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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
A citizens' petition calls for PM Mette Frederiksen to face an impeachment trial. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Citizens’ petition calls for PM to face impeachment trial

A citizens’ petition calling for Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to face an impeachment trial is just 800 signatures from the threshold requiring it to be addressed by parliament, according to broadcaster DR.

The petition was started in protest at Frederiksen’s actions during the mink scandal in November 2020. The government ordered all minks at fur farms in Denmark to be culled after a mutated form of coronavirus was detected in the animals, but the order was later found to be illegal.

A gigantic compensation package was announced earlier this week for the mink breeders.

Impeachment trials of politicians are extremely rare in Denmark, but former immigration minister Inger Støjberg will face one this year.

The organisers of the petition against Frederiksen have said that they do not expect parliament to put the PM before such a trial, but that they felt a signal needed to be sent to politicians over the government’s conduct.

Danish ski tourists use loophole to travel to Austria

Public broadcaster DR has a potentially damning story this morning, exposing Danish nationals who have travelled to Austria stating work purposes – enabling them to enter the country under Covid-19 restrictions – when their actual intentions are to party at ski resorts.

The source for the story is Helmut Mall, the mayor in Tyrolian ski resort town Sankt Anton.

We’ll have more details on the story in an article later today.

Covid-19 vaccination and test centres have same entrances

Elderly citizens and people in high-risk groups attending vaccination centres have been using the same entrances as potentially infected individuals on their way to testing, DR writes.

The South Denmark health authority has now changed practice after the issue at some of its centres was highlighted, according to the report.

Copenhagen plans to exempt childcare payments for parents who care for kids at home

Although most of Danish society is currently locked down, kindergartens and other municipal care facilities for small children remain open. That is despite authorities encouraging parents to care for small children at home and not use the kindergartens.

Copenhagen Municipality has now said it wants to exempt from payment parents who keep their kids home from the facilities, according to TV2.

The measure which would come into effect from February 8th, is expected to be voted through this week, news wire Ritzau additionally reports.

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