NPR logo

Denmark Taxes Butter And Fat, But Will It Work?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/141014592/141014496" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Denmark Taxes Butter And Fat, But Will It Work?

Denmark Taxes Butter And Fat, But Will It Work?

Denmark Taxes Butter And Fat, But Will It Work?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/141014592/141014496" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Butter - it's going to cost you in Denmark.

Mark Jackson/iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption Mark Jackson/iStockphoto.com

Butter - it's going to cost you in Denmark.

Mark Jackson/iStockphoto.com

Denmark, the land of luscious lardy pork ribs and those famous blue butter cookie tins, is not known for having a major obesity problem. In fact, Danes are among the thinnest people in Europe and beyond. (Most obese? Us. About one-third of us. Us — as in people of the U.S.)

So when the tiny Scandinavian country announced it would be imposing a 16 Kroner (about $3 U.S.) tax on every kilogram of saturated fat as a way to discourage poor eating habits and raise revenue, we were left scratching our heads.

How's that going to work?

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.