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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

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

Autumnal Danish forest colours photographed by a drone over Zealand on October 22nd.
Autumnal Danish forest colours photographed by a drone over Zealand on October 22nd. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Local measures possible in west Copenhagen suburb with high Covid-19 incidence 

The number of Covid-19 infections in west Copenhagen municipality Ishøj has reached a level at which local restrictions may be implemented, potentially affecting schools and childcare, news wire Ritzau reports.

A total of 136 new infections were registered in Ishøj over the last week.

That gives an incidence of 590 per 100,000 residents, significantly higher than the current national incidence of 138 per 100,000 residents.

Ishøj mayor Ole Bjørstop told Ritzau that local authorities would discuss possible measures with the Danish Patient Safety Authority in an effort to bring the numbers down.

“This is a new situation and it’s a serious situation. Infections are particularly amongst children and young people up to the ages of 20-30. Particularly those who have rejected vaccination,” Bjørstop told Ritzau.

Climate researchers to ‘teach in’ outside ministry

Danish and Swedish scientists are this morning gathered in front of the climate ministry for a “teach in” in which they will present climate research on the ministry steps while blocking the street.

The aim of the happening is to bring attention to what is seen by the researchers as a failure by government to listen to climate science.

“When politicians don’t listen to the research we have to take to the streets, shout even louder and put pressure on them to listen,” Laura Horn, a political economics professor at Roskilde University and on of the organisers of the demonstration, told broadcaster DR.

The demonstration is organised by the Scientist Rebellion group, which is associated with the larger Extinction Rebellion movement.

Nitric acid spillage at Novo Nordisk factory

Police in North Zealand report a large spillage of nitric acid at Novo Nordisk’s plant in Hillerød this morning.

In a tweet, police said that bicycle lanes and roads around the building, at Brennum Park, would be closed while work to clean up the spill was ongoing. The spill is “only inside the building and not a danger for people outside”, police wrote.

No-one was injured as a result of the spillage.

Mixed autumn weather to start the week

The new week has begun with clear skies in most of Denmark, but western and northern parts of Jutland will begin to see some clouds as the morning progresses.

Rainy spells are likely to take over from the fairer weather across the country later today.

Temperatures will still feel mild at around 10 degrees Celsius with a mild southerly wind.

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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”)