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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
Stormy weather on the Danish west coast on Thursday. Photo: John Randeris/Ritzau Scanpix

Government pushed back over option for outside face masks

The government suggested on Thursday a new rule requiring the use of face masks in certain outside areas, but did not receive support from any of the other parties, broadcaster DR reports.

The proposal was not intended to be used immediately, but as an additional measure for use if considered necessary to reduce Covid-19 infections.

Justice minister Nick Hækkerup said that masks could be used outside in places “where people pass through and where you can see that people stand closely, and where face masks would be good”. But the other parties did not agree with the necessity of this, he said.

The government also raised the possibility of forcing people to isolate and be tested if they have been involved in larger gatherings to where infections are later traced. But this was also rejected by the other parties.

Significant drop in vaccine scepticism

The number of vaccine sceptics in Denmark is falling, according to a new study.

Almost nine out of ten people in Denmark said they would accept the offer to be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to figures from the HOPE project and reported by DR. The project studies opinions and behaviour in Denmark during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The reported figure of people who said they would accept a vaccine, 87 percent, is an 11 percent increase compared to last month.

Flights from Dubai blocked over suspicious Covid-19 test papers

Denmark has imposed a ban on incoming flights from the United Arab Emirates for an initial five days the transport ministry said in a statement.

The ban is related to suspicions that documentation showing negative Covid-19 tests taken in the country may not be reliable, the ministry said.

Flights would therefore be banned for five days “until it has been possible to investigate this issue to the bottom and ensure that the required negative tests are actual negative tests which have been taken properly,” transport minister Benny Engelbrecht said in the statement.

Under current rules, everyone travelling to Denmark by air must provide a negative Covid-19 test no more than 24 hours old when boarding flights.

READ ALSO: These are Denmark's entry rules for negative Covid-19 tests

How the enormous cost of family reunification in Denmark could cause inequality

Non-EU national partners of Danes face initial outlays well in excess of 100,000 kroner, not least due to a sky-high bank guarantee, if they are permitted to move to Denmark to live with their loved one.

The amount is so high that it could contribute to inequality, critics say.

A Danish partner in an international couple told me she was worried about the long-term effect of the heavy financial burden on her own relationship. Reports have previously shown that the bank guarantee is an administrative drain on municipalities and is rarely used.

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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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