Only a small number of Muslim women in Denmark wear the burqa, a new study has found, as the government considers possible restrictions on Islamic dress in public places.

While it is estimated that only three women wear burqa between 150 to 200 women use the niqab. Some 60 to 80 of these women are Danish converts to Islam, according to a survey that was conducted for a special commission looking into the contentious issue.

In August 2009 the Conservative People’s Party suggested a ban against wearing the burqa. The idea was eventually dropped because of constitutional and human rights concerns.

The issue now before the government is not an outright ban but whether there should be restrictions in some public circumstances.

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