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 roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
A child gathers shells at a visit to Amager Strandpark in March. Photo: Linda Kastrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark’s tax ministry orders review of rules for cryptocurrencies

Denmark’s taxation minister Morten Bødskov announced on Tuesday that the country’s independent tax law committee would look at the regulatory framework around cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. 

“We must be vigilant and ensure that our rules are up-to-date and limit fraud and mistakes,” he said in a statement

In the years up until 2019, the Danish Tax Agency has identified approximately 16,000 companies and individuals who had made trades using cryptocurrencies, two-thirds of whom had not properly informed the tax authorities.

Women reported most occupational injuries due to coronavirus

Women have reported 6,000 of the 8,000 occupational injuries related to the coronavirus pandemic in Denmark, according to Labour Market Insurance, the agency responsible for judging claims under the Workers’ Compensation Act. 

“There are almost three times as many women as men who have reported occupational injury due to Covid-19,” said Lisbet Dyrberg, the agency’s customer center director.  “This is probably due to the fact that a large part of the occupational exposure to covid-19 infection has taken place in industries where many women are employed.”

“Nurses come into close contact with infected people, which is why I am especially pleased that it has been recognized as an occupational injury,” said Anni Pilgaard, deputy chairman of the Danish Nurses’ Council. “There is a risk of becoming ill with long-running effects, and therefore there should be an opportunity to receive compensation.”

Yngre Læger, from the Association of Young Doctors, which represents 14,000 hospital doctors, said 46 percent of those who fall ill to coronavirus have failed to report it as an occupational injury. 

Social Democrat party secretary admits “we have a problem” around sexual harassment

Jan Juul Christensen, party secretary in the Social Democrats, has acknowledged that the party has problems with sexual harassment of young women in the party, after the Berlingske newspaper on Sunday reported the stories of seven women who have experienced sexually transgressive behavior from a former male employee of the party. 

“It is clear when such cases come up, and I can not rule out that there will be more in the future, that we have a problem,” he told the Ritzau newswire. “It will take time before everyone in the whole party understands the seriousness of this. We need to work with this and focus on it, and I think we are in the process of doing that.”

He said that the man had resigned from the party at the end of 2020, but acknowledged that at least one of the women did not think that her case had been properly handled. 

The personal affairs committee of the Social Democrats’ youth party, DSU, is opening a sexual harassment case against the former employee of the Social Democrats, DSU’s chairman Frederik Vad Nielsen told Politiken.

Danish Men in Black anti-lockdown protestor escapes “double punishment” 

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to one year in prison by the Copenhagen City Court for throwing four flares at the police during a demonstration held by the anti-lockdown group Men In Black. 

Although the crime took place at Denmark’s most violent anti-lockdown protest on January 9, the court decided not to impose double punishment under section 81 d of the Criminal Code, which applies if “the offence has a background in or connection with the covid-19 epidemic in Denmark”.

The double-punishment clause was used in a case of a 31-year-old woman who was convicted of inciting violence at the same demonstration in Copenhagen, with her one-year prison sentence doubled to two.

The high court is expected to make a judgement in the case of the woman on Wednesday.

30-year-old man stabbed in the back in Copenhagen 

A 25-year-old man has been charged with aggravated violence after he stabbed a 30-year-old man several times in the back at Amager Strandpark on Tuesday night, police said on Wednesday morning. 

“We have questioned the victim. He has been treated but has not been discharged from the hospital yet,” said Baris Tuncer, the a police officer working on the case.  “We still do not quite know what preceded the stabbing, but we know that there were several people gathered outside at Amager Strandpark.

Tuncer called for any witnesses, who had seen, for instance, cars driving to or from the scene before or after the stabbing. 

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

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
The centenary celebrations for the return of Northern Schleswigtook place at Kongeskansen, or the King's Hedge, the remains of the fortress the Prussians built after their victory in the second Schleswig War. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Eriksen suffered ‘cardiac arrest’, Denmark team doctor confirms

Denmark’s team doctor said Sunday there was still “no explanation” for why midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed during his country’s opening Euro 2020 game against Finland, but confirmed he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

“He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation,” team doctor Morten Bösen told a press conference. “How close were we? I don’t know. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation), so that’s quite fast,” Bösen added.

However, the physician also said they had yet to discover that cause of the 29-year-old’s heart attack.   

“There’s no explanation so far,” Bösen said, adding that all tests done so far on the player, who is still in hospital, have come back fine.

“That is also one of the reasons that he is still in the hospital,” the physician added. Read our story here

Denmark on Sunday celebrates 100th anniversary of return of South Jutland

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II on Sunday made a speech in the south Jutland town of Frederikshøj to mark the centenary of the return of southern Jutland to Denmark. 

“We now leave the border to younger generations. Safe and confident that they can follow the development that their parents and grandparents began,” Margrethe said. 

After the defeat of Germany in World War I, the Allied powers organised two referenda in Northern and Central Schleswig, with Northern Schleswig voting 75 percent for reunification with Denmark, and then reuniting with Denmark on June 15th, 1920. 

The centennial celebration was scheduled for July 2020 but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Number hospitalised and infected in Denmark falls despite reopening 

The number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus has fallen to 98 people, down from 155 people at the start of the month. On Saturday the number hospitalised fell below 100 for the first time since last September. 

The number of new infections has also been falling, with 315 people testing positive in the 24 hours up to 2pm on Sunday, the lowest number since February 14th. 

Danish police wait for ‘boy racer’ to hand himself in 

The driver who hit speeds of up to 150km per hour as he fled police in Ishøj on the outskirts of Copenhagen on Sunday will eventually hand himself in, police predicted. 

“We know exactly who he is and we have been in telephone contact with him. He’s kind of gone into hiding, but he knows very well that he needs to approach us,” Mads Dam from the Copenhagen Police told Ritzau on Monday morning.

As well as driving at more than three times the speed limit in a residential area, the man also drove at times against the direction of the traffic, through red lights, across football pitches and down paths meant for pedestrians. 

The chase began after police approached him in a parking lot. 

Russian planes violate Danish airspace around Bornholm 

Two Russian planes on Friday violated Danish airspace by flying over the Baltic Sea and then over Bornholm, 

The Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets moved into the airspace near Christiansø, between 11.08am to 11.10am and 11.40am to 11.42am. 

“It is very rare that we see this type of violation of Danish airspace, so two on the same day can only be described as serious,” said Trine Bramsen, Denmark’s minister of defence.

“We are of course very concerned about how this could happen. Is this a navigational error or a deliberate provocation? Of course we will dig into that.”

Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod has summoned Russia’s ambassador to Denmark over the violation, and said he would also discuss it with his allies, particularly in the Nato alliance.

The planes were met by Danish F-16 aircraft, which followed the Russians during the entire second violation. Read our story here.