Denmark’s new government plans to remove a bank holiday to raise defense spending. One of its goals is to reach NATO’s target of 2% of GDP for defense spending three years earlier than expected. Mette Frederiksen, the current Social Democratic prime minister, will remain in office. It is likely that the “Great Prayer Day,” or Store Bededag, will be removed. The holiday, which was declared a public holiday in 1686, always happens on the Friday before the fourth Sunday after Easter. Denmark’s religious organization has expressed its disapproval of the government’s decision. Pernille Vigso Bagge, the leader of the religious group, was “saddened” by the idea of losing the special day, according to a Danish newspaper. Business owners are also concerned. Iver Hansen, a baker, said that the holiday was a major source of income for his business. Removing the holiday would cost him between 20,000 and 30,000 Danish kroner (£2,300 and £3,460) in lost sales.