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The truth about Denmark and Socialism

July 4, 2019

Martin Ågerup is a Danish economist and the current president of the think tank CEPOS.

The IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood sat down with Martin to discuss the meme that Denmark is somehow a socialist Valhalla to those on the Left. Martin dismissed the claim that Denmark is somehow proof that socialism is preferable to free-market capitalism, promising more happiness, greater wealth, or both.

Martin explained the contradiction between Denmark’s big government and prosperity, with its liberal social values, a reformed welfare state, broad tax base, low corporate tax, efficient services and discussed the public perceptions of it, and even offered a Danish liberal's perspective on the EU and Brexit.

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