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

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 Friday
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Bankruptcies near lowest level since 2009 

Businesses in many sectors have battled with shutdowns and other obstacles resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic over the last year, but a surge in bankruptcies appears to have been averted, according to a report by broadcaster DR.

A total of 194 bankruptcies were registered in August, significantly fewer than the 304 posted in the same month in 2020.

The figures support evidence that Denmark’s economy is recovering well from the effects of the pandemic.

Nurses in Roskilde strike in protest at government intervention in conflict

Nurses at the Zealand University Hospital in Roskilde were briefly on strike this morning in breach of their collective bargaining agreement, Sjællandske Nyheder (SN) reports.

That comes after parliament last week passed a special bill imposing a pay deal on nurses and the Danish regions that employ them. The bill forces the parties to accept the compromise reached in talks with a government mediator earlier this year.

EXPLAINED: Why has the government intervened in Denmark’s nurses strike?

15 nurses from the hospital’s ophthalmology department took part in the action, according to the report. The action began at 8am but the nurses resumed work at 9am on the advice of their union representative.

“We are very dissatisfied with the government intervention,” one of the nurses told SN.

“We don’t feel we are valued or that we are being listened to,” she added.

Weekend to begin with sunny weather 

Summer temperatures are hanging on for the time being, and the weekend is forecast to begin with sunny weather on Friday afternoon after clouds clear during the morning.

Sun is expected across most of the country today with temperatures of 20-23 degrees Celsius, though cooler on the west coast.

A light to moderate wind can be expected. This will also be a little more brisk in the west of the country.

Travel rules could be updated 

Any changes to the Danish foreign ministry’s current Covid-19 travel guidelines are normally announce on Friday afternoon. This can include updates to the colour designation of countries or regions on Denmark’s traffic light system, which determines the restrictions for entry from abroad (if any apply).

We’ll report changes on our website should any be announced.

EXPLAINED: What does the ‘end of Covid-19 restrictions in Denmark’ actually mean?

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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?

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