Refugees in Denmark

Refugees coming into Denmark will now be able to only keep valuables worth up to 10,000 kroner (about US$1,450). The police at Denmark’s borders can take away valuables over that amount from them. The police won’t take things that have special emotional value to people such as wedding rings. This new law has been approved by Denmark’s government to help pay for the refugees’ stay. Earlier, refugees could apply for their relatives to join them after a year’s stay in Denmark. They will now have to wait for three years. There has been a large number of refugees coming into Europe from nations such as Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and more. These people have been forced to leave their countries in order to escape war and persecution. In 2015, Denmark received about 20,000 refugees.

Denmark is considered to be a “happy” country. It has repeatedly shown up amongst the happiest nations in the United Nation’s World Happiness Report. Two people from Denmark have certainly added a lot of happiness to many children’s lives around the globe. One is the author Hans Christian Andersen (image) who is  famous for his fairy tales such as “The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling”. He lived from 1805 to 1875. The other is Ole Kirk Kristiansen, a carpenter who founded the toy company called the LEGO Group.  He lived from 1891 to 1958.

Image Credits: Thora Hallager for Andersen’s image
Sources: Al Jazeera, http://unsdsn.org, http://worldhappiness.report/, http://www.lego.com/, http://hca.gilead.org.il/, www.biography.com, http://www.independent.co.uk