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

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 Friday
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Additional coronavirus restrictions to be lifted next week 

From next Wednesday it will be possible in Denmark to dine indoors at a restaurant with up to nine other people, provided you reserve a table and everyone has a valid corona passport.

That is because politicians late last night agreed on a deal to speed up Denmark’s schedule for lifting restrictions, in light of encouraging infection and hospitalisation data in the country.

The deal also further opens schools and will allow some spectators at football matches. We’ll have the details in an article on our website today.

Liberal party heading for obscurity, polls say

The Liberal (Venstre) party, currently the largest opposition party and the party of two of the last four prime ministers (Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Anders Fogh Rasmussen), is in danger of losing its status as Denmark’s senior conservative group in parliament, according to an Epinion poll conducted for broadcaster DR.

The poll found that the Liberals now have just 10.4 percent of the support of voters, a collapse compared to the 23.4 percent share it took at the 2019 general election.

That leaves them well short of the Conservative party, which has seen its support grow to 15.5 percent in the latest poll, up from 6.6 percent in 2019.

The Liberals have lost arguably their two biggest profiles this year, with Løkke Rasmussen breaking away to form his own centrist party and hardline former immigration minister Inger Støjberg handing in her membership in the fallout over her upcoming impeachment trial.  

Ministers to answer questions over Danish children in Syrian camps

The defence and foreign ministers, Trine Bramsen and Jeppe Kofod, will today answer questions from the other parties over the conditions in the Kurdish-controlled prison camps Al-Hol and Al-Roj in northeastern Syria, wear former Islamic State (Isis) militants and their familes are held. At least 19 children with Danish nationality or the right to Danish nationality are known to be in either of the camps.

The ministers are to answer questions on the threat posed to Denmark by the flight risk of extremists at the camp, and the risk children will be abducted and indoctrinated, broadcaster DR reports.

The government has been pressured by sections of the public and parliament to extract the children and their mothers from the camps, but the issue divides opinion.

You can read more about this here.

Three Iranians to go on trial on terror charges

Three leaders of an Iranian Arab separatist group will go on trial in Denmark on April 29th accused of financing and promoting terrorism in Iran with Saudi Arabia’s backing, Danish prosecutors said yesterday.

“Three leaders of the ASMLA (Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz) are accused of financing and promoting terrorism in Iran in cooperation with a Saudi intelligence service,” the Danish prosecution service said in a statement, reported by the AFP news wire.

The case is to be heard at Roskilde District Court and the Iranians risk 12 years in prison if found guilty.

READ ALSO: Denmark backs EU over Iran sanctions after murder plots

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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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