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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.

More wet autumn weather is on the way in Denmark today.
More wet autumn weather is on the way in Denmark today. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Two more banks increase negative interest charges 

Danske Bank and Jyske Bank have increased negative interest applied to private customers’ accounts.

Specifically, the banks will now charge interest of minus 0.7 percent to private customers’ accounts with deposits of over 100,000 kroner. This is an increased negative interest compared to the prior minus 0.6 percent.

As such, savings of 250,000 kroner deposited with the banks will now cost the customer 1,050 kroner annually. The previous interest rate would have resulted in an expense of 900 kroner.

The decision by the banks is the same as that taken by Nordea earlier in the week and is related to a recent downward adjustment of Denmark’s interest rates by the central bank, Nationalbanken.

READ ALSO: Why are Danish bank customers facing (increasing) negative interest?

Prime Minister says Poland ‘challenging EU on fundamental values’

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen yesterday commented on the dispute between Poland and the EU as she arrived for a summit in Brussels.

Poland’s supreme court recently ruled that EU law does not always take precedence over national law, meaning the country risks running afoul of EU treaties.

“This is another element in Poland which on some very fundamental principles challenges our European community and cooperation. We will therefore certainly be having a discussion about these questions,” Frederiksen said according to broadcaster DR.

“From a Danish point of view we fundamentally believe there should be a connection between payment of (EU) funding and complying with fundamental values,” she added, without directly saying payments to Poland should stop. 

Time switch to winter tyres?

We’re heading into late October, and many motorists in Denmark will be thinking of changing the tyres of their car to the winter variety this weekend, if they haven’t already done so this week.

Winter tyres are not a legal requirement in Denmark – unlike in Germany, Sweden and Norway – but the majority of car owners use them and they are recommended by motorists’ associations.

READ ALSO: Driving in Denmark: When should you change to winter tyres?

More wet weather this weekend

The autumn break week has been a soggy affair, and that shows no sign of ending yet.

Rain showers are “tumbling down upon us” in the words of national met office DMI, which also writes that strong winds are forecast. On a positive note, the rain could let up for a while this afternoon, perhaps allowing a little sun through.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Object recovered near Nord Stream pipeline, Field’s shooter charged, possible ban on biker gang and other news from Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Denmark recovers object near sabotaged Nord Stream pipeline

Denmark has recovered a cylindrical object spotted near the sabotaged Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Danish Energy Agency said yesterday, adding it was a “smoke buoy”.

The agency said in a statement that the object had been recovered at a depth of 73 metres and that a “representative of the owner, Nord Stream 2 AG, was present during the salvage”, news wire AFP reports.

According to the energy agency, the recovery was completed on March 28th.

“Investigations indicate that the object is an empty maritime smoke buoy, which is used for visual marking,” it said in a statement, adding that “the object does not pose a safety risk.”

Danish vocabulary: at bjærge — to salvage

Suspect in Field’s shooting charged with murder

A man suspected of killing three people in the Field’s shopping mall in Copenhagen last July has been charged with murder and attempted murder, the prosecution service said on Wednesday.

“The 23-year-old man is accused of killing three people, a 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 46-year-old man”, it said in a statement.

The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, has also been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder.

Arrested outside Field’s just after the July 3rd shooting, the man, who has a history of mental health illness, has been detained in a closed psychiatric ward.

Investigators believe the attack was planned, Danish media have reported.

Danish vocabulary: anklagemyndighed — public prosecutor

Justice ministry considers ban on biker gang

The Ministry of Justice is weighing its options over a potential ban on the biker gang Satudarah, broadcaster DR reports.

The biker group is linked with organised crime and is a rival to other groups including Hells Angels and Bandidos.

“They constitute a serious danger and serious threat to society and to Danes. We will therefore use all imaginable resources we can within the rules of the constitution,” Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard told DR.

Denmark’s constitution protects the right to public gathering, but the country’s laws allow the police to order criminal groups to be dissolved. The law was used against the Loyal to Familia gang in Copenhagen in 2021.

The municipality in West Jutland city Esbjerg this week used a different law to ban Satudarah from using a specified address in the town as a clubhouse.

Danish vocabulary: rockere — biker gang members

Copenhagen Zoo hopes to ignite panda romance

Copenhagen Zoo has begun a new strategy to encourage mating — giving the prospective couple more time to get to know each other.

The Danish capital’s zoo decided to put the bears in the same enclosure a month earlier than usual so they can get acquainted while temperatures remain cooler, so they don’t bicker when the mating season begins.

“This year’s panda date is under way,” the zoo wrote on its website.

The zoo also published images showing the pandas keeping a respectful distance and mostly glaring at each other, showing “there’s not exactly love in the air (yet).”

On loan from China for 15 years, Mao Sun and Xing Er arrived in Copenhagen in spring 2019 and since then all attempts to breed have been unsuccessful.

“We are trying an approach that has been successful with our polar bears and brown bears, we are putting them together now, even though Mao Sun will not be ready for several weeks,” veterinarian Mads Frost Bertelsen said in a statement reported by AFP.

Danish vocabulary: at parre sig — to mate