Danish government pushes back on Fox Business report ripping 'socialist' Denmark

Danish government pushes back on Fox Business report ripping 'socialist' Denmark
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Danish government officials are pushing back on a Fox Business segment that framed "socialist" Denmark as an overtaxed dystopia with high unemployment rates.

During the segment that aired last week, host Trish Regan compared Denmark to the struggling Venezuela, attributing both countries' social ills to socialist policies and leadership.

She claimed "everyone in Denmark is working for the government," pointing to the country's relatively high tax rates, and accused the country of reducing graduation rates by offering students money to attend college.

"That’s the reality of socialism," she said. "Nowadays, all the kids graduating from school in Denmark, they want to start cupcake cafes. Nobody’s incentivized to do anything because they’re not going to be rewarded." 

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Denmark's minister of finance and ambassador to the U.S. both took to Twitter this week to criticize the Fox Business host's assessments, which they called misinformed. 

"So Danes don’t wants to work?" Danish Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen wrote on Monday. "11 places better than US in OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] statistics! We are working much more than Americans and at the same time ranking as the worlds best in Work-Life-Balance."

"You should come to Denmark if you dare be confronted with facts," he added, tagging Regan's personal Twitter account. He followed up his remarks with a smiley face.  

Danish Ambassador to the U.S. Lars Gert Lose posted a document with Denmark's global rankings, which show the small country coming out on top in terms of unemployment and education.

Denmark is not technically socialist, but its social welfare policies are more expansive than those in the U.S. Unemployment rates in Denmark are lower than those in the U.S. and its residents are more productive on average than Americans, according to data compiled by the economic research company Trading Economics

"I do want to clarify my point from a segment last week on socialism. Just to be clear, I was never implying that conditions in Denmark were similar in any way to the current tragedy on the ground there in Venezuela," Regan said during her show on Wednesday. "I was merely pointing out, using reports from The Atlantic, The Independent and other publications, that socialism is not the way."

Updated on Aug. 15 at 2:08 p.m.