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

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 Tuesday
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Tougher punishments for abuse of fireworks

Harsher penalties are to be introduced for people who set off fireworks at police or other emergency services or at passers-by on the street.

A parliamentary majority has approved a proposal to make punishments meted out for such offences a third more severe than they are currently.

Denmark restricts the sale of fireworks so they can be purchased from December 15th until New Year’s Eve and set off from December 27th, though they can often be heard before this date.

READ ALSO: Why does Denmark go so crazy for New Year's Eve fireworks?

Independent lawyers could examine report over ex-minister’s illegal directive

The former minister of immigration and integration, Inger Støjberg, misled parliament after she issued an illegal order to separate certain married couples at asylum centres, an official enquiry concluded in a report released yesterday.

It’s unclear what the consequences will be for Støjberg, but DR reports this morning that a parliamentary majority is in favour of allowing independent lawyers to review the case. The former minister could receive an official parliamentary rebuke, known in Danish as a næse (literally, ‘nose’) or, more seriously, face a special impeachment court (rigsretssag) assembled by parliament.

The latter is a rare occurrence – but it is also rare for ministers to give illegal orders. But an illegal directive was also issued recently by the current government when it ordered healthy minks to be culled in November.

Commenters have already observed how Denmark’s two main parties, the Social Democrats and the Liberals, are now (oppositely) calling one offence a ‘mistake’ and another ‘breaking the law’, depending on which side committed the wrongdoing.

Top art school head sacked over royal bust stunt

The head of Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts has been sacked over the drowning of a bust of a former king in a Copenhagen canal.

The action, which was initially called a “happening,” was carried out anonymously at first before an employee at the school admitted she was behind it.

More on that story here.

Total working hours increased after spring lockdown

An increase of 53 million working hours was logged in Denmark in the third quarter, a 5.7 percent jump from the second three months of the year, much of which was spent under lockdown.

Although that appears to suggest some degree of economic recovery, total working time is still 1.3 percent lower than it was before the pandemic, Statistics Denmark data shows.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Fejl: mistake
  • Rigsret: Court of Impeachment
  • Stigning: increase



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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?