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
One of the night trains that Danish train company DSB used to run from Frederikshavn to Copenhagen back in 1997. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish government drops plans for asylum centre in Ethiopia 

According to the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray province has led Denmark to remove the country from the list of potential sites for its planned overseas asylum processing centre. 

Immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye recently informed other political parties in Denmark about the decision, the newspaper claimed. 

According to the newspaper, Egypt and Rwanda are still being considered as host countries, with Danish officials shortly to make a second visit to the latter country, 

“The ministry can confirm that there is an ongoing dialogue with Rwanda, including in the form of official trips to the country,” the ministry wrote in a statement.

45,000 Danes have been vaccinated under voluntary scheme 

According to the health company Practio, 45,653 people have received either the Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca vaccine under Denmark’s voluntary scheme. The firm said that of those who had applied, 28 percent of the women had been turned down, and 16 percent of men. 

Employment rises for third month in a row

The number of employed people in Denmark grew by 16,000 people in April, the largest monthly increase since Statistics Denmark began publishing monthly employment figures in 2008. 

Employment has now risen for three months in a row, with 24,000 more people in work in the months between February and April. 

The rise came after  employment fell 17,000 people between December and January. 

“The reopening has opened the floodgates again, with employment gaining an extremely solid momentum, with three months of uninterrupted progress,” said Jeppe Juul Borre from Arbejdernes Landsbank.

Repatriated refugees complain of not getting promised payments from Denmark 

Sanctions against Syria and Iran are stopping Danish banks transfer the promised payments intended to motivate refugees to voluntarily return to their countries of origin, Denmark’s state broadcaster TV2 has revealed. 

At least eleven municipalities contacted by TV2 said that they had struggled to pay out either the first, the second or the both of the instalments promised to returnees.

“I had great confidence in them. But now I feel cheated,” said Osama Al-Aqaud, who has only received one of the promised instalments since returning to Syria.

Survey: Majority of Danes will use night trains to Europe

A survey by Megafon for the Politiken newspaper has found that 52 percent of Danes are certain or will at least consider using night trains when they return to use in 2022. 

Denmark’s last night train to Europe stopped in 2014, but Sweden is set to restart night trains through Denmark from August 2022. 


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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement