Record gains for anti-immigrant party in Danish vote

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COPENHAGEN: The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DPP) became Denmark’s second largest party in Thursday’s general election and the biggest in the right-wing bloc, which ousted a center-left government. Boosted by rising concerns over the cost of immigration to Denmark’s generous welfare state and a perceived erosion of “Danish values”, it secured 21.1 percent of the vote, its highest score ever and up from 12.3 percent in the previous election. The Social Democrats, led by outgoing Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, was the largest single party with 26.3 percent of the vote while Venstre, previously the biggest right-wing party, won 19.5 per cent.

AFP

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