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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
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Early spring temperatures this weekend

An early foray into spring-like temperatures is forecast this weekend, which may come as a relief after the icy cold of recent weeks.

Sunshine and temperatures up to 13 degrees Celsius may be enjoyed in some parts of the country, notably southern Jutland, on Saturday and Sunday.

Colder and rainy weather is expected on Friday as a front moves away from Denmark, according to the country’s meteorological agency DMI.

Covid-19 outbreak in Kolding

Authorities have expressed concerns over the speed at which Kolding Municipality has seen a recent spread of coronavirus infections, broadcaster DR writes.

Virology experts have said they are concerned over the spread of the more infectious B117 variant, according to DR.

Kolding has seen its infection numbers rise rapidly in recent days and now has the second-highest figure in Denmark at 214 cases per 100,000 residents over the last week. Only Ishøj near Copenhagen, with 219 per 100,000 residents, has a higher current rate.

North Jutland region decreases alert level

There are more positive signs elsewhere in the country, where the North Jutland health authority has decided to change its current risk assessment for the coronavirus from 5, the highest level, to 4.

Pressure on health services in the region is considered to be dropping with fewer inpatients and new hospitalisations, news wire Ritzau reports.

The scale is used as an assessment of the level of strain on health authorities and prevalence of the virus throughout society. 5 is the highest level, 1 the lowest. The entire country has been at level 5 for several weeks.

Former US Ambassador to Denmark accused of breaking law

Carla Sands, the former United States Ambassador to Denmark, has been accused of violating the Hatch Act, a federal law in the US which prevents federal employees from using their platform to engage in party politics, Politico reports.

Sands, a Donald Trump appointee, used her official Twitter account to help the former president’s political cause on a number of occasions, according to a federal US agency that investigates such matters.

READ ALSO: US ambassador to Denmark makes incorrect Twitter claim about own vote


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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Lower fees for using Visa-Dankort abroad, more parents choosing private midwives, and record inflation are among the top news stories in Denmark on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

In case you missed it: here’s who is eligible for monkeypox vaccines 

Denmark will now offer monkeypox vaccinations to all men who have sex with men and have multiple sexual partners. Previously, the shots were only given to people who had been in close contact with a confirmed case.

It’s important to emphasize that anyone can get monkeypox from close contact, not just men who have sex with men.

READ MORE: Monkeypox: Denmark to offer vaccination to at-risk group

Denmark sees highest inflation since 1983 

Consumer prices have climbed 8.7 percent since July 2021, according to figures from the government agency Statistics Denmark. It’s the highest rate of inflation the country has experienced since 1983.

Skyrocketing prices for food, electricity, and fuel are driving the change to price indices, newswire Ritzau reports. 

READ MORE: Will house prices in Denmark ever fall? 

Danske Bank lowers fees for purchases abroad 

An order goes into effect Wednesday requiring Danske Bank to charge customers less when paying in foreign currencies. 

Earlier this year, the Competition Council determined both Danske Bank and Nordea added unreasonable surcharges to purchases abroad — 1.5 percent within the EU and 2 percent for the rest of the world. 

As per the Competition Council’s findings, Danske Bank must drop the currency exchange surcharge altogether within the EU and reduce the rate to 1.5 percent outside the bloc. 

Danske Bank has already appealed the decision and will argue their case before a judge at the Copenhagen District Court.

READ MORE: Danish banks raise interest rates but many remain negative 

Business booms for private midwives 

Demand for private midwives has increased steadily over the past five years as cuts to the public system have left midwives there overburdened, broadcaster DR reports

The number of parents-to-be applying for subsidies for private midwives jumped 17 percent from 2020 to 2021 alone, data from health insurance agency Sygeforsikring Danmark show. 

Parents cite a desire for more personalised attention, DR finds. In particular, new parents are eager for more frequent pre-natal scans and more help breastfeeding after baby is born. 

READ MORE: Denmark presents plan to hire 100 more staff at maternity wards