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

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 Monday
A Hercules aircraft over Copenhagen during Flag Day on September 5th.Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen nurses strike for one hour 

Nurses from several departments at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet stopped working for one hour this morning from 7:45 am to 8:45am.

They are scheduled to repeat the protest on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

The action by the nurses is in protest at the government’s intervention in a dispute with state employers that has seen nurses strike throughout the summer. Because it comes after the dispute was settled via the government’s resolution, the latest action is in breach of the nurses’ collective bargaining agreement, unlike the earlier strikes which were union-sanctioned.

Similar wildcat strikes by nurses in other parts of Denmark were reported last week.

Collective bargaining agreements are usually settled between unions and employers’ groups under Denmark’s established labour model, and it is rare for a dispute to become so mired that the government steps in to resolve it.

You can read more on the background to this story here.

Ministers to face questions over NSA spying

The defence minister Trine Bramsen and justice minister Nick Hækkerup will today face a parliamentary committee over revelations Denmark allowed United States intelligence agency NSA to use its data cables spy on European countries including Germany, France and Nordic neighbours Norway and Sweden.

The story was first broken by broadcaster DR.

READ ALSO: Europe demands answers after US-Danish spying claims

Health minister to provide Covid-19 update 

The health minister Magnus Heunicke is scheduled to provide an update today on the status of the Covid-19 epidemic in Denmark, in a meeting with parliamentary representatives.

With restrictions all but lifted, Heunicke could comment on calls made last week by other parties to stop sending children home from school if they have come into close contact with a Covid-19 case. Children who have tested positive for the virus would still be sent home under the suggested rule change.

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

Flags flown for veterans’ day 

You may have noticed Dannebrog flying from buses and public buildings yesterday, though being a Sunday, it was not a public holiday.

Dannebrog, as the Danish flag is known, is flown on September 5th to honour the country’s soldiers and others who are stationed abroad, or have been in the past.

The day was introduced in 2009 as a way of acknowledging the contribution of Danish troops in international military operations since 1948.

Danish soldiers were active as peacekeepers in Afghanistan, notably the volatile Helmand province, where a number of casualties and deaths were sustained – perhaps adding extra poignancy to the occasion this year, given the recent takeover by the Taliban in Kabul.

Why are flags flown in Denmark on September 5th?

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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?