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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
Empty seats at a Danish football stadium on Sunday- Photo: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix

Government to present possible phasing out of Covid-19 restrictions

The government and other political parties will today receive recommendations from an appointed expert group on which coronavirus restrictions can be phased out and which must be extended at the current time, broadcaster DR reports based on a Facebook post by the prime minister, Mette Frederiksen.

Current restrictions are scheduled to expire on February 28th and the government had previously said it would present a plan for restrictions after that date on Wednesday this week, after receiving mathematical modelling for the possible development of the epidemic in various scenarios.

Meanwhile, the health minister, Magnus Heunicke, has said that some easing of restrictions will be on a national level, and some will be locally implemented.

Minister to defend new epidemic law

Heunicke is to answer questions in a parliamentary hearing following critical stories relating to the new Epidemic Law, which is expected to be passed by parliament tomorrow, DR writes.

Under the new law, restrictions of an “interventionist nature” implemented during a pandemic will require a parliamentary vote and cannot unilaterally be placed by the health minister.

READ ALSO: Denmark scraps provision for enforced vaccination in new epidemic bill

But recent reports that the government failed to pass on Danish Health Authority recommendations to parliament has now resulted in the Conservative and Liberal parties calling for tomorrow’s vote, which would pass the new law, to be postponed, DR writes.

More mild weather this week

Sunny and dry weather is forecast today, in a sign if mild weather to come throughout this week.

Monday is expected to see temperatures between 8 and a spring-like 14 degrees Celsius. Onshore winds will cool things down in coastal areas.

The dry and mild temperatures should continue throughout the week, according to DMI’s forecast.

Employment fell in December

The number of employed people in Denmark fell in December 2020 after six months of increasing employment month-by-month, according to newly-released figures.

3,000 fewer people were in work in December compared to November last year, according to season-corrected data from Statistics Denmark.

It should be noted that December was the month in which the current strict coronavirus restrictions were first introduced.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Why the US climate deal is a boon for Denmark, a plan to help first-time home buyers, and a prince and princess at your child's high school are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Liberal party to propose tax deductions for first-time home buyers 

While the government remains skeptical, the Liberal Party (Venstre) will Monday present its plan to make home ownership more accessible in Denmark. 

Under the proposal, first-time home buyers could receive a 20 percent tax reduction on up to 50,000 kroner per year for five years, according to newspaper Berlingske. In five years, a couple could together save 500,000 kroner and get a tax benefit of 100,000 kroner. 

How the Liberal Party would fund the tax benefit, which is estimated to cost 1 billion kroner a year, remains unclear. While they count with the support of the Conservatives and the Danish People’s Party, the government opposes the plan.

READ MORE: Danish apartment sales cool to eight-year low  

Green energy sector in Denmark to see boost from US climate plan 

The United States Senate passed a $370 billion package — that’s 2.7 trillion kroner — earmarked for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases by 2030. A considerable chunk of that money could end up in Denmark, according to green energy experts, and particularly in the pockets of Danish wind energy companies. 

The USA also has its own companies that will bid,” says Kristian Jensen of business organisation Green Power Denmark. “But we can see that the Danish wind turbine manufacturers are unique in terms of having high quality and long durability of the turbines.” 

READ MORE: Danish offshore wind could help Europe ditch fossil fuels 

Danish royal students go mainstream 

After a TV2 documentary revealed a culture of bullying at elite boarding school Herlufsholm, the royal family pulled Prince Christian, 16, and Princess Isabella, 15, from their enrollments. 

At the start of the new term today, Isabella begins at Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasium in Østerbro and Christian will attend Ordrup Gymnasium in Charlottenlund, about 20 minutes’ drive north of Copenhagen. 

“What characterizes the chosen schools is that they are quite normal,” says Thomas Larsen, political editor at Radio4 and author of books on the Danish royals. “It is not a boarding school that is largely reserved for the children of the elite. And therefore I believe that the choices they have made now will be well received by the Danes.”  

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