DENMARK: The Artful Tax Dodger

Some Danes like to say that their country's standard of living is so high that nobody can afford it. Or at least nobody can figure out how to pay for it. Last week, despite a provisional settlement, more than 250,000 workers were still out on strike in the worst general labor tie-up since World War II. Beyond the current strike is the issue of who pays how much for Denmark's cradle-to-grave security. Danish taxes are among the world's heaviest—nearly 53% of last year's gross national product. Meanwhile, the biggest industry in the...

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