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

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 round-up of the news on Thursday
A night train linking Stockholm and Berlin leaves Høje Taastrup near Copenhagen in June 2021. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Ex- immigration minister faces trial for separating migrant couples


Former Danish immigration minister Inger Støjberg goes on trial today in a rarely used impeachment court accused of illegally separating couples who arrived in the country to claim asylum.


The specially-convened court will determine whether Støjberg violated the European Convention on Human Rights by separating the couples.


Here’s our explainer on why the divisive ex-minister is facing the rare trial and what the outcome could mean for her.




Supreme court to rule on company over supply of drones to Isis


The highest court in Denmark, Højesteret, will today rule on a case involving supply of drones and other equipment to the Islamic State (Isis) terror group by three men, broadcaster DR reports.


Last year, the Østre Landsret high court gave the men prison sentences ranging from three to eight years, while also deporting one of them from the country.


Plan to extend Aarhus light rail in the balance


Long-standing plans to extend the Letbane light rail system in Aarhus, which opened in 2017, now look in doubt.


The city government in Aarhus is no longer in favour of an extension towards the harbourside neighbourhood Aarhus Ø, with conservative parties against further construction of the light rail network, DR writes.


Instead of laying new light rail tracks, the parties want to instead operate a lower-cost bus rapid transport system, which uses buses on dedicated roads. The light rail has been criticised for having too few passengers in relation to the amount of city space it uses.


Norwegian transport minister keen on night train to Copenhagen


Norway’s transport minister Knut Arild Hareide has asked the country’s railway authority Jernbanedirektoratet to investigate the options for opening a night rail connection between Oslo and Copenhagen.


An answer is expected by November 1st, after which the Norwegian government will decide whether to go forward with the proposal to directly link the two Nordic capitals by rail.


“I hope we’ll secure a deal. Cross-border trains are exciting,” Hareide told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

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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?