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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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Government to present ‘green tax reform’

The tax minister, Morten Bødskov, and climate minister Dan Jørgensen are to present reforms aimed at making the country’s taxation system more climate friendly.

The reforms have been billed as a way of making businesses pay more for fossil fuel use, but has been criticised due to the lack of a CO2 tax, DR writes.

Little Mermaid involved in court case

Denmark’s iconic statue of the Little Mermaid, which has been delighting visitors for over 100 years, is the unlikely subject of a court case beginning today.

The case, which will be heard at Copenhagen City Court, has been brought by the estate of Edvard Eriksen, the sculptor who created the statue in 1913, against the editor of newspaper Berlingske.

The newspaper is accused of using photographs of the statue in a way that breaches the rights to its image still held by Eriksen’s heirs, according to DR.

WHO criticises Denmark’s Covid-19 tracing system

A World Health Organization head of committee has said Denmark’s system for tracing close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases does not do enough, in an article by Politiken yesterday.

That came as the newspaper reported that fewer than three close contacts of people who test positive for Covid-19 are contact by authorities for guidance, a number that compares unfavourably with other countries. The low number is partly because the Danish system allows individuals to inform contacts themselves in some cases.

Health minister Magnus Heunicke told Politiken via written comments that “updated guidelines” on how Danish authorities go about contact tracing were to take effect this week.

Activists place dead piglets outside parliament and broadcaster

A number of dead piglets were placed during the night at Copenhagen locations including the parliament and the headquarters of national broadcaster DR, news wire Ritzau reports this morning.

A total of four dead piglets have so far been found in small plastic boxes, senior police officer Henrik Stormer said.

Investigations are ongoing, but an activist group has already claimed responsibility, stating it was a protest against the Danish pork industry, Ritzau writes without naming the group. The group said it has placed 16 piglets around the city, all during the early hours of Monday.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Den Lille Havfrue: The Little Mermaid
  • Smitteopsporing: (virus) contact tracing
  • Smågrise: piglets

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Maddening airport queues, new Nato members, and unnecessary amputations are among the top news stories in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Arrive early and expect to wait at CPH 

Airport officials say many passengers missed their flights due to monster queues at Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport during the Great Prayer Day weekend. 

They expect much the same from the Ascension Day holiday coming up next week, with 70,000 passengers set to fly. 

“We advise all passengers that if you are travelling within Europe, you should arrive two hours before your flight, and if you are travelling outside Europe, to the US or Asia, you should arrive three hours before,” Peter Krogsgaard, Kastrup Airport’s commercial director, told Danish broadcaster DR. 

Sweden and Finland to apply to Nato 

Reversing two centuries of military non-alignment, Swedish officials announced their intention to apply to Nato in lockstep with Finland yesterday. 

Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen joined her counterparts from Norway and Iceland in a pledge to defend both countries “by all means necessary” should they face military threats before their Nato membership is finalised. 

Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin says she expects her country to be a full member by the year’s end, if not sooner. 

READ ALSO: Norway and Denmark give guarantee to Nordic neighbours over Nato bids

More hospitals, regions to be investigated for “unnecessary amputations” 

A recent review of medical data revealed that up to 47 unnecessary bone amputations have been performed annually in Denmark due to late interventions and substandard preventative care in Central Jutland.

Now, the investigation will be expanded to South Denmark, Zealand, and the Greater Copenhagen region (North Jutland was included in the first round of review). 

The initial investigation in Central Jutland revolved around a cluster of cases at the Aarhus University Hospital and the Viborg regional hospital. Patients who received a leg amputation at the “hip, thigh, knee or lower leg” due to vascular issues in recent years have been contacted by government officials and informed of their rights. 

READ ALSO: Dozens of hospital patients in Denmark may have had ‘avoidable’ leg amputations