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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

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

The Queen's residence Amalienborg in Copenhagen on Wednesday.
The Queen's residence Amalienborg in Copenhagen on Wednesday. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Record employment levels continue

August saw the total number of people employed in Denmark increase for the seventh consecutive month. An additional 15,000 people found work, bringing the national total to 2,869,000, new Statistics Denmark data shows.

High employment figures throughout the summer and autumn have been accompanied by reports of a booming economy but increasingly acute labour shortage.

READ ALSO: Are international workers the answer to Denmark’s labour shortage?

Archaeological discovery shows Vikings lived in Canada 1,000 years ago 

The Vikings crossed the Atlantic 1,000 years ago and therefore several centuries before Columbus, according to a new archaeological discovery reported by broadcaster DR yesterday.

Research has dated a Viking settlement named L’Anse aux Meadows on Newfoundland to the year 1021. The date was found by Carbon-14 dating wooden fragments from the settlement. 

Only half of calls to crisis helpline went answered

Around half of people who call mental health helpline Livslinien do not get through to an advisor, DR reports.

14,328 of 165,732 calls to the helpline in 2020 were not picked up, according to the report. Because many call back up to several times after not getting through initially, this means around half of callers get through to an advisor.

The crisis line’s director said more operators – who must have the professional and personal skills to manage the calls, which are often from people experiencing suicidal thoughts – were needed. He also called for a national plan of action for suicide prevention.

Livslinien can be contacted on 70 201 201, or through the chat function on Online advice can be found on It helps to put difficult thoughts into words, and you can do this anonymously, DR stresses in its report.

Treasure hunt off Greenland for marine diamonds

Greenland’s seabed is being studied to see if it is home to marine diamonds, in a survey conducted on behalf of international diamond group De Beers, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) said yesterday.

The sonar inspections were to take place off Greenland’s western coast, in a zone measuring 800 kilometres, the report said.

Western Greenland is already known to have onshore diamonds, but De Beers is attempting to find out whether the precious gems may have been carried out to sea during geological movements. 

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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Friday

Overnight outage for e-Boks system continues and kindergartens to be tested for PFAS are among the news in Denmark on Friday morning.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Friday

Denmark’s e-Boks digital mail system still down on Friday morning

People in Denmark were still unable to log in to the e-Boks system on Friday morning, more than 12 hours after problems began shortly before 7pm on Thursday evening. 

“We are currently experiencing problems logging into e-Boks both via app and web. We are working hard to resolve the problem and apologise for the inconvenience,” the system said on its website.

E-Boks allows Danish residents to receive digital mail from the government and other public sector organisations.

Danish vocabulary: vi beklager ulejligheden – we apologise for the inconvenience

Major spending plan to fight social dumping 

A majority of parties have agreed a 1.3 billion kroner spending plan that is designed to tackle social dumping and other problem areas at workplaces.

The deal, termed a “working environment agreement” (arbejdsmiljøaftale), specifies social dumping as a major area of focus.

“This is an agreement of historic level. I am happy that everyone is part of it,” employment minister Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen said following the conclusion of negotiations on Thursday.

Social dumping is the practice by which foreign workers are used to circumvent Danish collective bargaining agreements, saving employers money by hiring staff on wages and working conditions inferior to those set by the Danish labour model.

Some 673 million kroner of the total 1.3 billion are earmarked for prevention of social dumping.

“This is an anti social dumping effort that acts against labour crime and cheating the system. So that people who actually play by the rules get fair competition,” Halsboe-Jørgensen said.

Denmark to test 10 kindergartens and playgrounds for ‘forever chemical’ PFAS

Ten kindergartens and public playgrounds in the South Denmark region are to be tested for the pollutant chemical PFAS.

Five kindergartens and public playgrounds on Funen and five kindergartens and public playgrounds in Southern Jutland are to be tested for presence of the chemical, the South Denmark regional health authority said in a statement on Thursday.

The locations are to be tested because the authority does not know with certainty that they are not contaminated with PFAS, the health authority said.

“I want to stress that the Region does not expect in advance that PFAS chemicals will be found in the ground in amounts that can constitute a risk to children,” Poul Erik Jensen, head of the Region’s environment board, said in the statement.

Danish vocabulary: at understrege – to stress

Danish agency received 14 reports of drones after Nord Stream explosions

Denmark’s Energy Agency received 16 reports of drone and ship activity at energy facilities on or under the sea in the weeks after the sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines.

The information on the reports was revealed by newspaper Børsen based on an access to information request with the Energy Agency.

Drone sightings accounted for 14 of the 16 reports with the remaining two relating to ships. In the corresponding period in 2021, the agency received zero reports.

It is impossible to say whether the apparent spike in sightings represents increased activity or increased alert in the area, according to an expert.