Denmark Dropping 'Fat Tax' for Business

Authorities say that the tax inflated food prices and cost the economy jobs

Denmark's controversial fat tax has only been around for a year or so, and already the government has announced plans to drop it.

According to BBC News, the Danish government plans to abolish the so-called "fat tax" that charged more for foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fats. The reason? The tax had inflated food prices, put Danish jobs at risk, and emigrated businesses outside country lines, as people traveled to Germany to stock up on foods.

Similarly, the planned tax on sugar is canceled, AFP reports; both measures were meant to limit the Danish population's fatty food intake, as 47 percent of the population is overweight and 13 percent is obese.


In fact, the UN even stood behind the tax, finding that a 10 percent tax on sodas could lead to an 8 to 10 percent reduction in soft drink sales. We wonder how long Bloomberg's large soda ban will stay in effect.