Danish penalty law
The Danish Penal Code also known as The Danish Criminal Code is the codification of the central legal text and makes up the foundation of criminal law in Denmark
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The Penal Code is law number 126 of April 15, 1930 with later amendments. It came automatically into effect on January 1, 1933 replacing a wide range of previous laws, including the general penalty law of February 10, 1866. Law number 127 of April 15, 1930 describes all previous laws invalidated. It has since be changed or amended to, a large number of times, especially in the last 15 years, with between 5 and 10 changes each year.

The Penal Code is based on considerations done in 1912, 1917 and 1923.
  • "Betænkning afgiven af Kommissionen nedsat til at foretage et Gennemsyn af den almindelige borgerlige Straffelovgivning" (1912).
  • "Betænkning angaaende de af den ... nedsatte Straffelovkommission udarbejdede Forslag ... ", udarbejdet af Carl Torp (1917).
  • "Betænkning afgiven af Straffelovskommissionen af 9. November 1917" (1923).
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