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

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 latest news on Tuesday
Danish badminton player Viktor Axelsen reacts after taking his gold medal on Monday .Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark wins gold medal for badminton

Viktor Axelsen took a gold medal for Badminton on Monday, which together with Emma Aastrand Jørgensen’s bronze medal in 200m kayak, brought Denmark’s tally of medals in the Tokyo Olympics to six, with two golds, one silver and three bronze medals. Sailor Anne-Marie Rindom won a gold in Laser sailing on Sunday 

Denmark is so far ranked 21st out of all the competing countries, ahead of its Nordic neighbours Norway, Sweden and Finland, in 22nd, 30th, and 75th respectively. 

Danish priest goes on trial for wife’s murder

The priest Thomas Gotthard will confess to murdering and burying his wife at a court in Hillerød on Tuesday morning, his defence lawyer has told TV2

“The accused is expected to give a full account about what happened, and we hope and expect that the case will be decided with a confession case later in the day,” Jesper Storm Thygesen said. 

Maria From Jakobsen disappeared from her home in Frederikssund, near Roskilde, on the morning of October 26th last year, with Gotthard maintaining that she had left the house in a depressed state without taking her bank cards or telephone. 

Three weeks later, he was arrested and charged with killing her and subsequently disposing of the body.

According to the police, Gotthard conducted internet searches after October 26th, looking at sea depth, oil barrels, suicide, disappearance, and cleaning products.

Police then found large quantities of caustic soda and hydrochloric acid in his house. They found that he cleaned the car on October 26th, and on November 6th, he disposed of a big blue plastic barrel at Frederikssund Recycling Site. 

785 people test positive for coronavirus

A further 785 people in Denmark tested positive for coronavirus in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Monday, according to the latest update from the SSI infectious diseases institute, on the back of 56,639 PCR tests. This means that 1.39 percent of tests were positive, roughly in line with the ranker of 1 percent to 1.5 percent reported in the past few weeks. 

The number of people being treated in hospital has fallen to 54, and one additional death was reported. 

Some 54.9 percent of the Danish population are now fully vaccinated, while 72 percent have had their first jab. 

Warm sunny days expected in Denmark for the rest of the week 

From Wednesday, the summer is expected to return in Denmark, with the temperature holding between 20C and 23C, and sunshine in most places. 

For the last week, much of Denmark has suffered relatively cold temperatures and sporadic showers. 

“It will be relatively cool today and tomorrow, but from Wednesday, warm temperatures will be back,” Bolette Brødsgaard, a meteorologist at Denmark’s state forecasting body, DMI, told the Ekstra Bladet newspaper. “We can look forward to a week without the frequent downpours, we’ve seen recently.” 

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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?