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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik at the Danish parliament last year. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Petition for wage equality reaches threshold for parliamentary discussion

 A citizens’ petition (borgerforslag) calling for equal pay for public servants in different sectors has reached the necessary 50,000 signatures to qualify for parliamentary discussion.

The petition asks lawmakers to revoke a 1969 law, tjenestemandsreformen, which placed public servants on different pay grades, with sectors traditionally seen as dominated by women, such as nursing and childcare, given lower pay than jobs such as teacher or police officer.

Government to attend first ever digital audience with Queen

The traditional audience between the Danish government and the monarch will be held online today in a historic first, the Palace has confirmed via its website.

Queen Margrethe, who has said in the past that she doesn’t own a mobile phone, will therefore, along with Crown Prince Frederik, meet with ministers via a computer screen.

It is likely to be a longer audience than usual, since previous meetings have been cancelled during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to broadcaster DR.

Covid-19 outbreak in Esbjerg closes school

The Danish Patient Safety Authority has confirmed the closure of a school, Præstegårdsskolen Urban, in southwestern city Esbjerg after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases was detected.

Contact tracing will be conducted by municipal health services and pupils, staff and parents have been asked to take a Covid-19 test, the authority states in a tweet.

Tax return information available as queues shorten

Waiting time to log on to the Danish tax agency website have shortened after heavy traffic over the weekend, following the release of annual tax return information, known in Danish as årsopgørelsen.

If you pay tax in Denmark, you can log in to the system to see whether you are due money back or see whether any corrections need to be applied to your return.

You can find more detail in our article.

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