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Denmark, like the other Scandinavian countries, is known as a welfare state. This means a state with a high level of prosperity and many social services. This welfare state is established in the early decades of the twentieth century. To fund and maintain the welfare state, citizens pay high taxes. For instance income and church taxes– yes Denmark has a state church. The taxes can end up between 50 and 60 percent of their income. The government uses this money for example to let citizens enjoy free state education, paid maternity leave of 50 weeks, state subsided . . .

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