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Afghan-born Sakandar Khan, 30, was among the first nine new Danish citizens who shook hands with Denmark’s immigration minister under a new law that makes a handshake the final step in the naturalization process.

“This is a huge thing for me. I am thrilled,” the former practicing Muslim dressed in shirt and tie said with a smile.

For Khan, who fled Afghanistan with his family in 2001, shaking the hand of the minister, who happens to be female, was not a problem. But the law has...

Denmark will require anyone who takes Danish citizenship to shake hands at the naturalization ceremony, under a law passed on Thursday, which lawmakers say is aimed at Muslims who refuse on religious grounds to touch members of the opposite sex.

The law has prompted strong reactions from some of the mayors who must conduct such ceremonies, and who are upset that they will become the faces and fists of a policy they call awkward, “purely symbolic” and irrelevant to an applicant’s...

Police in Denmark say they fined a Turkish tourist 1,000 kroner ($155) after she entered a police station to renew her visa wearing a full-face covering.

Police in Aarhus, western Denmark, say the 48-year-old woman wasn’t aware of Denmark’s recent law that makes it unlawful to wear such garments in public.

The much-debated "burqa ban" prohibits garments covering the face, including burqas and niqabs. Both are rarely seen in Denmark.

Police said Tuesday that the woman...

Powerful pictures from the Faroe Islands show the sea turned blood red after dozens of whales were killed by islanders in preparation for the harsh winter months.

Cambridge University student Alastair Ward, 22, photographed the traditional "whale driving" carried out by the community in the bay in Sandavágu.

Pilot whale meat and blubber are a food source that will help feed the 50,000 Faroese through winter. Locals have been carrying out the annual hunts for centuries, but the...

On Aug. 1, when face veils are banned in Denmark, Sabina will not be leaving her niqab at home. Instead, she will be defying the law and taking to the street in protest.

In May, the Danish parliament banned the wearing of face veils in public, joining France and some other European countries to uphold what some politicians say are secular and democratic values.

Under the law, police will be able to instruct women to remove their veils or order them to leave public areas....

Starting at the age of 1, “ghetto children” must be separated from their families for at least 25 hours a week, not including nap time, for mandatory instruction in “Danish values,” including the traditions of Christmas and Easter, and Danish language.

Noncompliance could result in a stoppage of welfare payments. Other Danish citizens are free to choose whether to enroll children in preschool up to the age of six.

Denmark’s government is introducing a new set of laws to...

Denmark has joined several European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, in a move condemned by human rights campaigners as “neither necessary nor proportionate”.

In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees on May 29, Danish lawmakers approved the law presented by Denmark’s centre-right governing coalition. The government says it is not aimed at any religions and does not ban headscarves, turbans or the traditional Jewish skull...

A Danish government minister has asserted that Muslims should not work during Ramadan because the month-long daylight fasting period poses safety hazards in some professions and makes the practice “dangerous for us all.”

The integration minister, Inger Støjberg, an immigration hardliner in Denmark’s centre-right government, questioned in a blog post on Monday how “commanding observance to a 1,400-year-old pillar of Islam” was compatible with modern labour markets.

In her post...

The Turkish Embassy in the Danish capital Copenhagen was attacked by four people with Molotov cocktails early Monday, according to a police official.

Torben Madsen from the Copenhagen police told reporters that the police had noticed the attack while patrolling the area at around 2.55 a.m. local time (0155GMT).

Madsen said a number of police officers were sent to the area, adding that the police officer who spotted the incident was focused on extinguishing the fire rather than...

Denmark, following in the footsteps of several other European countries, seeks to target Muslim women for their religious convictions. 

In 2004, the Danish People's Party presented a motion, which discussed the prohibition of wearing cultural headscarves. The ban included: “any type of scarf or headwear that falls outside the category of Christian or Jewish culture.”

In 2009, when the Danish parliament proposed a resolution which forbade the wearing of the burka and niqab in...

Denmark don’t accept refugees for 3 years is now deporting the little refugee girl they used once for their self-promotion.

Denmark adopted a resolution not to accept refugees which they must be accept in between 2015-2018 due to United Nations refugee quota.

In a photograph, a Danish police officer was playing with a refugee girl had a widespread media coverage. Image also got credit from European media.

As Denmark wins general approval for its sensibility on refugee...

Denmark will no longer automatically accept a quota of refugees under a U.N. resettlement program after passing a law on Wednesday that enables the government to determine how many can enter each year. Since 1989, Denmark has agreed to take 500 refugees a year selected by the United Nations under a program to ease the burden on countries that neighbor war zones. But after the European migration crisis in 2015 brought almost 20,000 claims for asylum, Denmark has refused to take any U.N. quota...

An Algerian man has died two days after he was treated “roughly” by Danish police on board an aircraft while being deported to Paris, Anadolu reported on Friday. A report in the Danish tabloid Extra Bladet said that the 34-year-old was escorted by police to Copenhagen Airport on Monday for deportation. A struggle apparently took place which lasted 30 minutes. The local report explained that two policemen then stood over the body of the Algerian citizen and kept him motionless. When his...

Doctors sporting full beards should not be allowed to practice in Danish hospitals, the right-wing Danish People's Party has said, arguing voluminous facial hair is a clear manifestation of Islamic faith. The comments caused a huge social media backlash.

The idea was recently floated by Henrik Thorup, a top Danish People’s Party (DF) candidate in the upcoming Danish municipal elections. Unveiling the controversial proposal, Thorup said that enforcing the ban should “put an end to this...

On Tuesday, Danish Immigration, Integration and Housing Minister Inger Stojberg published a polemic portrayal of Islam's Prophet Muhammad on social media. The caricature portrays the religion's founder with a bomb fuse burning down on his turban and was one of the dozen published by the right-wing Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in 2005 that caused international outcry and allegations of racism. Images of Muhammad are considered blasphemous in Islam. Stojberg, who decides on conditions for...