routine vaccinations: Consult your doctor to ensure all routine vaccinations - such as for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, varicella, etc. - are up to date (include booster shots if necessary).
Vaccines recommended for some travelers
Hepatitis A: The vaccine is given in two doses, six months apart, and is nearly 100 percent effective. The WHO recommends the vaccine be integrated into national routine immunization schedules for children aged one year or older.
Hepatitis B: The WHO recommends that all infants receive their first dose of vaccine as soon as possible after birth, preferably within 24 hours. The birth dose should be followed by two or three doses to complete the primary series. Routine booster doses are not routinely recommended for any age group.
Rabies: The rabies vaccination is typically only recommended for travel to remote areas and if the traveler will be at high risk of exposure (e.g. undertaking activities that will bring them into contact with dogs, cats, bats, or other mammals). The vaccination is administered in three doses over a three-to-four week period. Post exposure prophylaxis is also available and should be administered as soon as possible following contact with an animal suspected of being infected (e.g. bites and scratches).
Denmark has an oceanic climate. Winters are never very cold (temperatures rarely drop below -5°C) thanks to the tempering influence of the ocean, but they are quite long. In the summer temperatures range between 18°C and 25°C during the day and nights are cool. Cool winds often pass through the country, lowering temperatures. Between the end of May and mid-September, days are long and nights are clear and cool. Beginning in October cold temperatures, winds, and clouds return and remain fixtures throughout the winter.
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