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

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 Thursday
The Roskilde Festival's famous Orange Stage in 2019. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Possible ‘bottleneck’ in coronavirus testing

An increasing demand for Covid-19 testing for asymptomatic people could put pressure on Denmark’s testing system, Jyllands-Posten reports this morning.

With more people wanting a test for peace of mind prior to Christmas, some professors are warning of a “bottleneck” in the system, the newspaper writes. Experts have stressed the importance of prompt testing for people more likely to be infected, in order to keep the epidemic under control.

Earlier this week, the government announced it was ramping up testing – and capacity – in the Copenhagen region in an effort to mass-test younger people.

Justice minister faces questions in hearing over mink order

Another day, another parliamentary hearing for the government, which is under pressure from all sides for issuing an illegal directive to cull all of Denmark’s fur farm minks.

The order was given in response to concerns that a mutation of coronavirus in the animals could threaten a future Covid-19 vaccine. The mutation is now considered to be ‘most likely eradicated’.

Justice minister Nick Hækkerup will today face questions from parliamentary colleagues, which can be expected to include justice spokespersons from the other parties. This is after it emerged that police enforced the illegal directive, even though the National Police leadership was aware the government order had no legal basis.

READ ALSO: Danish PM apologises for handling of mink crisis during far farm visit

Feriepenge: remaining 'frozen' holiday money to be released

People who work in Denmark will be able to claim the remainder of ‘frozen' holiday money by Easter 2021, after the government announced a new economic stimulus package yesterday.

‘Holiday money' or feriepenge is a monthly contribution paid out of your salary into a special fund, depending on how much you earn.

This means that, if you worked in Denmark during the relevant period and have a ‘frozen' amount of feriepenge from a five-week overlapping period of accrual, you will be able to claim the remainder in the spring. The first part of the money was made claimable earlier in the year.

You can read more about who is eligible to claim the money – and how the claims process worked during the first round – in our explainer article from September.

READ ALSO: Feriepenge: Danish government to release remaining 'frozen' holiday money

Roskilde Festival adds names to 2021 line-up

Scandinavia’s largest music festival was, like everything else, cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus. But Roskilde Festival organisers are pushing ahead with their plans for 2021, despite the lack of certainty about how the situation with the virus will look next summer.

In an announcement published Thursday, the festival confirmed acts including The Strokes, HAIM, Faith No More, Phoebe Bridgers and Deftones for 2021.

Roskilde Festival is attended by up to 130,000 people in normal years, making it temporarily the fourth-largest city in Denmark for its week-long duration.

Airline SAS reports gigantic loss

Scandinavian airline SAS says it has registered the biggest loss in the company's history, due to a loss of trade resulting from the coronavirus.

The company's results from November 2019 to October 2020 show a loss of 9.3 billion Swedish kronor, compared to a profit of 0.6 billion kronor in the preceding year.

More on that here.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Kvartal: (financial) quarter
  • Underskud: (trading) loss
  • Regnskab: accounts, accounting



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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A rare day of sunshine, a major fire in Copenhagen, and energy companies forced to 'give back' a billion kroner are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Sunshine ahead 

Denmark can look forward to a rare day of winter sun on Friday, according to the latest from the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

DMI meteorologist Klaus Larsen says temperatures will hover above freezing and the wind will be manageable today as the clouds part. 

It will be a brief reprieve, however — the clouds will return promptly for the weekend. Take an hour to sit yourself outside like a potted plant. 

READ ALSO: Why Denmark’s extra grey January can cause winter blues, and what might help

Massive fire in west Copenhagen due to possible explosion 

A “major” fire on Damhus Boulevard took 21 vehicles and 49 firefighters to subdue, according to tweets from the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department. 

The fire broke out in an occupied building currently undergoing renovation, the Fire Department says. A news outlet that was on the scene while the fire was still active reports the emergency began with an explosion, which appears to be corroborated by images of the scene that show debris scattered well away from the building. 

Mads Dam of the Western Copenhagen police told news agency Ritzau that he couldn’t provide any information about the cause of the fire. “It all needs to cool down before our technicians can come in and examine it,” Dam said. 

Tax minister: energy companies owe Danes a billion kroner 

Energy companies will have to fork over 1.2 billion kroner of the last year’s windfall to the Danish treasury, tax minister Jeppe Bruus told business news outlet Finans. 

“We will return that money to consumers in the forthcoming negotiations on inflation relief,” Bruus said. He added that the 1.2 billion kroner sum is a fraction of what was expected to be recovered, which had been estimated at more than 10 billion. 

In September, European Commission announced plans to cap to energy company profits as well as levy collections from fossil energy companies to the tune of 140 billion euros, news agency Ritzau reports. 

READ ALSO: How much will energy cost in 2023 in Denmark compared to 2022?