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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
Black Friday in 2019. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

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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