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

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 Monday
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Forecasters warn of ‘harsh’ freezing conditions

The Danish Meteorological Institute has warned of potentially ‘harsh’ weather conditions that could develop during the course of Monday.

That is because of a front moving towards the country from the west, which is expected to bring cold and windy conditions. Copenhagen and northern Zealand can look forward to likely blizzards.

But temperatures are forecast to improve slightly over night. That could lead to some fog tomorrow morning, according to DMI.

Tightened controls on travel from border regions

The Ministry of Justice has this morning announced that it will introduce stricter rules on travel from regions bordering Denmark. The decision has been take due to concerns over the risk of spread of the more infectious B1351 variant of Covid-19, the ministry said.

Residents in border regions have faced more flexible entry requirements than others to ease movement in and out of the country for work, business, study or private matters.

READ ALSO: These are Denmark's current Covid-19 travel restrictions

But authorities now believe there is an increased risk of spread of the B1531 variant, which was first detected in South Africa, via border areas.

As such, people entering Denmark from Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) and Skåne, Halland, Västra Götaland and Blekinge (Sweden) must have a ‘valid' reason for travel and a negative Covid-19 test taken with the last 72 hours. Previously, a test up to a week old was allowed.

Copenhagen begins vaccinating homeless people

The Greater Copenhagen regions has today commenced a programme to vaccinate homeless and socially vulnerable people, broadcaster DR reports.

Around 100 Pfizer vaccines have been delivered to the Øksnehallen exhibition hall in the Vesterbro neighbourhood. The vaccines have been earmarked for socially vulnerable homeless people in group 5 of the vaccination programme set out by the Danish Health Authority.

Doctors will screen individuals to see whether they qualify for vaccination within that group, DR writes.

READ ALSO: When and how can foreign residents get the Covid-19 vaccine in Denmark?

Police to keep close eye on roads during holiday week

Today marks the start of the Danish vinterferie, in which schools and well as a number of workplaces close for a week’s winter break.

With international travel curtailed, there may be more people than usual travelling within Denmark to various destinations.

Police announced in a statement yesterday that they would be keeping an eye on roads for “inattentive” motorists who break traffic laws by diverting their focus to things like mobile phones.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

A bomb threat at Copenhagen Airport, negotiations inching toward a broad government, and a lawsuit over negative interest rates are among the top news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Plane evacuated at Copenhagen airport after bomb threat 

Officials at Copenhagen Airport received a bomb threat shortly before a plane arrived from Poland on the evening of December 5th, Espen Godiksen of the Copenhagen police tells newswire Ritzau. 

Passengers were cleared from the plane and 30-40 of the 71 people aboard the craft were held at the airport until 7:40am the subsequent morning for police to examine their checked luggage, according to broadcaster TV2.

No explosives have been found, but Godiksen says police will remain on site for “a long time.” Godiksen declined to comment on the seriousness of the threat. 

READ MORE: Tips for short-haul foreign travel from Denmark this Christmas 

A strong ‘maybe’ from Liberals to joining government 

Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, chairman of the Liberals (Venstre), now says his party is “maybe” on the path to joining Mette Frederiksen and the Social Democrats in a government that includes both red and blue bloc parties. 

According to TV2’s political commentator Noa Redington, Jensen is likely being coy about the prospects of a central government. 

The parties and their leaders “are probably further along in the process than we know at the moment,” Redington says. “It would be strange if they are not finished before Christmas.” 

However, there’s still time for everything to “collapse,” Redington says. “Then we’re back to square one.” 

READ MORE: Danish Liberal party demands ‘high ambitions’ from Social Democrats 

Watchdog sues Jyske Bank over ‘unreasonable’ negative interest rates

The Danish Consumer Ombudsman plans to take Jyske Bank to court for charging negative interest rates on certain types of accounts — such as pension funds and children’s savings — that penalise customers for withdrawing money early. 

Since 2020, most Danish banks have charged negative interest on some accounts, effectively charging customers to store money. Many banks ended the policy in August of this year amid record-setting interest rate hikes, though Jyske Bank kept theirs negative. 

The Ombudsman’s office will make the case that bank should refund improperly-charged negative interest rates to customers. Jyske Bank denies any wrongdoing. 

READ MORE: End of negative interest rates at (some) Danish banks 

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