Det er svært at blive dansk

Det bliver sværere og sværere at blive dansker. Selvom jeg er født i Danmark af en dansk mor, har boet i Danmark siden 1979, og er dansk gift og har danske børn, fik jeg for nyligt afslag på min ansøgning om dansk statsborgerskab.

”De har ikke dokumenteret Deres kendskab til danske samfundsforhold, dansk kultur og historie”, stod der i anslaget til min ansøgning om dansk statsborgerskab. Afslaget dumpede ind af min brevsprække, næsten to år efter jeg havde ansøgt. Read more of this post

Becoming Danish is hard

It is increasingly hard to become Danish. Even though I am born in Denmark to a Danish mother, have lived in Denmark for most of my life, and am married to a Dane and have two Danish children, my post-Brexit application for Danish citizenship was rejected.

“You have not documented your knowledge and understanding of Danish society, culture and history,” I was told in a letter from the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration. I received this letter nearly two years after I had applied for Danish citizenship. Read more of this post

Danish double standards on human rights

Denmark is fighting for a place on the UN Human Rights Council while supporting an EU fisheries agreement with Morocco that includes Western Sahara, in violation of international law and the ruling of the EU Court of Justice.

“As a member of the [UN Human Rights] Council, Denmark will work for … a world without torture, a world where indigenous peoples’ voices are heard and all their rights respected, a world in which human rights and the rule of law constitute the cornerstone of international and national structures in society.” Read more of this post

Denmark accepts Western Sahara fisheries negotiations

The Danish government accepts the European Commission line of negotiations of a new fisheries agreement with Morocco, which includes Western Sahara, even though it disregards two EU Court of Justice verdicts.

In a briefing note, published on Thursday, the Danish Government accepted the European Commission’s line of negotiations concerning a new fisheries agreement with Morocco. In the note, the Danish Government specifically mentions that Moroccan waters include Western Sahara. Read more of this post

Danish minister questioned over Western Sahara trade

The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation was criticized by two Danish MP’s in regard to Denmark’s and the EU’s intent to ignore the European Court of Justice ruling on trade with Moroccan colony Western Sahara.

Last Thursday in the Danish European Affairs Committee, the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs was questioned on a Danish government document that referred to EU-negotiations in regard to trade with Western Sahara. Read more of this post

Don’t trade with Western Sahara says Danish parliament

IMG_3490Thursday the Danish parliament unanimously passed a motion on Western Sahara that urges Danish companies and the Danish public sector not to trade with Africa’s last colony.

During the debate that preceded the vote, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen said he would talk to Danish companies to ensure that they know of the motion and the position the Danish parliament has now taken on Western Sahara. Read more of this post

Beautiful light at the end of the tunnel

IMG_3693For Gladsaxe’s many cyclists, ‘tunnel vision’ will take on a completely new and luminous meaning in the near future, when tunnels are fitted with spectacular new interactive orange “wheels”.

Twelve tunnels will light the way of cyclists to spectacular effect in the Danish Municipality of Gladsaxe along the Farum Cycle Super Highway, a network of bikeways running through the Municipality of Gladsaxe parallel to a motorway. They provide commuting cyclists with a safe, smooth and comfortable ride with as few stops as possible. Read more of this post