The new government in Denmark intends to remove a bank holiday to raise defense spending. The first collaboration between center-left and center-right parties since the 1970s has already taken the first step. The center-right Liberal Party, the center-left Social Democratic Party, and the moderate party make up the new government. One of the government’s main goals is to reach NATO’s target of 2% of GDP for defense spending three years earlier than expected. The “Great Prayer Day,” or Store Bededag, is likely set to be eliminated. It was declared a public holiday in 1686 and always happens on the Friday before the fourth Sunday after Easter.

The religious community in Denmark has already expressed its disapproval of the plan. According to a Danish newspaper, Pernille Vigso Bagge, the head of the clergy group, was “saddened” by the possibility of losing the day. Entrepreneurs are likewise worried. The holiday, according to baker Iver Hansen, was a significant source of income for his company, and its elimination would cost him between 20,000 and 30,000 Danish kroner (£2,300 and £3,460) in lost sales.