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

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen arrives at the Amalienborg palace to be formally made new culture minister. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Pakistan is aiding Denmark in evacuation from Afghanistan: Danish Foreign minister

Denmark’s foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, said on Monday afternoon that Pakistan was helping the Danish government evacuate the remaining Danish citizens and local employees who have worked for the embassy and armed forces. 

“I won’t go into the minute details, but I’m happy that, together with Pakistan, we have managed to establish a highly operational framework in our work to evacuate [staff] from Afghanistan,” he said. “It’s cooperation which we place a high value on from the Danish side.” 

On Monday, Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, said on Twitter that he had spoken to Kofod on the issue. 

According to Flightradar24, there are currently two SAS flights en route from Copenhagen to Islamabad, and one flight from DAT arrived in Islamabad on Monday afternoon. 

Danish PM: ‘Situation in Afghanistan is catastrophic’

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen has described the situation in Afghanistan as “catastrophic”, as the country rushes to evacuate the last Danish citizens and local employees from the country. 

“The situation isn’t just serious, it is catastrophic,” she said on Monday morning as she welcomed Denmark’s new Culture Minister. “We are working around the clock and you can see the pictures from Kabul airport yourself. It has been a very dramatic day.” 

Number of Danish Covid-19 patients hits two-month high

The number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus in Denmark has risen to 117, the highest number since June 10th, the SSI infectious diseases agency said on Monday afternoon. 

At the same time, there were 959 new infections registered in the 24 hours to 2pm on Monday, at the higher end of the range of 700-1,000 daily cases seen so far in August. 

Svend Ellermann-Eriksen, a doctor at Aarhus University Hospital, said that it was positive that the return of Danish children to school last week had not led to a noticeable spike in infections, but said the rise in hospitalisations was worth keeping an eye on. 

“If the number continues to rise, then we should start to get worried, but right now the number in relatively stable.” 

Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen appointed new Danish culture minister 

Denmark’s education and research minister Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen has been appointed Denmark’s new culture minister, after her predecessor Joy Mogensen said she was resigning. 

“This is a sign that Mette Frederiksen thinks that a stronger minister is needed, or at least a minister who is more reliable and has a stronger ideological foundation than has been the case with Joy Mogensen,” said Jens Ringberg, DR’s political commentator. “She is part of a small circle of ideologically strong and younger Social Democrats, whom Mette Frederiksen has great confidence in.” 

Jesper Petersen will in turn replace Halsboe-Jørgensen as education and research minister. 

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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