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Today in Denmark: A roundup 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 roundup of the news on Friday
The Fridays for Future movement will renew protests in Denmark on Friday. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

Climate strike outside parliament

Climate change protest movement Fridays for Future is to return the square fronting the Christiansborg palace today, where parliament convenes.

Around 3,000 people are expected to participate in the protest.

“At the strike, children, young people and adults will speak out about the lack of action (over climate change) we are seeing from the political side and make it clear we will not give up”, Fridays for Future writes according to broadcaster DR.

Organisation to sue Denmark over treatment of children in Syrian camps

 Campaign movement Repatriate the Children (RTC) plans to sue the Danish state for its failure to evacuate five children from Syrian detention camps, newspaper Politiken reports.

The children have not been evacuated to Denmark because their mothers have been stripped of their Danish citizenships and will not consent to being separated from the children, which would enable Denmark to evacuate the children under government policy.

Another 14 children are to be evacuated along with their mothers, who still have Danish passports.

This constitutes preferential treatment of some children over others, the organisation argues. We’ll have more detail in an article today.

READ ALSO: Denmark to evacuate dual national from Syrian camp in exception to own policy 

Former Uber drivers reported for suspected benefits fraud

More than 100 former Uber drivers in Denmark have been reported to police for receiving benefits while working as a ride share driver via the app, Radio4 reports.

Drivers received unemployment benefits or the state student grant (SU) in breach of rules on 439 occasions, according to the report.

Uber operated in Denmark from 2014 to 2017 before a new taxi law was passed, resulting in it halting services in the country.

Autumn to take a weekend break with dry and sunny weather

 After some hair-raising wind yesterday a more pleasant weekend is forecast with sunny, warm weather on both Saturday and Sunday.

“It will be a very pleasant autumn weekend, well suited to outdoor activities with sun most places and dry weather both Saturday and Sunday,” DMI meteorologist Mette Wagner told new wire Ritzau.

Temperatures could reach up to 20 degrees, possibly for the last time this year.

Friday is expected to be grey and drizzly before the sunny weekend gets going.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

'Arne' pension cheaper than feared, police claim Christiania residents sell cannabis, super hospital opens, and a rainy week on the way. Here's some of the news from Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Early ‘Arne-pension’ less expensive than feared 

Denmark’s finance ministry believes that the so.called Arne-pension, which allows people who start work at a young age to retire earlier, will be cheaper for the Danish state than expected in the years up until 2030. 

According to the Ekstra Bladet newspaper, the government is likely to spend 1.4 billion kroner less than expected in 2023 alone, as more workers than expected opting to retire at a normal time despite being eligible. 

The ministry told the newspaper it expects to save 10.8 billion between 2022 and 2030 on what had initially been expected. 

The Arne pension allows people to retire up to three years early depending on how many years of work they have done. 

Danish vocab: oprindeligt – originally 

Half the cannabis stalls in Christiania run by residents: police

Police in Copenhagen estimate that roughly half of the cannabis stalls operated in ‘Pusher Street’, the open drug market in Christiania, are run by residents of the famed ‘freetown’ commune. 

“We recognise that officially Christiania distances itself from the brutality in Pusher Street, but it nevertheless seems hypocritical when we can ascertain that some of the residents are involved, and there are children under the age of 13 selling hash,” said Tommy Laursen, who leads the police’s efforts to stamp out the organised hash business. 

Hulda Mader, a spokesperson for Christiania, blamed the police’s attempts to shut down Pusher Street had led to increased criminalisation. 

“Intensive efforts made by the police last year have meant that the hashish market has gone from bad to worse,” she said. 

Danish vocab: hyklerisk – hypocritical

New ‘super hospital’ opens outside Copenhagen two years late

The new so-called ‘super hospital’ that was supposed to open two years ago in Køge, a satellite town of Copenhagen, took its first 80 patients on Sunday. 

The new building, Wing R, which opens on Sunday, contains both surgical and medical departments for highly specialised treatment, as well as 200 private rooms spread over eight floors.

Hospital director Niels Würgler Hansen told TV2 that the hospital’s ability to provide specialised treatment will prevent patients from having to travel to the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. 

Despite the delays, the project stayed within budget. 

Danish vocab: forsinkelser – delays

Rainy week ahead in Denmark 

Get your anoraks and rubber boots ready. Denmark is expected to see heavy rainstorms every day for the first half of this week, clearing on Thursday for a dryer and sunnier Friday. 

“It looks like it will be a relatively grey week with a lot of rain,” Erik Hansen, the meteorologist on duty at Denmark’s Meteorological Institute, told Ritzau on Monday morning. 

But it will be much warmer, with temperatures of between 7C and 12C, with a lot of fog on Monday. 

Danish vocab: en ganske våd uge – a pretty wet week