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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
Food and environment minister Mogens Jensen is at the centre of criticism over the government's handling of a coronavirus outbreak in minks. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Government in trouble over mink culling

The decision to cull fur farm mink in Denmark is becoming increasingly damaging for the government.

Millions of mink are being culled after a potentially vaccine-resistant variant of coronavirus was detected at some farms, particularly in North Jutland – which is now also under tight restrictions in order to control a potential outbreak of the mutated virus.

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But after it emerged that the government had acted without legal basis in ordering some of the healthy minks destroyed, opposition parties are now calling for food and environment minister Mogens Jensen to step down.

Jensen is defiant so far, telling broadcaster DR it is “not up to me to take the consequences” of the matter, while Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen apologised yesterday for the matter, which is now being described as a scandal.

Criticism over handling of the infected (and non-infected) minks could get worse yet for the government. Broadsheet Information reports this morning that, after national infectious disease agency SSI released details of its tests on the mutated virus, a professor of infectious disease at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen said he could “not see in the preliminary results that there appears to be signs a vaccine doesn’t work”.

Culling goes on as first mink infections reported in central Jutland region

The “last minks” in Thisted municipality – one of the seven local regions under tightened restrictions – have now been culled, according to a police statement. But the Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen) tweeted that infections had been detected at eight additional mink farms including the first confirmed infections in two mink populations in Central Jutland municipality Billund.

In the south of Jutland, a stretch of road was closed for several hours after a “technical problem” on a truck resulted in culled mink being spilled onto the road. The road, between Nordenskov and Tistrup, has now been cleaned.

Police stressed that the spilled mink from the truck were not infected with coronavirus, but healthy mink that had been culled.

Ex-tax ministers to be questioned in enquiry

Three former tax ministers from the Liberal (Venstre) party, currently in opposition, are to be questioned by a commission set down to enquire alleged failure to prevent business tax fraud at tax authority Skat from 2010 onwards.

Kristian Jensen, Troels Lund Poulsen and Peter Christensen will be questioned at the court in Frederiksberg.

Technical outage was cause of rejected card payments

If you tried to make a payment with your Danish bank card sometime yesterday evening, only to see it rejected, you needn’t worry unduly about your account.

Card payments operator Nets said last night that an error in its system had prevented some payments in shops and online from going through. The issue affected payments in both Denmark and Norway.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Udbytteskat: business tax
  • Betaling: payment
  • Håndtering: management, handling (of a situation or problem)
  • Spærret: blocked, closed, obstructed (usually relating to roads or access)

 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums. 

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