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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the news on Monday
Pernille Vermund, the leader of the New Right party, speaking at the Folkemøde political festival in June. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark’s parties to discuss bringing Afghan translators home

Denmark’s government is set to meet on Monday with representatives of the other political parties to discuss how to help Afghan who worked for the Danish armed forces and foreign office in Afghanistan, and who face reprisals if the Taliban now overruns the cities and towns where they live.

“The Liberal Party is ready to enter into an agreement with the government as soon as possible on what is to be done for the local staff and interpreters who have helped Danish forces during the war,” said Lars Christian Lilleholt, the negotiator for the centre-right Liberal party. 

“Denmark must take responsibility for the people who have helped us,” said Andreas Steenberg from the Social Liberal Party. “We must make sure that no people are killed because they themselves or their spouse have helped the Danish soldiers and the Danish interests in Afghanistan.” 

Of the parties, only the Danish People’s Party has ruled out offering those who have helped Denmark the chance of moving to Denmark, with the legal spokesperson for the party, Peter Skaarup, saying any help must take place on Afghan soil, and not in Denmark. 

The Liberal party has said that help should be given on an individual basis, and has not given any indication of how many Afghans can be resettled, although it is open to some Afghans being moved in Denmark. 

Rainy start to the new school year 

Rainstorms are expected across Denmark up until the middle of this week, meaning many children will be sent out in their rainwear from their first week back. 

“There is a low-pressure region now is located near Scotland which is moving to the northeast of Denmark, and which is bringing a wind from the southwest with cool air and many showers,” Martin Lindberg, a meteorologist with Danish state forecaster DMI, told Ritzau.

Rain showers on Monday may bring thunder and hail, he said. On Wednesday, the weather will change for the better with sunshine and 26C temperatures on Friday. 

Daily infections in Denmark under 1,000 for a whole week

In the 24 hours up until 2pm on Sunday, 821 people were registered as newly infected with coronavirus, meaning new infections have started between 1,000 since Saturday July 30th, Denmark’s state infectious diseases agency SSI has reported.  

The number of people being treated in hospital has risen by 13 to 80. 

Rising number of vaccinated in Denmark infected with coronavirus

So far 3,702 fully vaccinated people in Denmark have been registered as infected with coronavirus, equivalent to 0.12 percent of fully vaccinated people. At the same time, 17,532 people have been infected who have only had their first jab, equivalent to 10,8 percent of all coronavirus infections. 

Denmark’s SSI infectious diseases agency said in a statement that the numbers show impact of the more infectious Delta-variant.

“This is due both to the fact that more people have been vaccinated for the first time and that the first jab provides less protection against the Delta variant, which has become dominant in July,” said the agency’s academic head Tyra Grove Krause. “That’s why it’s important that even fully vaccinated people who have symptoms, or who have been in contact with an infected person, still get tested.” 

Denmark’s New Right party wants to abolish state broadcaster and slash 100,000 public sector jobs

Denmark’s populist New Right party has published a radical new manifesto that calls for state broadcaster DR and state train operator DSB to be abolished, and for more than 100,000 jobs to be trimmed from the public sector. 

The manifesto — called Planen for et mere borgerligt Danmark, or “The plan for a more right-wing [also perhaps more civil] Denmark”, seems designed to accentuate the differences between the libertarian New Right and the Danish People’s Party, which, while also critical of DR, is otherwise in favour of state enterprise and generous welfare for Danish people.

 The Danish People’s Party’s leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl called the plan “a frontal assault on the welfare state”. 

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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Friday

Parliament votes for joining EU defence schemes, Danish PM 'rounded on' EU Council President, new fee for repeated citizenship applications, and Queen Margrethe to return to public duties. Here's some of the day's news.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Friday

Danish parliament votes to join EU ammunition-to-Ukraine scheme

A broad majority in the Danish parliament voted on Thursday for the country to join the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the Permanent Structured Cooperation (Pesco), meaning Denmark will be able to take part in the EU’s joint scheme for buying and delivering ammunition to Ukraine. 

The move was made possible by the referendum decision last June to end Denmark’s opt-out from the European Union’s defence policies. 

“One of the arguments for abolishing the defence reservation was that we should have the opportunity for greater, active participation in European defence policy,” Troels Lund Poulsen, Denmark’s acting Minister of Defence, said in a press release. 

Danish vocab: fælles – common/joint

Mette Frederiksen ’rounded on EU council president’ over inept chairing of summit

Danish Prime Minister gave EU Council President Charles Martel a public dressing down at a European Council summit in February, the Politico newspaper has reported. 

“In a rare interjection,” the newspaper reports, “the Danish prime minister took to the mic to voice her displeasure. But the target of her ire wasn’t the subject of the debate; rather, the way it was being conducted. Charles Michel, the president of the Council and the man responsible for running it, was allowing too much time for the discussion of specific texts instead of steering the debate toward a conclusion.” 

When Frederiksen was asked about the episode on arrival at a new EU summit on Thursday, she played it down, but did not deny it. 

“Ah, now that’s been twisted a little,” she told TV2, reportedly with a lopsided smile. 

Danish vocab: skæv – lop-sided 

Denmark to introduce new fee for repeated citizenship applications

The Danish government will ask persons applying for citizenship for the third or subsequent time after previous rejections to pay additional fees, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration has announced.

Under current rules, a person whose application for citizenship is rejected can apply again in future without paying an additional fee.

The government has decided to change this so that a third or subsequent application by the same person will incur an additional fee, the immigration ministry said in a statement.

The fee for applying for citizenship is currently 4,000 kroner. When a person submits an application, they can apply again at no extra cost should their application not be successful under the existing rules.

There are a number of reasons a Danish citizenship application can be rejected, including criteria related to residency, language, criminal records and financial self-sufficiency. A Danish citizenship test must also be passed before applying.

Danish vocab: et gebyr – a fee

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe to return to public duty on 83rd birthday

Queen Margrethe is scheduled to return to public duty on April 16th, her 83rd birthday, following a period of convalescence after a back operation.

The Queen’s return to public duty on her birthday was announced in a palace statement on Thursday.

“On this occasion, Her Majesty and The Royal Family will appear on the balconies at Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg at 12pm,” the palace said.

“It is expected that The Queen will resume her duties as the country’s sovereign the same day after her successful back operation in February,” it continued.

“The Queen’s physical rehabilitation is going well, but there will continue to be a number of major tasks that The Queen cannot carry out as planned in the coming months. Information about this will be shared on an ongoing basis,” it said.

Danish vocab: at genoptage – to resume 

Danish hospital made 293 cancer patients wait too long for surgery

Some 293 bowel cancer patients at Aarhus University Hospital waited longer than they should have to undergo surgery.

The Central Jutland health authority, which administrates the hospital in Aarhus, gave the figure in a review it released on Thursday.

The admission from the regional health board comes after broadcaster DR had reported that 182 patients with serious bowel cancer had waited too long for an operation at Aarhus University Hospital (AUH).

The period covered by DR’s reporting is May to December 2022, while the figure from Region Central Jutland is for January 2022 until February 2023.

Danish law requires cancer patients to be operated on within two weeks of the decision to operate being made.

Danish vocab: kræftpatienter – cancer patients