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

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 Wednesday
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Remaining ‘frozen’ feriepenge to be released 

Wage earners in Denmark will soon be able to claim the remaining holiday pay or feriepenge  which the government decided to release last year in a scheme aimed at boosting the economy during the coronavirus crisis.

The money, which would normally have been payable when leaving the Danish labour market (for example on retirement), can now be claimed early, with many people already having claimed their funds during the first round of payouts last year.

Remaining funds will be made available “in a few weeks”, the Ministry of Employment said in a press statement yesterday.

‘Holiday money’ or feriepenge is a monthly contribution paid out of your salary into a special fund, depending on how much you earn.

You can read more about who is eligible to claim the money – and how the claims process worked during the first round – in our explainer article from September this year.

National bank to publish economic prognosis

Danmarks Nationalbank, the country’s central bank, will today present its prognosis for the country, outlining how it expects the economy to grow (or shrink), as well as analysis of monetary trends and an annual report.

The publication of the reports should provide some insight into the impact of the coronavirus crisis on national finances and economy.

Experts push for assembly limit to be relaxed

Current coronavirus restrictions permit a maximum of 5 people to gather outside, or 25 for organised sports activities (except for on Bornholm, where 10 people are allowed to gather).

READ ALSO: Everything that changes in Denmark in March 2021

A number of experts who spoke to broadcaster DR have called for that to change, citing the low risk of passing on the virus outside no longer justified the assembly limit, which remains one of the measures with the biggest impact on personal freedoms.

The government has recently being discussing with other parties plans for the longer-term easing of coronavirus restrictions and is expected to present a plan on March 23rd, according to DR.

Denmark to send frigate to Gulf of Guinea against piracy

Denmark will dispatch a naval frigate with dozens of marines onboard to the Gulf of Guinea to deter pirate attacks on commercial vessels in the region, news wire AFP writes.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the decision yesterday.

Denmark, a major shipping nation, has been pushing for a stronger international naval presence in the Gulf of Guinea following a surge in pirate attacks there.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums. 

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