Today in Denmark: A roundup of the 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 roundup of the news on Monday
Reporters gathering outside the Lyngby Court on Monday morning. Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix
Danish People’s Party vice-chair goes on trial for fraud

Morten Messerschmidt, the MP who serves as vice-chair of the Danish People’s Party, will go on trial for fraud, forgery and misuse of EU funds today, with the first hearing of the case at a court in Lyngby. If found guilty of misuse of the funds for the populist Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy (MELD), a former group in the European Parliament, he risks being jailed. 

Signal failure delays trains between Copenhagen and Odense 

Trains passing the Copenhagen suburb of Slagelse are facing serious delays and cancellations on Monday morning, as many commuters return to work after the summer holidays. In addition, InterCityLyn light rail services between Copenhagen and Odense have been cancelled until 1 pm, and will be replaced by buses. 

On its website, rail company DSB blamed signal failures. 

Denmark drops coronapas requirement for museums, amusement parks, aquariums, and zoos

As of August 1st, visitors to museums, amusement parks, aquariums, and zoos are no longer required to show a valid coronapas. The requirement is also being scrapped for theatres, cinemas, music venues, and conferences  with fewer than 500 spectators or participants. 

Germany to require valid coronapas for entry from Denmark

Germany tightened its coronavirus border restrictions at midnight on Sunday, meaning all travellers from Denmark will once again be required to show a valid coronapas (or proof of a negative test, completed vaccination or immunity from past infection) to enter the country. Commuters to Germany or those simply passing through the country are exempt from the new restrictions. 

Find out more about the changes at the Germany authorities’ English explainer here. Here’s a story about the changes on The Local Germany. 

Denmark wins first gold medal at Tokyo Olympics

Danish sailor Anne-Marie Rindom took Denmark’s first Olympic gold at Tokyo on Sunday, winning the women’s one-person dinghy laser radial event. Rindom took the bronze medal in Rio in 2016. 

Although Rindom only took seventh place in Sunday’s race, that was enough to win gold for Denmark. 

Heatwave causes massive melt of Greenland ice sheet

Greenland’s ice sheet has experienced a “massive melting event” during a heatwave that has seen temperatures more than 10 degrees above seasonal norms, according to Danish researchers.

Since Wednesday the ice sheet covering the vast Arctic territory, has melted by around eight billion tonnes a day, twice its normal average rate during summer, reported the Polar Portal website, which is run by Danish researchers.

The Danish Meteorological Institute reported temperatures of more than 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit), more than twice the normal average summer temperature, in northern Greenland.

And Nerlerit Inaat airport in the northeast of the territory recorded 23.4 degrees on Thursday, the highest recorded there since records began. Read our story here

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

The future of surrogate pregnancy in Denmark, whether women should be drafted, and sending Danish tanks to Ukraine are among the top news stories on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Advisory group recommends relaxing surrogacy restrictions 

The Danish Ethics Council, a government advisory body, officially recommends loosening restrictions on surrogate pregnancy, according to a press release. 

Currently, while it’s legal to be a surrogate mother in Denmark, it’s illegal to receive fertility treatment (such as artificial insemination). 

“Today, surrogacy cannot in practice take place in Denmark because the health professionals can’t help,” says Leif Vestergaard Pedersen, chairman of the Ethics Council. 

The Council also suggests that surrogacy itself should be considered part of fertility treatment for the prospective parents — and covered by the national health. 

READ MORE: Danish sperm banks want end to ban on home insemination

Unions: women in Denmark should also face military draft 

Three trade unions representing Denmark’s armed forces say conscription should apply to men and women equally, broadcaster DR reports

“As long as we only have conscription that includes men, women will be an afterthought. Someone who is not immediately considered as competent as men, and that is problematic,” Marie Sihm of the Association of Women Veterans told DR. 

Parties: Denmark could send ‘best tanks’ to Ukraine 

Party leaders tell DR they’re “open” to sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine to aid in the war against Russia, if the Danish armed forces can spare them. 

Until now, Germany has blocked the donation of tanks to Ukraine due to concerns it could be seen as an escalation. That’s expected to end today, with Germany promising its own tanks for the war effort. 

Defense minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen says Denmark has no “current plan” to donate tanks to Ukraine. 

READ MORE: Danish military sends tanks on foreign mission for first time since 2003