Pornography and Danish Laws

Climax Story danish Pornography Laws Istedgade

To fully understand the history of Rodox Trading we have to know a thing or two about the Danish Laws vs. Pornography. Censorship has been part of the Danish laws since 1537. The first concrete paragraph made against porn came in 1799 when a law against fornication was added. In 1866 it became illegal to publish and distribute pornographic material. As in other countries, novels including what was considered immoral became prohibited. In Denmark Herman Bang’s ‘Haabløse Slægter’ became illegal after a trial in 1881.

Throughout the 60’s a public demand to lift this ban grew larger and larger. Weekend-Sex, a magazine published and produced by Leo Madsen and Ole Ege was released for the first time in 1966. At this time the Theander brothers had opened a second hand bookstore in Copenhagen. They sold imported pornography from behind the counter. Around this time they also started to produce and publish their own pornography.
In 1967 Denmark legalized the distribution and publication of *written* pornography.

On December 12th 1968 the Minister of Justice, Knud Thestrup, handed in a proposal to a new law. This law intended to legalize distribution of pornographic pictures to people over 16 years old.
He was supposedly restricted towards the legalization of porn in 1966 but changed his mind. The reason was that he was concerned over the lack of esthetic’s and quality in the pornography circulating at the time!

On July 1st 1969 § 234 was removed and pornography in every form became legal. Unfortunately this also included bestiality, sodomy and pornographic material including children.

§ 235 came June 16th 1980. This law made it illegal to produce and distribute child pornography. This law was tightened April 2nd 2003 when it became illegal to produce pornography including actors below the age of 18. Up until this point it had still been somewhat legal to produce pornography including teenagers down to the age of 15 years old. In Denmark the age of consent is 15 years.

Pornography including animals is still legal to produce if “there is done no harm to the animal”……

references in English:
CCIES at the Kinsey Institute: Denmark
References in Danish:
Fra Porno til SexPlosion
Forslag til lov om ændring af straffeloven (2002)
Morten Thing: Pornografer, bibliografer og hemmelige museer, Passage, nr 40, 2001
Straffelovens § 235, børnepornografi
Artikkel om boken Dansk Porno/Danish Porn –
picture is from the book Danish Porn by Jon Nordstrøm – ISBN: 9788799315031