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Yearbook 2005

2005 DenmarkDenmark. According to countryaah, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced a new election to the Folketing at the beginning of the year, which was held in February. After a short electoral movement, the bourgeois coalition succeeded in defending its position in the elections. Admittedly, Fogh Rasmussen's Liberal party Venstre lost four seats and stayed at 52, but the Conservative government partner went ahead with two seats to 18 and the support party of the Danish People's Party increased by two seats to 24. The bourgeois majority left Radical Venstre's big winner without influence. Radical Venstre went from nine to 17 seats. The Social Democrats lost five seats and ended up at 47, which led to party leader Mogens Lykketoft leaving his post. Helle Thorning-Schmidt was chosen as his successor.

2005 Denmark

In April, it was 200 years since the author and storyteller Hans Christian Andersen was born. With Queen Margrethe at the forefront, Denmark began a year-long celebration, and the country's biggest cultural event in history, the show "It was once", was broadcast worldwide.

In connection with the 60th anniversary in May of Denmark's liberation from the Nazi occupation, Prime Minister Fogh Rasmussen made an official apology for the extradition of innocent people from Denmark to Germany during the Second World War. He described it as "shameful" that Jews and others had been handed over to Hitler Germany with the good memory of the Danish authorities. In July, President George W. Bush visited Copenhagen and met with Anders Fogh Rasmussen to express America's gratitude for Danish support for the war in Iraq. Protest demonstrations took place where both American and Danish flags were burned.

During the summer, a diplomatic struggle between Denmark and Canada developed over the right to a small and uninhabited rock island, Hans Island, between Greenland and Canada. Intense media debates raged in both countries and both foreign ministers met in conjunction with a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York without being able to resolve the conflict.

In October, Crown Princess Mary gave birth to a boy, who in turn follows his father, Crown Prince Frederik, to inherit the Danish throne.

The Jutland Post sparked uproarious debate and caused diplomatic riots when the magazine published twelve illustrations of the Prophet Muhammad in September. Images of Muhammad are seen by many Muslims as blasphemy, and in addition, the Prophet was portrayed in bad days in some of the satirical drawings. Some cartoonists received death threats and militant Internet sites were reported to have designated Denmark as a terror target because of the illustrations. Danish Muslims conducted demonstrations, and the ambassadors from a number of Muslim countries protested in letters to the Prime Minister demanding an apology from the newspaper, which however referred to freedom of expression. Egypt threatened to interrupt the dialogue with Denmark on human rights and its foreign minister called for international protest against the Jutland Post. During a visit to Denmark in November, the Prime Minister of Turkey distanced himself from the drawings and demanded respect for the sacred symbols of Islam. Prime Minister Fogh Rasmussen defended the Danish freedom of expression and stated that some "specific conditions" must be met if Turkey one day wants to become a member of the EU. Following the announcement by the Islamic State organization, the UN Commission on Human Rights asked the Danish government to give its views on the Muhammad cartoons.

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