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

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 Friday
Tivoli during the 2013 Christmas season. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

UK extends virus travel ban on Denmark for 14 days

The United Kingdom has extended its travel ban on Denmark to stop the spread of coronavirus for a further 14 days, London announced on Thursday.

The strict measures were first announced by the UK on November 7th in response to the threat from a mutated version of Covid-19 found in humans and linked to mink farms.

We’ll have an article on our website shortly with further information.

Still no agreement over mink farmers’ compensation

The government has still not reached agreement in parliament over an emergency law that would compensate fur farm owners, DR reports.

Denmark decided to cull all its fur farm mink and close down part of North Jutland last week in response to the mutated form of coronavirus detected in mink at some farms in the country.

READ ALSO: Danish mink coronavirus data 'do not support' fears over reduced vaccine effects

Doctors sceptical over new Danish epidemic law

The parliamentary hearing period for a proposed new law giving the government extended powers to respond to epidemics expires today.

According to a report by broadcaster DR, doctors have voiced concerns about the length to which the law would give government extended authority over areas like medical examinations, quarantine, hospitalisation and vaccinations, in the event of a future epidemic or pandemic.

The end of the hearing period means that other parties have been able to study the proposed law and raise their own concerns or request concessions in order to vote it through parliament, so the final version of the proposed law will be somewhat different from the one currently in circulation.

You can read the proposed law in full (in Danish) on the government website, and we’ll have our own explainer of it in an article later today – keep an eye on our homepage.

READ ALSO: Could mink coronavirus outbreak damage Denmark's international reputation?

Belgium arrests Danish activists plotting Quran burning

Five Danish far-right activists suspected of planning to provoke Muslims in Belgium by burning a Quran have been arrested and ordered out of the country, news wire AFP reports. The individuals have been connected to extremist right wing activist Rasmus Paludan’s political party, Stram Kurs.

We’ll have a report on our website later this morning.

Tivoli opens for Christmas season

There are few sights in Denmark that get the Christmas spirit flowing better than a fully decorated and lit-up festive Tivoli, and I’ll take a bit of extra seasonal cheer wherever I can find it this year.

The iconic Copenhagen amusement park is set to open its doors for the winter season today. Even winter wonderlands will have Covid-19 guidelines this year, and that means guests will have to book their visits in advance in order to enter.

Extra staff will also be present to ensure social distancing and other anti-virus measures. Tivoli’s Christmas season runs from today until January 3rd.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Vidtrækkende: far-reaching
  • At genoptage: to resume
  • Julestemning: Christmas spirit, Christmas vibes
  • Indrejseforbud: entry ban (to country)

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A rare day of sunshine, a major fire in Copenhagen, and energy companies forced to 'give back' a billion kroner are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Sunshine ahead 

Denmark can look forward to a rare day of winter sun on Friday, according to the latest from the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

DMI meteorologist Klaus Larsen says temperatures will hover above freezing and the wind will be manageable today as the clouds part. 

It will be a brief reprieve, however — the clouds will return promptly for the weekend. Take an hour to sit yourself outside like a potted plant. 

READ ALSO: Why Denmark’s extra grey January can cause winter blues, and what might help

Massive fire in west Copenhagen due to possible explosion 

A “major” fire on Damhus Boulevard took 21 vehicles and 49 firefighters to subdue, according to tweets from the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department. 

The fire broke out in an occupied building currently undergoing renovation, the Fire Department says. A news outlet that was on the scene while the fire was still active reports the emergency began with an explosion, which appears to be corroborated by images of the scene that show debris scattered well away from the building. 

Mads Dam of the Western Copenhagen police told news agency Ritzau that he couldn’t provide any information about the cause of the fire. “It all needs to cool down before our technicians can come in and examine it,” Dam said. 

Tax minister: energy companies owe Danes a billion kroner 

Energy companies will have to fork over 1.2 billion kroner of the last year’s windfall to the Danish treasury, tax minister Jeppe Bruus told business news outlet Finans. 

“We will return that money to consumers in the forthcoming negotiations on inflation relief,” Bruus said. He added that the 1.2 billion kroner sum is a fraction of what was expected to be recovered, which had been estimated at more than 10 billion. 

In September, European Commission announced plans to cap to energy company profits as well as levy collections from fossil energy companies to the tune of 140 billion euros, news agency Ritzau reports. 

READ ALSO: How much will energy cost in 2023 in Denmark compared to 2022?

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