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

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 Monday
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Municipality borders reopen in North Jutland

North Jutland, which has been in a state of near-lockdown since the beginning of last week, is given a little bit of respite today as residents are again allowed to travel between municipalities placed under strict restrictions due to the mink coronavirus outbreak.

But authorities are still asking residents in the region not to travel to the rest of Denmark

Government to extend deadline for mink culling

The decision made by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to shut down North Jutland and to cull millions of fur farm minks has been fraught with problems and controversy, and both are rumbling on.

The government wants to extend a deadline for mink fur farmers to complete culling of their animals in order to receive what has been termed a “tempobonus” – an extra compensation for putting down the minks by a set date.

That date was initially set for today, but could be put back to November 19th, DR reports.

A legal basis enabling the compensation to be paid out is still under negotiation in parliament.

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

Coronavirus job losses hit young people hardest in Denmark

National broadcaster DR is reporting Statistics Denmark figures showing the 25-29 year age group to have suffered most from job losses during the pandemic.

8.6 percent of people in that age range were out of work in September, compared to 6.7 percent in September 2019, according to the figures. That is the largest increase for any age group.

Left wing party wants companies to publish gender pay gaps

The Socialist People’s Party (SF) a smaller party on the left which is allied with the government, is calling for small and medium sized businesses to report their gender pay gap, A4 Arbejdsliv reports.

SF is to propose on Monday a legal requirement for companies with at least 10 employees including at least 3 men and 3 women to publish their salary figures, split according to gender.

American intelligence 'spied on Danish purchase of military aircraft'

The National Security Agency (NSA), an intelligence agency under the US Department of Defense, spied on European companies that produce fighter aircraft or components, in competition with its own industry, according to a report by DR Nyheder based on a whistleblower source.

In 2016, Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s government decided to purchase 27 new F-35A Lightning II jets, also known as Joint Strike Fighters, from American company Lockheed Martin, but European companies including Eurofighter and Sweden’s Gripen were also in the running for the contract.

The broadcaster’s report suggests that a US-Denmark intelligence partnership may have been used by the NSA to gather information for industrial interests.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Arbejdsløshed: unemployment
  • Frist: deadline
  • At friste/en fristelse: to tempt/a temptation
  • Kampfly: fighter aircraft

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Eighty-six weekend flights cancelled and a major setback for Copenhagen's artificial peninsula project are among the top headlines in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Cancelled flights reflect dire staff shortage 

This past weekend, 86 flights to and from Danish airports were cancelled, according to Danish airline news outlet Check-in.

By their calculations, that meant that 10,000-12,000 passengers were left at the gates. Half of the cancellations were by the beleaguered SAS, which nixed 42 flights in and out of Copenhagen alone. 

“We currently have high sickness absence, [technology issues and a late flight from a partner airline, ed.] and we already have a tight staffing situation, Alexandra Lindgren Kaoukji, SAS spokesperson in Denmark, told Check-in.  

READ ALSO: What are your rights if your flight is cancelled in Denmark? 

New Herlufsholm chairman: culture creates ‘problems for the weak,’ while ‘the strong’ manage

The latest wrinkle in the Herlufsholm scandal is the appointment of Jon Stokholm, former Danish Supreme Court Justice, as chairman of the board. 

The 71-year-old told newswire Ritzau that he believes Herlufsholm’s emphasis on individualism was where the school went wrong. 

“Such a culture creates problems for the weak,” Stokholm said. “The strong will cope.” (This seems an unusual way to describe students at a school struggling with bullying.) 

READ ALSO: Danish royal children withdrawn from controversial boarding school 

Artificial peninsula project Lynetteholm faces major setback 

Copenhagen’s dreams for a self-financing Lynetteholm, the new Copenhagen district to be built on a manmade peninsula in the harbour, have shattered like a ‘broken Kinder egg,”  mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen told broadcaster DR

New number-crunching by the ministry of transportation reveals that the profits from selling plots of land on future Lynetteholm, which promised to fund the creation of a metro connection and an eastern road ring, are likely to fall far short of that figure. 

The project was designed to solve three problems in one fell swoop — its creators say Lynetteholm will ameliorate the Copenhagen housing shortage, reduce congestion in the rest of the city and protect the mainland from storm surges in the face of climate change. 

READ ALSO: Danish parliament gives go ahead to giant artificial island off Copenhagen

Pollution linked to 10 percent of Europe’s cancer cases 

The European Environment Agency released a report today that concludes more than 10 percent of all cancer cases in Europe are preventable — because they can be tied to pollution. 

“Together, exposure to air pollution, carcinogenic chemicals, radon, UV radiation and passive smoking can account for over ten percent of the cancer burden in Europe,” the EEA wrote in a statement. 

Cancer cases due to exposure to radiation or chemical carcinogens can be reduced to “an almost insignificant level,” environment and health expert at the EEA Gerardo Sanchez told reporters last week. 

Of special interest to Danes, who sometimes eschew sunscreen during the summer months, should be the EEA’s calculation that four percent of European cancer cases are linked to natural UV radiation from the sun. 

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