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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
The outside of a school in Copenhagen on March 1st. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Minister says children suffering due to lockdown can come to school 

The education minister Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil last night said that parents who could see their children struggling during ongoing school closures should ring to schools and ask whether they can attend.

Schools are currently open for younger year groups as well as for older students in some regions, but many children are still restricted to virtual lessons. Schools are allowed to provide for all children from underprivileged home situations to attend, however.

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“If children are doing badly at home, parents should call the school and ask whether it’s possible (for the child) to come to school,” Rosenkrantz-Theil said in a television interview broadcast by DR.

The option, which is available for children who are finding the closures particularly hard, is not known to everyone, the minister said.

Aalborg aims to host 2022 multi-sport Danish championships

Northern city Aalborg wants to host the 2022 Danish championships in several different sporting disciplines in the same time, meaning summer next year could see a blitz of sports events in the city.

Cycling, tennis and athletics could be amongst the sports on show in what the Aalborg municipality and the Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) is calling ‘DM-ugen’ (Danish Championships Week), DR reports.

Around 20-25 sports associations must sign up to the idea before it becomes a reality and organisers are confident that will happen.

“We’ll get to (the required number),” DIF chairperson Niels Nygaard told DR.

Ex-minister wants impeachment trial to be televised

Former immigration minister Inger Støjberg, who will face an impeachment trial this year, wants the court proceedings to be shown on television.

Parliament last month referred Støjberg to the rarely used special court over accusations that she broke the law when ordering the separation of asylum-seeking couples while in office.

She has put forward a bill for a law change which would allow the trial to be broadcasted. The chairperson of the Association of Danish Judges (Den Danske Dommerforeningen), Mikael Sjögren, has said that impeachment courts would normally choose not to broadcast entire trials out of consideration for witnesses.

“A number of public servants must give testimony and I don’t think it would serve us to see their testimonies cut and edited afterwards. This is not a show, it’s a court proceeding,” Sjögren told DR.

It is not clear whether Støjberg’s proposal will gain parliamentary backing.

Foggy morning set to give way to sun

A hazy start to the day is likely to give over to clear, sunny weather in much of Denmark today. The temperature forecast to range between 4 and 9 degrees Celsius, with easter Jutland seeing the warmest weather.

A mild to moderate westerly and northwesterly wind is predicted.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Energy prices heading skywards again, why undelivered letters jeopardised Britons' residency in Denmark, and increasing use of the 'morning-after pill' are among the top news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Electricity prices in Denmark skyrocket (again) 

After a respite, the price of electricity jumps back to about 5 kroner per kilowatt-hour during periods of high demand starting Tuesday, broadcaster DR reports. 

The recent wintery weather has driven Danes to their radiator dials just as the wind has died down, leaving wind farms idle. “So we have to buy our energy in Germany at a much higher price, because gas prices” dictate the price of energy in Germany more, says Jack Michael Kristensen, functional manager at Andel Energy, a top Danish energy provider. 

The situation is exacerbated because Norwegian and Swedish hydropower facilities are currently underperforming, a Saxobank analyst tells DR. 

Experts say we should expect the high prices to continue through at least December and perhaps into January. 

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‘Scores’ of Britons in Denmark may not have received key Brexit letter 

Many British citizens who moved to Denmark in 2020 — the last year they were eligible for EU ‘free movement’ before Brexit — never received key documents from the Danish government instructing them to update their residency status. Now, they face deportation if they missed the December 31st, 2021 deadline. 

“It does seem unreasonable that a government agency is seemingly putting the responsibility on the resident to know of any changes that need to be made to government records, especially when SIRI [the Danish Agency for Recruitment and Integration, ed.] has not contacted those who they are now seemingly penalising for applying late,” one affected reader told The Local Denmark. 

READ MORE: Scores of Britons in Denmark may not have received Brexit residency letter

Use of ‘regret’ pills on the rise in Denmark

Emergency contraception pills, commonly called the ‘morning-after’ pill or Plan B, had a record-breaking year in Denmark in 2021 — and health advocates say it’s a sign Danes are being more, not less, responsible with contraception, according to broadcaster DR. 

About 136,000 doses of the morning-after pill (fortrydelsespiller in Danish, literally ‘regret’ or ‘withdrawal’ pill) were sold in 2021, up significantly from 107,000 in 2016. The jump was sharpest in Zealand, where sales leapt 44 percent. 

While the morning-after pill shouldn’t be used as a first-choice contraception method, Annemette Wildfang Lykkebo, chairman of the Danish Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, sees the increase as a positive. 

“It is not irresponsible. It is rather responsible, because you act conscientiously and avoid a pregnancy,” she told DR.