Denmark's Social Democratic party has joined calls to ban prayer rooms at schools and universities, as it continues its flirtation with the populist right.

Mattias Tesfaye, the party's spokesman on vocational education, told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper that the move was necessary to prevent young Danes being lured into practicing Islam.

"Denmark's schools, colleges and universities are not a place for religious practice," he said, warning of the "danger of prayer-rooms", which he claimed extremists sometimes used to share radical Islamist literature.

"There may be social control in which some Muslim students, for example, push others to practice Islam in school," he argued.

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