Traffic signs erected near asylum centres that displayed the distance to Syria and Iraq were removed over the weekend after attracting both detractors and supporters.

The signs were posted near the northern Jutland municipality of Thisted, which is home to six asylum centres.

Placed under existing signs, the new ones had a directional arrow and the text 'Syrien 4426' and 'Irak 5317', the distance in kilometres to the home countries of many of the asylum seekers.

The nationalist Danes' Party (Danskernes Parti) claimed credit for the idea behind the signs on its website.

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