Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

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

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
The Danish seaside town of Blokhus is now home to the world’s tallest sandcastle, standing at 21.16 metres tall. It’s more than three metres taller than a castle built in Germany in 2019, which previously held the title, according to Guinness World Records. Photo: Claus Bjørn Larsen/Ritzau 

Fewer regional trains due to emergency track work in Copenhagen

Due to emergency track work at Copenhagen Central Station, there will be fewer regional trains than usual, according to Danish train company DSB

This will impact trains on routes from Østerport to Slagelse, Østerport to Holbæk, and Copenhagen H to Orehoved. DSB hasn’t shared information on when normal train service will resume. 

There are also fewer S-trains than usual on the Svanemøllen-Hellerup section due to errors in the signals at Nordhavn Station.

If you are more than 30 minutes late, you can apply for compensation for your ticket on DSB’s website under DSB’s Travel Time Guarantee. 

England defeats Denmark in Euro2020 semi-final match

England defeated Denmark 2-1 in July 7th’s Euro2020 semi-final match to head into the final against Italy July 11th. 

The match came down to a penalty kick, a decision some have seen as controversial, in extended playing time. During the kick, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel also had to contend with a green laser shining in his eyes from the stands.

Although coach Kasper Hjulmand was bitter about the referee’s penalty kick ruling, he said he was hopeful for the future and proud of the team’s performance, especially in light of teammate Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the pitch in his country’s opening Euro 2020 game.

Five players, including Schmeichel, received top marks for their performance.

Now, the Danes turn their attention to the Tour de France, where 24-year-old Jonas Vingegaard has made it into the top three.

The castle is expected to stand until the heavy frost sets in in February or March of 2022. Photo: Claus Bjørn Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Half of all Covid-19 cases in Denmark are now the Delta variant

The Statens Serum Institut (SSI) has said 55.4 percent of Covid-19 cases in Denmark within the past week were with the more contagious Delta variant.

In mid-June, the variant accounted for just 6.4 percent of the positive samples. A total of 1106 cases of infection have been registered with the Delta variant in Denmark.

The Delta variant, which was first identified in India, is estimated at being 50 percent more infectious than the already infectious Alpha variant, which was first identified in the UK.

It’s also considered to cause more serious cases of the disease, and vaccines, while still effective, are not as effective as they have been against other variants. 

SSI also reported on July 7th that 689 people have been registered infected with Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. It’s the second day in a row that more than 500 new infections have been registered.

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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?