A few weeks ago, we had en election for the Danish parlament.
179 danes from 9 different parties have been chosen.
Following an election is always exciting – and this year was no exception.
I followed the election as an entrepreneur.
I strongly believe that the major part of job-creation happens in small and middle-sized businesses (what we in Denmark call the SMV-segment for ”Små og Mellemstore Virksomheder”). You can see the definition on small en middle sized businesses here on Wikipedia.
We need more of those.
But the worlds highest taxes and a particular tax on investments (created by our former liberal gouvernment?!) doesn’t exactly help this.
Let me walk you through 3 of the different Danish parties – two who wants to do everything they can for entrepreneurs and one, who really just wants us to become employed by the state instead.
A few years back the party ”Ny Alliance” was created. After a turbulent year it made it to 0.0 % of the votes – just to be reborn as a liberal party and at the recent election almost 8 % of alle danes voted here.
Liberal Alliance is the most entrepreneur-friendly party we have.
Cutting taxes and eliminating unneccessary laws is two of the main issues for the party.
Votes for this party comes especially from the area north of Copenhagen, known for habiting the more wealthy part of Denmark.
A friend of mine recently sold his company and is now being taxed both 25 % in his company (company tax) – and if he later wants to pull out money to himself, he’ll be taxed a minimum of 50 % here. Should he choose to invest the money, he’ll still be taxed at least 25 %.
I can’t be the only person who thinks this is crazy.
Two years ago, Alternativet was created. It almost immediately became the laughing stock of the political elite. The reason for this is that Alternativet (The Alternative) does not have well documented financed plans for what they want to do – but they do know a course.
They want the danes to work 30 hours instead of 37 hours per week; a society based on ecology; more small danish businesses (important!); only renewable energy; more rights for animals and so on.
A whopping 5 % of danes voted for this party – a shock for the political elite I mentioned before. My own little sister included.
While it may seem like a very socialist party, one of the main issues for this party is improving what the society offers for small entrepreneurs. The founder is a former entrepreneur himself.
Alternativet have shown in the recent election that danes do not care about a billion here or there in the final math piece – they want a course they can relate to instead.
Now I’ve mentioned two parties who want entrepreneurs the best. Let’s look at one who really doesn’t.
Enhedslisten is the closest we come to a communist party in Denmark. Besides getting rid of the police and military, they want to nationalise all danish companies and give the ownership party to the state; partly to the common employees.
It’s never worked before and of course it won’t in Denmark either.
Funny thing is that almost 20 % (!) of people in Copenhagen actually vote for this party, set aside what I just said.
That goes beyond me. I actually put together a little protest site on this party a few years back – if you want to, you can check it out here.
If you’re interested in the election, you can see the complete result here. Note that the second biggest party is Dansk Folkeparti (Danish Folk Party). A few years ago this was unthinkable. The party is known especially for wanting better conditions for elderly and a strick politic towards foreigners. When the result came in, people especially in Copenhagen threatened to move to Sweden because they were emberassed, while the rest of the country rolled their eyes and noted that Danish Folk Party actually listened to more than just the capital. If you can read danish, this is one of the more interesting things to read about in the paper!
If you’ve followed the election, please, do write a comment on here. You may disagree with me on how I feel on the parties and you may have viewen the election as something else than an entrepreneur.
I look forward to read your opinion!