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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday
Snus, the small nicotine patches placed under the top lip most popular in Norway and Sweden, could soon become more pricey in Denmark. Photo: Michael Bager/Jysk Fynske Medier/Ritzau Scanpix

Party wants emissions-free Denmark by 2040 

Denmark has a political target of reducing its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030, a goal that is broadly backed in parliament. The centre-left Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre) party says it wants to take those ambitions up a level by making the country CO2 neutral by 2040.

The party wants to put aside 25 billion kroner to promote conversion to sustainable and green technology, broadcaster DR writes.

Tax to be introduced on snus 

A tax looks likely to be charged on snus, the small tobacco pouches popular in Norway and Sweden (and interestingly, not referred to as snus but as the more mundane nikotinposer, nicotine bags, in Danish).

Recent reports in Danish media have suggested health experts are concerned over use of the snus pouches in (intimate) places other than under the top lip, where they are normally placed.

A box of snus could become 11 kroner more expensive under the tax, the same charge as the one placed on cigarettes. The government is to table a bill which could see it introduced by the new year.

Residency applicants may need private health insurance 

Denmark’s strong welfare state includes the provision of free health care for all residents. But people who are waiting for their residency applications to be processed – a waiting time that is currently longer than usual – are increasingly finding themselves not caught by the safety net.

Extended processing times for residence permits due to a Covid-19 backlog have left many waiting in Denmark for months without access to the public health programme. 

Here’s what to expect on accessing – and paying for – medical care without a personal registration (CPR) number.

Nurses continue strike action despite fines

Nurses in Aalborg this morning continued industrial protests by striking for one hour, just as they did yesterday, DR reports.

Similar strikes, which breach the nurses’ government-enforced collective bargaining agreement, took place earlier this week in Herlev near Copenhagen and on the islands of Bornholm and Lolland.

Yesterday, a labour court ruled that nurses will face fines of up to 86 kroner per hour for the action, but that does not appear to have deterred them.

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

Newspaper to ignore American culture for one month 

Denmark needs “a break” from American culture, according to newspaper Dagbladet Information, which is to take a month of reviewing any products of the US culture industry, managing editor Rune Lykkeberg writes today.

“The American culture industry has, with streaming services, tech giants and through global publicity gained a unique power over our conception of the world. We have loved it and carried it forwards ourselves.

“We are now undertaking an exercise in resistance: For the next month we will not review culture from the USA but will go exploring in the cultural world outside America,” Lykkeberg writes.

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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Friday

Denmark's sexual consent law 'working as intended', new national conservative party woos Aalborg councillor, central bank raises rate by 0.5 percent, and Denmark's puppy boom is at an end. Here's some of the news on Friday.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Friday

New sexual consent law ‘used as intended’: DPP

A review of Denmark’s new sexual consent law by the country’s Director of Public Prosecutions has concluded that it has been used as intended in the two years since it was brought into the statutes. 

“During the past two years, we have seen convictions in cases where the victim has been passive during a sexual assault, which is within the newly criminalized area, where the starting point for the punishment level is one year and two months,”  Jessika Auken said in a press statement. “Our review of case law shows that the law has been applied as intended.” 

The new law, which requires both parties to give their consent before sexual intercourse takes place, came into force on January 1st, 2021.

Danish vocab: samtykke – consent

Former Danish People’s Party councillor joins Denmark Democrats 

Kristoffer Storm, a prominent city councillor in Aalborg, has announced that he is moving to Inger Støjberg’s Denmark Democrats party, in the latest win for Denmark’s newest far-right party. 

Storm was elected as a representative of the rival Danish People’s Party in 2021, but has been an independent since June last year. 

“Everyone who knows Kristoffer knows that he is an unusually skilled and serious politician. And he has done really, really well as a councillor, so it is a huge gain and joy for me that he is coming over to us now,” Støjberg told TV2.

Danish vocab: en kæmpestor gevinst – a huge gain

Danish central bank raises interest rate by 0.5 percent

Denmark’s central bank Nationalbanken raised its interest rate by 0.5 percent on Thursday in response to a similar move by the European Central Bank (ECB).

The Danish central bank confirmed the decision in a statement after the ECB earlier on Thursday increased its rate by the same amount, bringing it up to 3 percent.

The latest raise is the sixth time within the last year that the ECB has put its interest rate up.

The new rate is the highest set by the ECB since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008.

The Danish National Bank’s interest rates are slightly lower than the ECB’s — 2.6 percent for deposits and 2.75 percent for loans following Thursday’s increases. That is because Nationalbanken increased its interest rates by 0.15 percent less than the ECB the last time the rates were raised, at the start of February. Similarly, it raised its rate by slightly less than the ECB in December.

Danish vocab: renteniveau – interest rate level

Danish ‘puppy boom’ over as Labrador tops list of country’s favourite dogs

The Labrador Retriever has been named as Denmark’s most popular dog breed in an annual list which also suggests that a Covid-19 “puppy boom” has passed its peak.

Puppy litters in Denmark have returned to pre-Covid-19 levels, according to dog owners’ association Dansk Kennel Klub.

The pandemic saw a “puppy boom” in which the number of litters increased, but the 22,481 puppies registered with the organisation in 2022 represented a 20 percent decrease compared to the previous year.

Labrador Retrievers are meanwhile the most popular pedigree dog breed in Denmark for the seventh year in a row, Dansk Kennel Klub said in a press statement released on its website.

Danish vocab: hunderacer – dog breeds