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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.

Election placards in Copenhagen. Police say vandalism of the posters is a recurring problem during election cycles.
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New parental leave rules finalised 

A cross-aisle majority of parties in the Danish parliament last night agreed on a reform to current parental leave rules, providing for 11 weeks tagged or “earmarked” leave for each parent.

The reform has been in the making for a while, with trade unions and employer organisations having agreed to it in September.

Under the new rules, each parent is granted 24 weeks each of leave following the birth of a child, with a total of 11 weeks “earmarked” for each parent, meaning they can’t transfer those weeks from one another. This is a significant change from the existing system.

You can read all the details in this article.

Health minister says Covid-19 restrictions could return unless vaccination coverage improves

After a notable upswing in daily Covid-19 infection numbers over the last week, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said that more people must be vaccinated if Denmark is to avoid a return to some form of restrictions to contain the virus this winter.

Just over 75 percent of the population is currently fully vaccinated, and booster vaccination is also underway for some groups.

“A huge appeal from me: If we are to keep Denmark open, we must get more people to get the vaccine,” Heunicke said.

More on this story here.

295 million to be spent on local green renovations

A fund of 295 kroner is to be created for municipalities to apply for subsidies for green renovations of local infrastructures or building such as schools, libraries, or town halls.

Local authorities will be able apply to the fund for money in support of projects that improve energy efficiency in public buildings. Up to 30 percent of the costs of approved projects can be paid for by the funding. In addition to green renovations, digitisation can also be subsidised under the scheme.

The new funding was announced by the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities in a press statement this morning.

Election placards targeted by vandals

Posters boosting candidates for local elections are now on display in the public space all over the country. The placards are regularly drawn on, pulled down and stolen, police say.

“Vandalism of election placards is unfortunately something we see during most election campaigns. This type of thing is completely unacceptable and we investigate these incidents as vandalism based on criminal law,” senior officer Peter Dahl with Copenhagen Police told broadcaster DR.

Stolen placards have been reported in many parts of the country, DR writes.

READ ALSO: How to vote by post as a foreign resident in Denmark’s local elections

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

A new Nord Stream leak, a protest against Qatar on the national team’s World Cup kit, and other news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Fourth leak detected at Nord Stream pipelines in Baltic Sea

A fourth leak has been detected in undersea pipelines running from Russia to Europe, the Swedish Coast Guard said this morning, after explosions were reported earlier this week in suspected sabotage.

“There are two leaks on the Swedish side and two leaks on the Danish side,” a Swedish Coast Guard official said. Media reported that the latest leak was detected at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the coast guard did not confirm this.

The official added that the two leaks on the Swedish side are “close to each other”.

We’ll have a full report on this on our website this morning.

READ ALSO: Who is behind the Nord Stream Baltic pipeline attack?

More than half of Nord Stream gas has escaped from pipes

Danish officials said yesterday – prior to the discovery of a fourth leak – that more than half of the gas in the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea had leaked into the atmosphere after they were damaged.

“A clear majority of the gas has already come out of the pipes,” head of the Danish Energy Agency, Kristoffer Böttzauw, told a press conference.

“We expect the rest to escape by Sunday,” he added.

Defence Minister Morten Bødskov said Wednesday morning that, due to pressure of the gas leaking out, it would take “one or two weeks” before inspections of the damaged structures could begin.

Hummel tones down logo on Denmark’s Qatar World Cup kit

Denmark will wear a “toned down” kit at this year’s World Cup in protest at Qatar’s human rights record, sportswear maker Hummel said Wednesday, setting off a furious response from the Gulf state.

Qatar’s organising committee accused Hummel of “trivialising” the country’s efforts to improve conditions for migrant workers and called on the Danish federation to intervene.

The logo of the Danish sportswear brand and the Danish national badge are both barely visible on the shirts designed for the World Cup that starts on November 20th.

Several competing nations and rights groups have criticised Qatar’s rights record and FIFA for allowing the event to be held in the conservative Muslim state where homosexuality is illegal.

“We support the Danish national team all the way, but that isn’t the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation,” Hummel said in a social media post.

Age charity wants foreign education programmes to bring in workers

Age concern charity DanAge (Ældre Sagen) wants Danish social care education programmes to be opened in foreign countries to address the chronic labour shortage suffered by the sector.

Danish welfare courses that take place abroad are a potential solution to the problem, the CEO of Ældre Sagen, Bjarne Hastrup, told newspaper Berlingske. Germany, Spain, India and the Phillippines are potential locations according to the charity.

“And my question to politicians would be: ‘If you’re not going to do this, what are you going to do?’,” he said.

The charity is scheduled to host a debate between the political party leaders, which will be televised by broadcaster DR this morning.

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