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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.

Election placards in Roskilde. Local elections take place in Denmark in November.
Election placards in Roskilde. Local elections take place in Denmark in November. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Green car sales close to overtaking fossil fuels 

An increasing number of motorists in Denmark are choosing electric or hybrid vehicles when purchasing a new car, and the proportion of sustainable new vehicles leaving forecourts is closing in on that of petrol and diesel-driven cars.

In October, 5,409 electric and plug-in hybrid cars were sold, 43 percent of total sales, organisation De Danske Bilimportører said in a statement.

The 43 percent breaks down into 16 percent electric cars and 26 percent hybrids. That compares to 7 percent and 11 percent respectively in the same month last year for the respective types.

A shortage in global supply means fewer cars were sold overall, however.

Police required to attend all reports of rape, assault, and break-ins

Victims of violence and rape are from today guaranteed police offers will be dispatched to assist if they need acute help.

Police are also now required to attend addresses within 24 hours after reports of a break-in.

The new standards are included in a new “police guarantee” confirmed by the Ministry of Justice in a statement. The guarantee was included in the police funding bill voted through by parliament in December 2020.

10,000 rapid coronavirus tests given in Copenhagen during weekend

After the government on Friday announced it was reintroducing Covid-19 antigen or rapid testing facilities, over 10,000 people in the Greater Copenhagen region made use of the service over the weekend.

The positivity rate was around 2.5 percent, broadcaster DR writes.

Rapid testing first recommenced in four municipalities with high infection incidences – Ishøj, Glostrup, Albertslund and Brøndby – and will be available in the rest of the country this week.

The decision was made in response to increasing daily Covid-19 infection numbers in Denmark in late October.

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Mild start to November

The first day of November is forecast to offer near-shirt sleeve temperatures, with 10-13 degrees Celsius forecast. Wind will range from mild to strong and will be at its gustiest on the west coast.

Mostly dry weather is expected, with some showers over Zealand during the morning and Jutland this afternoon.

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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.