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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
Black Friday in 2019. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

PM apologises for handling of mink crisis 

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has personally apologised for the handling of the mink crisis.

A mutated version of the new coronavirus prompted the government to order the cull of millions of minks bred on farms, although it later emerged that the order was illegal.

Frederiksen was visiting a mink farmer in the municipality of Kolding, whose animals were euthanized despite being healthy.

You can read more in our report.

Government presents vaccination plan

The government presented yesterday evening its plan for distribution of a forthcoming Covid-19 vaccine.

Senior citizens, people in risk groups and front-line workers will be given first priority when vaccine availability is initially limited.

The vaccine will be free and voluntary for everybody, the government confirmed.

A Danish Covid-19 vaccination programme is expected to begin at the end of this year or beginning of 2021.

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

Black Friday to take place over several days

It’s the last Friday in November, which normally means Black Friday in Denmark as it does in many other countries.

Coronavirus restrictions have encouraged many stores to extend offers over a number of days, in an effort to prevent congestion, DR reports.

Elgiganten, the country’s biggest electronics retailer, has placed Black Friday over a number of days. That is in line with a government recommendation for the retail sector to avoid major single-day offers.

‘Cyber conscripts’ complete training in Danish military

When a military parade today celebrates the completion of training for people completing military service, a small group of 15 conscripts will be the first ever to have certified completion of cyber military service.

The ‘cyber conscripts’ receive training in how to defend Denmark from online threats as part of their regular military training.

The group of 15 are the first to have completed the training. The cyber defence option within military service is running on an initial three-year trial, Ritzau writes.

Mist and frost expected on wintry weekend

Cool, misty and foggy weather with brief sunny spells are forecast for this weekend. Some areas may also see frosty mornings. Tonight’s temperatures are expected to be between -2 and 5 degrees Celsius, according to meteorological agency DMI.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Frivillig: voluntary (adj.), volunteer (noun)
  • Værnepligt, værnepligtig: military service, conscript
  • Detailhandel: retail



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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Legal gender reassignment for Danish children, a possible cap on visas for Russian tourists, and 'accidental' 6,000 kroner cheques are among the top news stories in Denmark on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Russian tourists have flocked to Denmark. Ukraine wants us to cut them off. 

In the first months of 2022, Denmark issued three times as many tourist visas to Russians than in the previous year, newspaper Politiken reported Monday. But now, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy is asking western leaders to close the door on Russian tourists, according to newswire Ritzau. 

Vladimir Barbin, Russian ambassador to Denmark, sees potential travel restrictions as an attack on human rights. “In short, human rights in the West are apparently only remembered when it is beneficial, and they are forgotten without remorse when it comes to Russians,” Barbin wrote to Ritzau. In the same statement, he described Russia’s invasion as a “special military operation.” 

Denmark’s minister of immigration plans to wait for a broader EU solution. “It is clear that if there is just one country in Europe where Russians can enter, then in principle you can enter the entire Schengen area,” Kaare Dybvad told Politiken.  “Therefore, it is the EU framework in which it must be done.” 

READ MORE: Who visits Denmark in the summer and where do tourists go? 

Government proposes removing age limit for legal gender change 

The government’s LGBTQ+ plan, presented Monday, includes a proposal to expand access to legal gender change to all children regardless of age. 

Currently, only after the age of 18 can people apply to legally change their gender marker on government documents. 

The new plan would strike that age cap, but children 15 years of age or younger would need the consent of their parents or guardians. It’s the second time the Social Democrats have proposed the change — it failed to garner enough support among other government parties two years ago. 

The Danish Parliament consulted with the Ethics Council on the issue of appropriate ages for legal gender change, which proposed lowering the age limit to 10-12 years old. 

Bank error in your favor! Some received heating subsidy in error 

When the 6,000 kroner cheques went out to households heated by gas boilers, some households with different heating systems received a happy surprise. 

The government used a municipal system called the Building and Housing Register (abbreviated BBR in Danish) to determine who should receive the cheques — if you make any changes to your home, including replacing a boiler or building a tool shed, you’re supposed to inform the municipality. The problem is that many people aren’t aware of this or believe it’s included in the permitting information contractors file with authorities. 

A provision in the legislation authorising the ‘heat cheques’ says that if a cheque is sent due to government error, the recipient isn’t required to return the money. (In fact, you can’t even if you want to — authorities are asking accidental recipients not to contact them.) 

READ MORE: Denmark boosts heating bill help and will give it to more households