Fat Food Taxes in Denmark


The authorities of Denmark have introduced a tax on fat foods to increase life expectancy of the population.

The new tax will be 16 kroons (about $3) per kilogram of saturated fat in the product. When calculating the amount of the tax, the proportion of fat in the ingredients rather than their content in the final product will be taken into account.

An attempt to improve the nutrition of the population has become one of the ways to increase life expectancy of the Danes for 3 years during the next decade. In terms of life expectancy, Denmark lags behind the average age in Europe, which is 79 years.

In European countries, there is an additional taxation of sugar content in foods and alcohol-free drinks. Denmark has become the first country in Europe to introduce similar restrictions concerning fat foods. The tax will increase the price of oil and half-prepared meat products.