Denmark abolishes public holiday to boost defense spending

Denmark's parliament passed a bill on Tuesday to scrap a public holiday so the country can put more money toward defense spending amid the war in Ukraine.

People in Denmark will no longer have the Great Prayer Day -- a Christian holiday that falls on the fourth Friday after Easter and dates back to the 17th century.

The Danish government argues that the move will increase people's working hours and add 3.2 billion Danish crowns, or about 458 million dollars, to state coffers annually.

The government aims to raise its defense budget to 2 percent of Denmark's gross domestic product. It now hopes to achieve the target by 2030, three years earlier than initially scheduled.

More than 50,000 protesters rallied against the bill last month.