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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
A more common summer holiday scene for people living in Denmark in 2021? Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Three out of five to holiday in Denmark this year

Although health authorities have estimated that Denmark will have finished vaccinating its population against Covid-19 by the end of June, more people than before are planning to summer holiday domestically, according to a YouGov survey carried out on behalf of Danske Bank.

Around three in five people responding to the survey said they would holiday in Denmark this year, instead of travelling abroad. Many of these said they would usually go to other countries for their annual summer break.

Just under one in five said they did plan to holiday abroad in 2021.

USA travel restrictions will not be eased on January 26th

US president Donald Trump, whose term ends tomorrow, has previously announced that Covid-19 related entry restrictions on foreign travel from a number of countries, including Denmark, would be lifted on January 26th.

Incoming president Joe Biden has, through a spokesperson, already made it clear that the restrictions will not be lifted, however.

“On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26,” Jen Psaki, who will be Biden’s White House Press Secretary, wrote on Twitter.

Emma and William are most popular Danish kids’ names

Emma and William are the most common names amongst girls under 20 and boys under 10 respectively, according to a new Statistics Denmark analysis.

That fits in with the annual list of most popular names given to new babies, which are regularly topped by Emma and William.

READ ALSO: Emma, Oscar, Saga and Konrad: Denmark's 50 most popular baby names for girls and boys

For boys aged 11-20, Mikkel is the most common name.

Overall, the two most common names in Denmark for women and men are Anne and Peter.

Should you be looking for a Danish name with a more retro feel, perhaps you could consider the most common names for the 70-89 years age group: Kirsten and Jørgen. For women and men in their 90s, Anna and Hans are the most frequent.

One candidate offers to replace Støjberg as deputy leader of Liberals

High-profile former immigration minister Inger Støjberg recently stepped down as deputy leader of the Liberal (Venstre) party, the largest in opposition, and is to face a special impeachment court over misconduct while minister.

Only one lawmaker from the party has stepped forward to take on the deputy leader role. Stephanie Lose, who currently heads the national and South Denmark health authorities, submitted her application on January 7th and was alone in doing so prior to the deadline on Sunday, according to broadcaster TV2.

READ ALSO: Denmark's former immigration minister to face impeachment trial

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

The potential for a new Danish prime minister, more people on the 'poor payers' list, and the kickoff to Copenhagen Fashion Week are among the top news stories in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Frederiksen could call for election as early as next week 

A new opinion poll from Voxmeter by news agency Ritzau gives the Social Democrats, prime minister Mette Frederiksen’s party, their worst showing since 2015. 

Pressure is mounting for the Social Democrats to call for an election as the ‘blue bloc’ — anchored by the Liberal party (Venstre) and the Conservative People’s Party (De Konservative) — command 50 percent of the vote according to the latest poll. Meanwhile, the ‘red bloc’ holds just 47.5 percent. 

The Social Liberals (De Radikale), also of the red bloc, have demanded that Frederiksen hold elections by October at the latest. (Legally, the next general election can take place as late as June 4th, 2023.) 

Analysts say Frederiksen could call for an election as early as next week, when the Social Democrats convene for their summer group meeting. 

READ MORE: A foreigner’s guide to understanding Danish politics in five minutes

‘Hacker attacks’ keep 7-Eleven shuttered (with a few exceptions) 

The vast majority of Denmark’s 176 7-Eleven convenience stores remain hamstrung on Tuesday after what is believed to be a cyber attack on Monday. However, you’ll still be able to pick up GLS packages at ‘closed’ stores, and five capital-area stores can now accept purchases through MobilePay and cash. 

The reopened stores are at Rigshosital, Vesterbrogade, Lyngby Storcenter, and Gammel Kongevej in Copenhagen. Another at the Buddinge Station is Søborg is also back in action. 

READ MORE: Danish convenience stores closed by suspected cyber attack 

More ‘poor payers,’ but less average debt 

Denmark’s largest list of debtors — the RKI, or Riber’s credit information, run by Experian — has increased for the first time since 2014. 

The list is up a very modest 0.5 percent in the last six months, but Experian analysts expect that number to climb before the end of the year. 

“The whole world situation is a bit shaky at the moment,” says Experian director Bo Rasmussen. “War, inflation and rising prices everywhere have an effect on people’s private finances, so you don’t have the same leeway as you did one or two years ago.” 

Just under 172,000 Danes are registered on the RKI after being reported for not paying bills. Appearing on the registry can make it harder to rent an apartment, get a job, or even a mobile phone. 

On the upside, the average person on the RKI owes about 55,000 kroner in unpaid bills, down from about 65,000 kroner last year. 

READ MORE: Boligstøtte: Who can claim Denmark’s national rent subsidy? 

Copenhagen Fashion Week dawns 

Tuesday marks the beginning of Copenhagen Fashion Week, when buyers from all over the world gather to see Danish designers present their newest wares. 

Industry analysts aren’t bullish about the event’s prospects, though, according to broadcaster DR. After a record-breaking 45.1 billion kroner year for Danish fashion companies in 2021, the war in Ukraine and dwindling consumer confidence is likely to mean fewer sales and zero growth. 

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