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  • In Denmark (I am only sure of the rules here) you *do* have the right to defend yourself and your property - but it has to be a reasonable response. You are not allowed to fire a firearm at an intruder (you are not allowed to own a firearm unless in very sepcial circumstances, and then it has to be kept under lock and key).

    If someone attacks you, you are allowed to respond with sufficient force to avert the attack, but not more, ie. if someone is out to kill you, you are permitted to kill in selfdefense, but if it just is someone taking a swing at you the courts will take poor view of you breaking his arm, and probably sentence you for bodily harm. You are allowed to do the same amount of harm to the assailant as he is trying to do to you.

    For someone trying to break into your house the threat to you is quite minor, and you would be allowed to make a citizens arrest, but not break his arm in the attempt.

    But normally it would be wiser to let him get away (at least if he is bigger than you) and just let the insurance pay up - as was seen in a case here a few years ago where a father of two was killed while trying to stop the getaway car of some bank robbers. He blocked their way by parking in front of their vehicle, and was shot in the head when they came out of the bank. They have been caught and sentenced.