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

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

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.

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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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