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Prevention of extremism in Denmark

The Danish prevention model is based on the fact that extremism has a range of negative consequences. Extremism not only causes terrorism, violence, threats, vandalism and other hate driven crime; it also harms the social well-being and the personal development of individuals.

Consequently, prevention is based on several legislations and rationales, notably:

  • The penal code - preventing violence and other crime (the security rationale)
  • Social legislation - ensuring individuals social well-being (the social rationale)
  • Educational legislation - preparing pupils for a society with freedom and democracy (the formative rationale) and safeguarding learning environments

These different legislations and rationales provide the basis for a broad, cross-sectoral cooperation involving local, regional and national authorities.

Concerns on persons possibly being involved in extremism are handled locally in a multi-agency crime preventive collaboration called the Info-house.

The broader efforts to promote resilience, civic citizenship and mutual respect amongst the general population is carried out in the daily life of schools, day care and other basic institutions, which endeavour to give children and youngsters democratic, critical and social competencies.

Read about the Danish Info-houses.

Read about interagency collaborations at all levels.

Read about the assessment tool for analysing concerns on individuals who may be involved in extremism.

Read about tailormade interventions and the national corps of mentors and parent coaches.

Read about municipal action plans for prevention of extremism.

Read our knowledge synthesis on extremism and prevention.

last modified Jul 01, 2020