Denmark has fewer ghettos this year

The latest list of marginalised and troubled neighbourhoods – also known as the 'ghetto list' – has revealed that the number of ghettos in Denmark has fallen from 33 to 31 compared to last year.

The list showed that while Denmark has five new marginalised areas compared to last year, seven areas have been dropped from last year's list.

”It's really good news,” Carsten Hansen, the minister of housing, urban and rural affairs, said in a press release. ”The government has made massive efforts to create good housing, security and community in the marginalised areas, and these efforts now look like they're paying off.”

READ MORE: Government proposes changes to controversial ghetto list

Fewer criminals
To end up on the list, vulnerable areas need at least 1,000 citizens and to fulfil five politically-defined criteria in the areas of education, income, unemployment, the proportion of convicted criminals, and the proportion of immigrants and descendants of immigrants from non-western countries.

The Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs revealed that the improvement compared to last year was largely down to fewer criminals. Some 68,000 people live in Denmark's 31 marginalised areas on the 'ghetto list'.

”Even the smallest improvement in the number of citizens who are employed makes a difference, especially for the young people, so we will continue to focus on internships when we renovate the residential areas," Hansen said.

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Here is the updated list of Danish 'ghettos':

Lundtoftegade – Copenhagen NEW

Mjølnerparken – Copenhagen

Sjælør Boulevard – Copenhagen NEW

Tingbjerg/Utterslevhuse – Copenhagen

Bispeparken – Copenhagen

Degnegården mv – Copenhagen NEW

Hedemarken – Albertslund

Tåstrupgård Høje – Tåstrup

Charlotteager Høje – Tåstrup

Gadehavegård Høje – Tåstrup

Karlemoseparken – Køge NEW

Æblehaven/Rønnebærparken – Roskilde

Agervang mv. – Holbæk

Ringparken, – Slagelse

Motalavej – Slagelse

Vollsmose – Odense

Byparken/Skovparken – Svendborg

Præstebakken/Syrenparken – Esbjerg NEW

Stengårdsvej-kvarteret – Esbjerg

Hedelundgårdparken – Esbjerg

Korskærparken – Fredericia

Søndermarksvej mv – Fredericia

Sundparken – Horsens

Munkebo – Kolding

Skovparken/Skovvejen – Kolding

Finlandsparken – Vejle

Højvangen – Skanderborg

Bispehaven – Aarhus

Gellerupparken/Toveshøj – Aarhus

Trigeparken – Aarhus

Sebbersundvej mv – Aalborg

The seven areas that were dropped from the list this year

Aldersrogade – Copenhagen

Nivåhøj – Fredensborg

Ladegårdsparken – Holbæk

Solbakken mv – Odense

Nørager/Søstjernevej m.fl – Sønderborg

Løget by Vejle

Glarbjergvej-området – Randers

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