In Part 1 of this review, we showed the claim that Denmark is the happiest country in the world because of the listed items is a logical fallacy; its not true.
In this part, we learn that the $20 minimum wage claim is not true either.
- Part 1: Denmark is the world’s happiest nation because of the following reasons (Not true)
- Part 2: Denmark has a $20/hour minimum wage (No, it does not).
- Part 3: Denmark has a 33 hour work week (No, it does not)
- Part 4: Denmark has Free University (yes, but read why)
- Part 5: Denmark has Free Childcare (No, it does not – this claim is a lie).
- Part 6: Denmark has Free Healthcare, sort of
DENMARK DOES NOT HAVE $20 MINIMUM WAGE LAW
Denmark does not have a minimum wage law. The $20 figure comes from the AVERAGE of the lowest minimum wage negotiated for union jobs in Denmark [Source 2]. About 65-75% of workers in Denmark belong to a trade union. “Average” also means that some have a lower wage than $20. The $20 minimum wage claim is a distortion.
“Wage formation in Denmark is mainly based on collective and to a lesser degree individual bargaining. There is no legislation neither regarding wage formation in general nor regarding a national minimum wage.”
“Unions and employers’ associations still stand firmly on the view that pay-setting and minimum wages are issues for collective bargaining and not for legislation. A fixed minimum wage would in the long run render the bargaining system, the so-called Danish Model, superfluous, they claim.” [Source 1]
Note also that in this poster, Occupy Democrats correctly translated the Danish Krone into US $s for price comparison, whereas in a similar poster regarding Canada, Occupy Democrats played a sleight-of-hand-trick, leaving the minimum wage in Canadian $s but comparing it to the differently valued US $. Details on the Canadian propaganda poster are here.
A more recent version of this poster now asserts a $21 per hour minimum wage in Denmark, which of course, is also not true for the same reasons. That said, wages are greater in Denmark for many reasons, including that 1 in 4 residents live in Copenhagen, the fifth most expensive city to live in, in the world. Denmark also has the highest taxes of any country in the world, ranging from about 40% to 70% of all personal income (including Denmark, local and 25% Value Added Tax). At $20/hour, the after tax take home pay is still better than in the U.S., but not by a huge amount.
Future posts will look at:
- Part 1 DEBUNKED: Denmark is the world’s happiest nation because of the following reasons (Nope)
- Part 2 DEBUNKED: Denmark has a $20/hour minimum wage (No, it does not).
- Part 3 DEBUNKED: Denmark has a 33 hour work week (No, it does not)
- Part 4 Denmark has free university tuition (True, but you may be surprised to learn why)
- Part 5 Denmark has free child care (No they do not)
- Part 6 Denmark has free health care (True at point of service, but not true in terms of the flat “Health” tax charged on everyone to pay for that care)
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Why is the Denmark ranked the happiest country in the world by the United Nations?
$20 minimum wage
33 hour work week
Free Child Care
Free Health Care
Why is Denmark the happiest country in the world?
$20 minimum wage
33-hour work week
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Denmark v. USA
$21/hr. minimum wage $7.25/hr. minimum wage
Free healthcare, childcare, college and job training – Healthcare, childcare and college are a luxury, can bankrupt you or saddle you with debt
Paid sick and parental leave – No paid sick/parental leave
Only 6.1% of children live in poverty – 23.1% of children are poor, highest rate in rich world
Ranked #1 happiest country
Ranked #1 country for business
Ranked #1 most unequal rich country
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