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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday
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Danish minority gets representation in German parliament

Our colleagues at The Local Germany have been hard at work covering the historic election this weekend, but one result you might not know about is the election of a representative from a Danish local group to the Bundestag.

Sydslesvigsk Vælgerforening (SSW) or ‘South Schleswig Voter’s Association’ looks certain to gain a seat in the German parliament, news wire Ritzau reports. The party represents the Danish minority in the region just south of the Denmark-Germany border. It has not had parliamentary representation for over 60 years.

Danish-German dual national Stefan Seidler is to represent the party in Berlin according to DR.

Sentencing of 24-year-old in terror case

 A 24-year-old man who was last week found guilty of attempting to carry out a terror attack in Denmark or abroad is to be sentenced at the Frederiksberg District Court today.

The man was arrested in Copenhagen last year after attempting to buy weapons and ammunition from an undercover police agent.

Long waiting times for free psychological help

 Young people under the age of 24 can receive free psychological help if they are suffering with anxiety or depression, under a scheme that started out as a trial and was then extended and made permanent.

But waiting times for the service are currently as long as 14 weeks.

“This waiting time increases the risk that your condition worsens, or you get other complaints. When you finally reach treatment, your condition will have developed,” professor in clinical paediatric psychology Sonja Breinholt told broadcaster DR.

New sign of housing market easing

 Soaring house prices since the start of the coronavirus pandemic have been an obstacle for those wanting to buy a home for a while. Last week the government said it would not intervene in the market, citing evidence that the trend was beginning to stabilise.

A report in Jyllands-Posten’s financial section Finans this morning appears to back that. According to the report, the number of people paying above the asking price for apartments was 8.7 percent in August, roughly matching the 8.3 percent recorded in August 2020. The figure peaked at 19.8 percent in February this year.

For houses, the percentage remains a little higher at 11.9 percent, but has dropped consistently since April when it reached 16 percent.

READ ALSO: ‘Prove you’re going to stay’: The challenges of buying a home in Denmark as a foreigner

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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the day’s news on Tuesday

Danish extremist barred from UK, Islamic State sisters lose case against Denmark, Denmark only second happiest country, and home sales in Denmark at lowest level since 2013.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the day's news on Tuesday

Rasmus Paludan barred from entering UK 

The Danish anti-Islamic extremist Rasmus Paludan had been barred from entering the UK after it emerged that he planned to burn copies of the Quran in the city of Wakefield. 

The UK’s security minister, Tom Tugendhat, told the UK parliament that Paludan has been added to the UK’s “warnings index” after he announced his plans to ban a Quran in the city to mark the start of Ramadan on Wednesday and “will not be allowed access” to the country.

“His travel to the United Kingdom would not be conducive with the public good and he will not be allowed access,” he said, according to The Guardian newspaper.  

Danish vocab: adgang – access 

Islamic State twin sisters lose case against Denmark 

A court in Copenhagen on Monday acquitted Denmark’s immigration ministry for stripping two twin sisters of their Danish citizenship in 2020. 

The sisters were born in Denmark to Somali refugees, and then grew up in the UK before going to Syria to join the Islamic state caliphate in 2014, aged 16. The two are now held in the al-Roj prison camp in Kurdish-held northern Syria. 

The sentence is conditional on the women not becoming stateless.

In 2020, ministry said that the sisters were also Somali citizens and therefore would not be left stateless, but their lawyer, Eddie Omar Rosenberg Khawaja, said that the law in Somalia prohibits dual citizenship, meaning the two had lost their Somali citizenship automatically on becoming Danish citizens at aged four. 

He plans to appeal the judgement. 

Danish vocab: tvillingesøstre – twin sisters

Home sales in Denmark sink to lowest level since 2013

The number of home sales in Denmark fell over the last three months to the lowest level since the start of 2013, when the country was still emerging from a protracted housing slump.

Only 9,931 homes were sold in the last three months of 2022, according to the latest figures from the trade body Finance Denmark, the lowest number for 39 three-month periods. At the same time prices have fallen back to the levels they were at at the end of 2020. 

Prices of apartments fell by 7.2 percent last three months of the year compared to the same period in 2021, while prices for detached houses fell by 6.3 percent.

Danish vocab: bolighandler – home sales

World’s second happiest country: Denmark loses out to Finland again

Denmark is listed at number two on this year’s World Happiness Report, coming second to Finland for the second year in a row.

The UN’s World Happiness Report, published on Monday, puts Denmark second on its national happiness ranking.

Finland takes the title of world’s happiest nation, once closely associated with Denmark, for the sixth year in a row.

The Danish second place is the same as its 2022 ranking and one spot better than in 2021. Denmark once took first place regularly, but this has not happened since 2016. Denmark was also second behind Finland in 2019.