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

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 Tuesday
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Government receives recommendations for plan to lift lockdown

The government is scheduled to announce its plans for the gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions tomorrow, but Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen yesterday gave some idea of what is to come in a Facebook post, as is her wont when informing the public about upcoming decisions.

READ ALSO: Denmark to present plan for ‘gradual’ lifting of restrictions

In the post, Frederiksen noted that reopening would be based on recommendations on an upcoming report which would include mathematical modelling of future epidemic scenarios. That report has now been published. You can read the details (in Danish) via the health authority website, and we’ll have an article on our website later today.

Key points in the expert group’s report include recommendations that ‘large parts’ of the retail sector can be opened, as can outdoor activity in organisations like sports clubs.

Older school students may be allowed to return in regions with lower infection rates.

Government to discuss plans with other parties

Prior to announcing a finalised plan tomorrow, which will outline which restrictions can be lifted and when, the government, represented by health minister Magnus Heunicke and justice minister Nick Hækkerup, will discuss the matter with leaders of the other parties, broadcaster DR reports.

Some of those parties, including the Conservatives and Danish People’s Party, are pushing for the economy to be opened as much as possible – and beyond what is set out in the recommendations — within what they consider a reasonable projected impact on hospitalisations with Covid-19, DR and news wire Ritzau report.

Vaccine booking system streamlined

People who receive invitations to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in Denmark should find it easier to book an appointment from now on, according to Danske Regioner, the national body for the regional health authorities.

The online booking system has been revised to ensure that the first available local appointment displays automatically after logging into the vaccine.dk platform, Ritzau writes.

The five closest vaccination centres to the user are searched by the system.

Newspaper decides not to continue work on coverage of sexual harassment at broadcaster

National newspaper Politiken has announced it will not continue in a partnership with production company Impact TV to report on alleged sexism, sexual harassment and abuse of power at broadcaster TV2.

TV2 itself previously scrapped plans to cover the issue in a documentary.

Politiken’s managing editor Christian Jensen said via the newspaper that the two companies were not able to agree on how to conduct research for the project.

“It was unfortunately not possible to find a common starting point for this work,” Jensen said. Impact TV will continue work on the project with an unnamed media partner, according to Ritzau.

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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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