Denmark's Economic Savior: Cheaper Soda
Nation is scrapping its soda tax to encourage spending
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2013 5:10 PM CDT
Denmark instituted a soda tax to encourage healthy eating, but now politicians say they would rather have the money.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It's a policy that would make New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gag. Over in Denmark, politicians are repealing their country's tax on sodas (and beer), in an effort to give their struggling economy some fizz, reports Der Spiegel. The soda tax will be cut in half in July, then eliminated altogether next year. No reports on how much soda the Danes drink, but Denmark's finance minister said cutting the soda tax would provide a "powerful growth spurt" to the economy.

Denmark instituted the soda tax, along with a tax on saturated fats, to promote healthy living. But with a tax of 52 cents for a 1.5-liter bottle, Danes have been traveling across the border to Germany to buy much of their soda. With their economy slowing down, Danish politicians want that money to stay at home. Oh, and that saturated fat tax? It was struck down last month, in part to protect jobs.

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maureen_aba
Apr 29, 2013 1:24 PM CDT
This is just further proof that the only thing this sort of tax proposal does is place financial hardship on families. It's not the government's job to oversee the grocery shopping of its citizens. At the end of the day, individuals can decide for themselves what to eat, drink, and feed their families.
orlandojonny
Apr 28, 2013 3:22 PM CDT
There is something to be learned here. We seem hell bent on the policies of Europe, but as we are implementing them they are repealing them because they don't work
charleswlee
Apr 28, 2013 10:21 AM CDT
Government can't legislate people's eating habits. Most of western governments have been basing their recommendations and bad science anyway, so they've caused the health problems in the first place.