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Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Copenhagen restaurant Noma, photographed here in winter 2020, has again been named number one i in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Copenhagen restaurant Noma, photographed here in winter 2020, has again been named number one i in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

MitID replaces NemID

The new secure digital identification system used by all residents in Denmark, MitID, launches today, marking the beginning of the end for Nem ID.

The most significant change is arguably the end of the physical code card still used by many with NemID. The new system will be entirely digital with some exceptions for elderly people or those without smartphones or otherwise unable to use the app.

MitID is to be rolled out in phases with the first 70,000 people to begin using the app today.

Foreign residents in Denmark are currently unable to make the switch because it requires an ID update using a Danish passport.

The Danish Agency for Digitisation previously told us a solution was on the way for this and that NemID can continue to be used in the meantime.


Road authority takes over driving tests

The Danish Road Safety Authorities (Færdselsstyrelsen) today takes over responsibility for driving tests from the police.

Authorities hope the switch will help to reduce current long waiting times for tests.

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Terror charges pressed against three women in Syrian camps

Three women with 14 women between them have secretly been put on terrorism charges prior to being extracted from the detention camps, broadcaster DR reports.

The government has agreed to repatriate the women, who have Danish citizenship, from the Kurdish-run camps, which are used to house former Isis militants and sympathisers. Conditions in the camps are said to be highly damaging for children.

Danish authorities decided earlier this year that terror charges could be brought again the women, with court proceedings taking place behind “double closed doors”, DR writes. The broadcaster has since been given access to the charge sheets.

Copenhagen restaurants take top two places on world’s best list

Restaurant Noma was given the number one spot as the new World’s 50 Best Restaurants were announced last night. Geranium was awarded second place.

The world’s two best restaurants are therefore both located in Copenhagen, according to the prestigious awards given by Restaurant Magazine.

Noma and Geranium were numbers two and five respectively on the previous edition of the list from 2019.

No stranger to the title, Noma was previously placed at the top of the list in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Raw sumak, bear and reindeer brain are currently among delicacies on Noma’s menu, according to social media posts seen by The Local.

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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Friday

Parliament votes for joining EU defence schemes, Danish PM 'rounded on' EU Council President, new fee for repeated citizenship applications, and Queen Margrethe to return to public duties. Here's some of the day's news.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Friday

Danish parliament votes to join EU ammunition-to-Ukraine scheme

A broad majority in the Danish parliament voted on Thursday for the country to join the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the Permanent Structured Cooperation (Pesco), meaning Denmark will be able to take part in the EU’s joint scheme for buying and delivering ammunition to Ukraine. 

The move was made possible by the referendum decision last June to end Denmark’s opt-out from the European Union’s defence policies. 

“One of the arguments for abolishing the defence reservation was that we should have the opportunity for greater, active participation in European defence policy,” Troels Lund Poulsen, Denmark’s acting Minister of Defence, said in a press release. 

Danish vocab: fælles – common/joint

Mette Frederiksen ’rounded on EU council president’ over inept chairing of summit

Danish Prime Minister gave EU Council President Charles Martel a public dressing down at a European Council summit in February, the Politico newspaper has reported. 

“In a rare interjection,” the newspaper reports, “the Danish prime minister took to the mic to voice her displeasure. But the target of her ire wasn’t the subject of the debate; rather, the way it was being conducted. Charles Michel, the president of the Council and the man responsible for running it, was allowing too much time for the discussion of specific texts instead of steering the debate toward a conclusion.” 

When Frederiksen was asked about the episode on arrival at a new EU summit on Thursday, she played it down, but did not deny it. 

“Ah, now that’s been twisted a little,” she told TV2, reportedly with a lopsided smile. 

Danish vocab: skæv – lop-sided 

Denmark to introduce new fee for repeated citizenship applications

The Danish government will ask persons applying for citizenship for the third or subsequent time after previous rejections to pay additional fees, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration has announced.

Under current rules, a person whose application for citizenship is rejected can apply again in future without paying an additional fee.

The government has decided to change this so that a third or subsequent application by the same person will incur an additional fee, the immigration ministry said in a statement.

The fee for applying for citizenship is currently 4,000 kroner. When a person submits an application, they can apply again at no extra cost should their application not be successful under the existing rules.

There are a number of reasons a Danish citizenship application can be rejected, including criteria related to residency, language, criminal records and financial self-sufficiency. A Danish citizenship test must also be passed before applying.

Danish vocab: et gebyr – a fee

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe to return to public duty on 83rd birthday

Queen Margrethe is scheduled to return to public duty on April 16th, her 83rd birthday, following a period of convalescence after a back operation.

The Queen’s return to public duty on her birthday was announced in a palace statement on Thursday.

“On this occasion, Her Majesty and The Royal Family will appear on the balconies at Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg at 12pm,” the palace said.

“It is expected that The Queen will resume her duties as the country’s sovereign the same day after her successful back operation in February,” it continued.

“The Queen’s physical rehabilitation is going well, but there will continue to be a number of major tasks that The Queen cannot carry out as planned in the coming months. Information about this will be shared on an ongoing basis,” it said.

Danish vocab: at genoptage – to resume 

Danish hospital made 293 cancer patients wait too long for surgery

Some 293 bowel cancer patients at Aarhus University Hospital waited longer than they should have to undergo surgery.

The Central Jutland health authority, which administrates the hospital in Aarhus, gave the figure in a review it released on Thursday.

The admission from the regional health board comes after broadcaster DR had reported that 182 patients with serious bowel cancer had waited too long for an operation at Aarhus University Hospital (AUH).

The period covered by DR’s reporting is May to December 2022, while the figure from Region Central Jutland is for January 2022 until February 2023.

Danish law requires cancer patients to be operated on within two weeks of the decision to operate being made.

Danish vocab: kræftpatienter – cancer patients