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Today in Denmark: A roundup 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.

Curried herring with egg and cress on rye bread is a Danish classic.
Curried herring with egg and cress on rye bread is a Danish classic. File photo: Thomas Lekfeldt/Ritzau Scanpix

Government to present proposal for housing plan 

The new parliamentary session is underway after last week’s reopening, and a stream of government proposals and plans is likely in coming weeks. An agreement with labour market organisations was announced last week, with a handful of proposals that could impact foreign residents.

Housing minister Kaare Dybvad Bek will today present a plan to spend over a billion kroner increasing subsidised housing in Copenhagen. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during parliament’s opening that the capital must become more accessible to people in lower income groups.

READ ALSO: How the cost of renting an apartment in Copenhagen compares to other cities in Denmark

‘Corona effect’ on house prices fades 

Denmark’s housing market now resembles pre-coronavirus conditions with price increases having settled to a lower level than they were at during the crisis, news wire Ritzau reports.

September saw the sale prices of houses and apartments increase by 0.3 percent compared to August, Ritzau writes based on data from property site Boligsiden.

Price increases for houses in apartments in recent months are similar to those seen throughout the last decade, an expert said.

“We are now arriving at a housing market that is like the one we know,” said Nykredit housing economist Mira Lie Nielsen.

Fuel prices hit highest-ever level

Filling your car up with fuel in Denmark is now more expensive than ever before.

The consumer price for petrol was last Thursday set at 13.99 kroner per litre, beating the previous all-time record from 2012.

The numbers were published by Drivkraft Danmark yesterday and reported by Finans.

READ ALSO: Denmark’s energy prices hit highest level for nine years

Curried herring product recalled after glass found inside jar 

Curried herring (karrysild) is something of an acquired taste if you’re not a Danish native, in our humble opinion of course. But should you have recently purchased the Princip Karrysild product, made by Tenax Sild and sold in Bilka and Føtex, do not open it (even if you like it).

The product has been recalled after a consumer found a piece of glass in a jar. The batch in question has a best before date of February 16th 2022.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen) advises against eating the product.

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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Wednesday

Støjberg attacks Rasmussen for relaxing tough migration laws, Danish IT company declared bankrupt, 'no quick fix' for cancer waiting lists, and record number of foreigners came to work in Denmark in 2022. Here's some of the morning's news from Denmark.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Wednesday

Denmark Democrat leader attacks government for relaxing migration policy

Inger Støjberg, the leader of the far-right Denmark Democrats, has attacked the government, and in particular Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen for relaxing immigration policy, and ignoring the principle that refugees who no longer need Denmark’s protection should go home. 

Støjberg was arguably Denmark’s most hardline ever immigration minister during Rasmussen’s second term as prime minister between 2015 and 2019. Both Støjberg and Rasmussen have since left the centre-right Liberal Party to form their own parties. 

As migration minister, Støjberg brought in a law allowing police to strip refugees of their jewellery, a ban on Islamic face veils, and a requirement that all those getting citizenship shake the hand of the mayor. 

“I carried it in my heart,” she said of those policies. “That is why I am infinitely sad that Lars Løkke Rasmussen did not take it to heart and is now doing away with the cornerstone, which is to send people home who no longer need our protection.”

Rasmussen has since called these measures “gesture politics”, saying that were only adopted to put pressure on the Social Democrats. 

However, he accused Støjberg of “overdoing it and overinterpreting things”.

“I completely agree that when you apply for asylum, it is because there is a special situation, and if it changes, you have to go home,” he said. “It just can’t be such a hard-boiled point of view, because then you have a heart of ice if you can’t also look at it a little practically.”

Danish vocab: grundstenen – the cornerstone

Danish IT company declared bankrupt after revelations

The Danish IT company Meew has been declared bankrupt by Denmark’s commercial court, weeks after it cancelled a listing on the Spotlight exchange in Stockholm following revelations that its founder fabricated qualifications. 

The Finans newspaper revealed in mid-March that Meew founder and managing director Armin Kavousi had falsely claimed to have a doctorate and to have been a brain researcher, among other things falsely claiming to have a master’s in neuroscience from Aston University in Great Britain. 

The following day, the company’s board resigned, and the stock market listing was abandoned.

“They tried to investigate whether there was an opportunity to transfer the healthy parts of the company,” Per Astrup Madsen, a partner in the law firm DLA Piper, told Finans. “There was contact with an investor, but it has not ended up with an actual agreement. Therefore, there was no basis for allowing the reconstruction to continue.” 

Danish vocab: at blive erklæret konkurs – to be declared bankrupt

‘No quick fix’ for Danish cancer waiting lists: health minister

Health Minister Sophie Løhde said on Thursday that she “deeply regrets” missed deadlines for bowel cancer treatment at Aarhus University Hospital, but that the government does not have an immediate fix for the problem.

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

Broadcaster DR recently reported that 182 patients had waited too long for an operation at Aarhus University Hospital (AUH). Following DR’s report, a Region Central Jutland survey found that 293 patients had waited for more than the two weeks prescribed by law over the past year.

Løhde was asked at a briefing on Tuesday whether bowel cancer patients at AUH can now expected to be operated on within two weeks.

“In reality, that should have happened the entire time. I can’t stand here and guarantee that it will happen again tomorrow or the next day, as much as I’d like to,” she said.

“What I can guarantee is that this has the utmost attention on the part of the government.”

Danish vocab: dybt beklageligt – deeply regrettable

‘Record number’ of foreigners move to Denmark for work

A record number of people moved to Denmark from abroad for work reasons in 2022, according to national agency Statistics Denmark.

A total of 31,600 people moved to Denmark to work last yer, according to a Statistics Denmark review released on Tuesday.

The figure corresponds to a 24 percent increase compared to 2021 and is the highest in the history of the statistic, which goes back to 1997.

The average number of work immigrants in the decade prior to 2022 was 21,000 people.

Specifically, the number describes the amount of people who were given work permits in Denmark in a given year.

Danish vocab: rekordmange – a record number (literally “record many”)