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No more bombings in Denmark after border controls with Sweden – “We want to protect ourselves”

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On the 12th of November last year Denmark introduced passport controls with Sweden for the first time since the 1950s.

This came after there had been 13 explosions in Copenhagen between February and October in 2019.

“To counter the threat from serious, cross-border crime, we are enforcing the protection of the border with Sweden,” said Danish minister of justice Nick Hækkerup.

There have been no bombings in Denmark after the new border controls were introduced with Sweden.

Meanwhile in the same time period, Sweden has been struggling with over 40 bombings.

Last year saw a record number of 257 bombings in Sweden.

A 23 year old Swedish man was arrested after the Danish tax offices in Copenhagen was bombed last year.

In total, 3136 people have been checked by police and 6 have been denied entry into Denmark.

The Danish Social Liberal party says that this shows the border controls are a waste of money.

“These new figures show once again that this border control is useless. We chase innocent Danes to check if they have their passport. This money could have been used to catch people that commit violence, rapes and burglary” said Krisian Heegard of the Social Liberal party.

However, the ruling Social Democrats dismiss this.

“We need to remember what the objective here is. We want to protect ourselves from the criminality that we see in Sweden. Therefore we should not measure this in the number of people that have been denied entry, but rather if it has had an effect in regards to that” says Jeppe Bruus of the Social Democrats.

According to the police, the border controls are effective, saying that border controls are one of several tools, and that together it is “an effective protection against cross-border crime”.

“It is not only about how many we deny entry at the border, but even more important the preventative effect the controls have on the criminals, and the intelligence we gather in connection with the controls. Therefore it is about gathering intelligence and sending preventative signals” said the National police in Denmark.

The border controls will cost Denmark DKK 35 million ($5.13 million) for 6 months.

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Peter Imanuelsen
Peter Imanuelsen
Swedish journalist and political commentator. Founder and Editor-in-chief at Times of Sweden. Peter Imanuelsen has been reporting on the situation in Sweden for years and is more commonly known as PeterSweden on social media.

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