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

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 Wednesday
Snow in Copenhagen on Wednesday morning. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

Restrictions tightened amid concerns over new Covid-19 variant

The more infectious variant of Covid-19, cluster B117, is likely to become the dominant form in Denmark, health authorities said on Tuesday. The variant was first detected in southeastern England last month.

In response and in an attempt to head off a new surge in cases, Denmark is reducing the maximum number of people allowed to meet in public from 10 to 5, and has scaled up social distancing rules.

You can read full details of the announcement here and more here on the new assembly limit.

New travel restrictions against South Africa

A new and more infectious variant of Covid-19 has also emerged in South Africa, and the government has decided to ban all residents of the African country from entering Denmark until January 17th, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.

The variant found in South Africa is different to the B117 form first reported in the UK, but is similarly thought to be more infectious than regular forms. It is yet to be detected in Denmark, Henrik Ullum, head of the State Serum Institute said yesterday.

We’ll have full details on the South Africa travel ban in an article later this morning.

Report could pave way for impeachment case against former immigration minister

An independent legal report, scheduled to be published today, could play a decisive role in deciding whether former immigration minister Inger Støjberg faces a special impeachment court (rigsretssag), assembled by parliament, over an illegal directive she issued while in charge of the ministry in 2016. She was found last month to have misled parliament regarding the matter.

Støjberg was last week forced from her most recent position as deputy leader of the Liberal party over the scandal.

Frosty winter weather on the way

The first snow of the winter is expected to fall across the country today. Temperatures are forecast to drop to 3 degrees Celsius below freezing, meaning the snow is likely to settle in many areas.

Some parts of the country, including North Jutland, have already had a prelude to the icy weather with snowfall yesterday. The snow is expected to fall in the east of the country today before heading towards Jutland.

Motorists are advised to be careful due to potentially icy roads.


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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?