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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
Denmark's National Bank has doubled its expectations of economic growth for 2021. Photo: Danmarks Nationalbank

Denmark’s central bank expects 3.3 percent growth in 2021

Denmark’s Nationalbank has said it expects its growth this year to reach 3.3 percent, more than double the 1.4 percent growth rate it forecast as recently as March, and called on the government to tighten fiscal policy to prevent overheating. 

“Activity has recovered quickly following the reopening, and demand is strong. At the same time, there are signs of bottlenecks building up in manufacturing and construction,” the central bank’s governor, Lars Rohde, said in a press release

“It is time to adjust the extraordinary fiscal support to the economy and, with the economy heading for a mild boom, the government should be prepared to tighten fiscal policy more than planned.”

The bank expects growth of 3.7 percent in 2022, down from the 4.5 percent growth it predicted in March, and 2.2 percent in 2023. 

Denmark’s Red Green Alliance calls for extra cash for maternity wards.

Ahead of inter-party negotiations later on Wednesday,  Mai Villadsen, the party’s political reporter said that Denmark’s maternity wards should receive an extra 300m kroner, which can be used to making sure a midwife is always present during birth and that new mothers can rest afterwards in the delivery room. 

“We must ensure that they [midwives] get better conditions, and that there are rights for each individual mother, so we do not again experience that people are ferried by taxi from one hospital to another during the birth, or that new parents are put out on the streets,´ just a few hours after going through something as life-changing as having a child.” 

Sun and low winds “in most places” for Sankt Hans celebrations: DMI

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) has forecast good weather conditions for tonight’s Sankt Hans celebrations, with temperatures of up to 18C, sunshine in most places, only patches of rain, and low wind, lowering the risk the the Sankt Hans bonfires lead to wildfires. 

“It should stay predominantly dry, and I think that there will be sun in most places,” said meteorologist Lars Henriksen. 

Covid-19 pandemic in retreat in Denmark for third week running 

The so-called reproduction number, which is used to assess whether a pandemic is growing or in retreat is 0.8 for the third week running, Denmark’s health minister Magnus Heunicke has said on Twitter. This means that every ten people who get infected go on on average to infect only eight more, leading the total number of infections to gradually drop. 

“The epidemic is still declining,” Heunicke wrote. “This is reflected in the infection rates, which since the end of last week have been below 250 confirmed cases. This is the lowest level since September 2020. 

Test capacity in Denmark will be scaled down 

From this Tuesday, Denmark is scaling its test capacity down from 500,000 tests per day to 400,000 tests per day, with the number of test centres reduced, meaning longer journeys for some to get tested, Denmark’s justice minister Nick Hækkerups said at a press conference on Tuesday. 

Under the downscaling plan, the capacity is reduced when the number of people being tested falls below certain thresholds. On Tuesday, there have been seven days in a row with less than 300,000 daily rapid tests, shifting the capacity required to phase two, the second of the five phases. Phase five will come when there have been under 50,000 daily tests for seven days, at which point the capacity will be reduced to 100,000 tests per day.  

Relatively low infection rates from Euro2020 matches and celebrations 

According to the Danish Patient Safety Authority, only 29 Covid-19 infections have so far been linked to Euro2020 matches played on Danish soil, either in stadiums or at events where the match is projected onto a big screen.

So far the Danish team has played three matches on Danish soil. 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A rare day of sunshine, a major fire in Copenhagen, and energy companies forced to 'give back' a billion kroner are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Sunshine ahead 

Denmark can look forward to a rare day of winter sun on Friday, according to the latest from the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

DMI meteorologist Klaus Larsen says temperatures will hover above freezing and the wind will be manageable today as the clouds part. 

It will be a brief reprieve, however — the clouds will return promptly for the weekend. Take an hour to sit yourself outside like a potted plant. 

READ ALSO: Why Denmark’s extra grey January can cause winter blues, and what might help

Massive fire in west Copenhagen due to possible explosion 

A “major” fire on Damhus Boulevard took 21 vehicles and 49 firefighters to subdue, according to tweets from the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department. 

The fire broke out in an occupied building currently undergoing renovation, the Fire Department says. A news outlet that was on the scene while the fire was still active reports the emergency began with an explosion, which appears to be corroborated by images of the scene that show debris scattered well away from the building. 

Mads Dam of the Western Copenhagen police told news agency Ritzau that he couldn’t provide any information about the cause of the fire. “It all needs to cool down before our technicians can come in and examine it,” Dam said. 

Tax minister: energy companies owe Danes a billion kroner 

Energy companies will have to fork over 1.2 billion kroner of the last year’s windfall to the Danish treasury, tax minister Jeppe Bruus told business news outlet Finans. 

“We will return that money to consumers in the forthcoming negotiations on inflation relief,” Bruus said. He added that the 1.2 billion kroner sum is a fraction of what was expected to be recovered, which had been estimated at more than 10 billion. 

In September, European Commission announced plans to cap to energy company profits as well as levy collections from fossil energy companies to the tune of 140 billion euros, news agency Ritzau reports. 

READ ALSO: How much will energy cost in 2023 in Denmark compared to 2022?