January is the traditional time for sales in shops and stores throughout Europe, but in Denmark its not only old stock that is being offered at bargain prices.
GV AND SVS Campaign posters in street. (5 shots)
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GV AND SV Political supermarket. (6 shots)
GV AND SV People listening to speaker Mr. Knud Jespersen, Chairman of Communist Party speaking in street. (5 shots)
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Background: January is the traditional time for sales in shops and stores throughout Europe, but in Denmark its not only old stock that is being offered at bargain prices.
Politics have entered the Sales arena in Copenhagen, where the country's eleven political parties have set up a "political supermarket" in an empty unit in one of the capital's shopping centres, where the consumer -- the voter -- can make a choice from the entire range of the political spectrum.
Denmark goes to the polls in a General Election on 9 January. Observers in Copenhagen say that it is an election that no-body wants, coming as it does only one year after the previous one.
But Prime Minister Paul Hartling is seeking an increased mandate for his outgoing minority Liberal-Conservative Venstre Party Government, with the promise of stringent measures to combat inflation and rising unemployment.
Although the political spectrum in Denmark covers parties ranging from the communists, through Mr. Hartling's middle-of-the-road liberalism to right wing conservatives, opinion polls predict that the choice comes down to Mr. Hartling's stark approach to the economy and the Social Democrats. The latter Party, led by former union chief Anker Joergensen, believe that living standards need not fall much.
The polls also predict, though, that the Danes are ready and willing to return to an atmosphere of economic puritanism and tighten their belts accordingly.