Danish Penal Code

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The Danish Penal Code,[1] also known as The Danish Criminal Code (Danish: Straffeloven),[2] is the codification of and the foundation of criminal law in Denmark. The updated official full text covers 29 chapters and is also available online (in Danish).[2]


The current 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 a large number of times, especially in the last 15 years, with between 5 and 10 changes each year.

The 1930 Penal Code is based on a series of official reports from 1912, 1917 and 1923.

  • (1912) "Betænkning afgiven af Kommissionen nedsat til at foretage et Gennemsyn af den almindelige borgerlige Straffelovgivning" ("Report of the commission to perform a review of the ordinary civil penal legislation").
  • (1917) "Betænkning angaaende de af den ... nedsatte Straffelovkommission udarbejdede Forslag ... ", udarbejdet af Carl Torp ("Report regarding the by the ... appointed penal code commission created proposal ... ", prepared by Carl Torp).
  • (1923) "Betænkning afgiven af Straffelovskommissionen af 9. November 1917" ("Report from the penal code commission of November 9, 1917").


  1. ^ "Danish Security and Intelligence Service: Danish Penal Code - Chapters 12 and 13". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Retsinformation.dk:Straffeloven.