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

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 Tuesday
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Copenhagen’s new nightlife zones take effect 

New ‘nightlife zones’ in three parts of central Copenhagen come into force today. The zones enable police to ban people with certain types of previous conviction from entering the areas at night.

The zones, which take effect for an initial two-year period, are located city in either the Inner City or Vesterbro neighbourhoods. They include the streets Gothersgade, Vestergade and Vesterbrogade along with the popular Kødbyen (The Meatpacking District), which has a high concentration of bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

The zonal bans can be applied to people with previous convictions including for certain violent crimes or weapons offences.

READ ALSO: Copenhagen police to ban people with criminal records from nightlife areas

 Businesses can buy unused Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine supplies

 As of today, private companies in Denmark can purchase the Covid-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson from health authorities. The companies will then be able to offer them to individual customers including visitors from abroad.

The new arrangement replaces the now-defunct opt-in scheme to receive the J&J jab. Denmark still has a stock of the vaccines after withdrawing them from its national programme earlier this year.

You can read more in this report.

Roskilde Festival announces sustainability event in November

The Roskilde Festival, Scandinavia’s largest music festival, has not taken place since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisers have found creative ways to keep the festival spirit going, firstly through a mini festival at Ofelia Plads in Copenhagen in April this year, then the downscaled Summer Days event at the Roskilde festival site, which complied with the public gathering restrictions which were in place in July.

A third 2021 Roskilde event, Grasp, was announced on Tuesday in collaboration with Roskilde Municipality, Roskilde University and the city’s Ragnarock music museum.

Scheduled for 18th-20th November, the event will “gather researchers, artists and practicians to solve the challenges of our time, the climate crisis and inequality,” the Roskilde Festival said in a statement.

Art, research and activism will all be part of the programme for the event which will take place over three days in Roskilde.

More information can be found on the new festival’s website.

Noma restaurant wins third Michelin star

Copenhagen restaurant Noma, one of the world’s top eateries, last night picked up a coveted third Michelin star.

Noma has regularly ranked in the top 10 of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, including number two in 2019 and number one for three years running from 2010 to 2012.

It has held two stars from the Michelin restaurant guide for the last 12 years.

“This is one of the highest mountains to scale in the restaurant world,” chef Rene Redzepi wrote on Instagram.

Forced to close for six months during the Covid crisis, Noma reopened in June of this year.

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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?