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In Denmark, vaccinations are not mandatory. The Danish population has a strong awareness of the importance of personal freedom and individual rights.
Denmark has fewer vaccines in the "childhood vaccination programme" than other Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, Norway and Finland. Denmark does not use Rotavirus vaccine and there is no hepatitis B vaccine in multi-vaccine vaccinations. Denmark is the Scandinavian country that uses the least childhood vaccines.
For military service, vaccines are mandatory.
There are no requirements that children must have been vaccinated in order to enter kindergarten or school.
The right of parents to educate their children at home has long been paramount in Denmark, although the availability of a variety of smaller schools has made it rare for parents to do so. Indeed, Friskole, private schools benefiting from state aid, have their roots in the practice of home education.
The Danish Constitution guarantees parents the right to choose where to receive education in §76 of Chapter VIII of 1849. According to the Danish Ministry of Education, "provided that a certain minimum standard [of education] is achieved, it is a matter of choice for parents whether education is received 1) in publicly provided municipal primary and lower secondary school, 2) in a private school, or 3) at home."
The 1995 Education Act provides a broad exemption from the requirement to attend a public school, including a homeschooling provision that exempts children from the following educational settings from participation in Folkeskole education:
- in a registered free primary school
- In a private upper secondary school
- In a state secondary school
- In a municipal or provincial upper secondary school
- In a 24-hour institution under the Social Welfare Act.
- Receive home tuition in accordance with the provisions of the Free Schools and Private Primary Schools Act.
However, parents are responsible for ensuring that their children receive an education equivalent to that provided by the Folkeskole. Homeschoolers are supervised by people from the local municipality, who make sure that homeschooled children receive an equivalent education. In practice, supervision can vary greatly and practices differ from one municipality to another.
For more information visit the websiteHSLDA.
For more information visit the websiteEcdc.
Recognition and compensation for vaccine injuries
The Report Can Be Made by the Patients Ore by Health Workers. Adverse Events of Vaccines Must Be Reported to National Medical Agency The Danish Medicines Agency
Local organizations pro-freedom of choice in the therapeutic field
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