Last Updated on August 17, 2021
In the 1970s, Muslims from Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco and the former Yugoslavia arrived in the country for work. In the 1980s and 1990s, the majority of Muslims who came to Denmark were refugees and asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Bosnia, where access to housing and work was a Source of concern for Muslims in Denmark.
Total population: 5.4 million
Muslim population (2016): 310,000
Muslims are concentrated in the major cities, in particular Copenhagen, Odense and Aarhus.
In March 2019, the Parliament rejected a proposed law to ban public sector employees from wearing religious outfits. The Danish Parliament previously rejected in 2018 a proposed law banning prayer rooms in public educational institutions.
In recent years, the rise of the antiimmigrant Danish Popular Party has given rise to positions previously considered extreme, but which become common. The Stram Kurs ( English: Hardline) party, an extreme right- wing party, was about to enter parliament in the recent elections in Denmark, where its policy is anti -Islam and calls for the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Denmark. In June 2020, Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Stram party, was sentenced to three months in prison after being convicted of racism.
Denmark has witnessed incidents of abuse of Islam, including the Danish newspaper Jyllands- Posten that published on September 30, 2005 satirical cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, May God bless him and grant him peace, which was met with a wave of massive protests in the Muslim world.