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

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 Friday
Fastelavn in 2017. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Intelligence service to speak to press after terror arrests

The Danish police intelligence service, PET, is to speak to press this morning after an anti-terror operation which has resulted in a series of arrests in both Denmark and Germany.

Here’s a report on the arrests from yesterday evening.

We’ll have further detail as it emerges.

Number of married couples in Denmark declines

The last two decades has seen a decline in the proportion of people in Denmark who are married, according to new data from Statistics Denmark.

In 2001, 53 percent of 20-79 year-olds were married. That fell to 51 percent in 2011 and is now 47 percent.

New report from commission for electric vehicles

A commission formed in 2019 to support efforts to increase the proportion of electric cars on Danish roads is to release a report detailing how charging station infrastructure can be sufficiently developed.

A previous report by the commission was released last year.

‘Fastelavn’ celebrations to take place under Covid-19 restrictions

This weekend marks ‘Fastelavn’, a popular Danish custom in which kids dress up in costumes, smack barrels and eat sweet buns — a Danish version of the pre-Lent Carnival tradition associated with Roman Catholic countries.

The celebrations will be different this year of course, with the Danish Health Authority recommending all festivities take place outdoors and with social distancing adhered to.

Some municipalities have cancelled celebrations, broadcaster DR has reported.

READ ALSO: How Halloween scared off Fastelavn to become Denmark's favourite fancy dress day

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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?

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