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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

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

Parts of Denmark are covered in fog this morning. resulting in scenes not dissimilar to the one in this photo from September.
Parts of Denmark are covered in fog this morning. resulting in scenes not dissimilar to the one in this photo from September. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Over 400,000 foreigners can vote in local elections

Over 400,000 foreign citizens who live in Denmark – 414,419 to be exact – are eligible to vote in municipal and regional elections on November 16th, according to figures from the interior ministry.

Of the 414,419 international residents who can vote, 221,331 are from EU or Nordic countries. As such, 193,088 non-EU and Nordic residents are also eligible to vote.

This means foreign residents account for around 1 in 11 eligible voters.

More on this story here.

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

Nurses continue industrial action

Danish nurses this morning continue their ongoing protests against a government-enforced collective bargaining agreement, in the form of wildcat strikes.

The strikes are not sanctioned by the nurses’ trade union, DSR, unlike larger strikes that took place during the summer, before the government enforced a collective bargaining agreement that had earlier been rejected in a DSR members’ vote.

Today’s strike at Odense University Hospital involves nurses walking out for one hour before resuming their duties. A labour court has earlier ruled nurses can be docked wages for the unsanctioned strikes.


Denmark to stop financing fossil fuel energy

The Danish state will from the beginning of 2022 end all financial support for projects and activities that boost fossil fuels in energy sectors abroad, the climate and energy ministry announced in a statement this morning.

This means that no Danish state funding will be used to support the use of fossil fuels abroad, including through funding to support exports.

“We must push the world in a green direction, not a black one,” climate minister Dan Jørgensen said in the statement, referring to the use of the term sort energi (black energy) in Danish to describe fossil fuel energy.

Nato general secretary in Denmark

The general secretary of Nato, former Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, arrives in Denmark on an official visit today and will meet with Queen Margrethe at the royal residence Amalienborg in Copenhagen.

Stoltenberg will also meet with the defence secretary, Trine Bramsen, and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Kastellet, the military barracks in Copenhagen. He will then participate in a press briefing with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A Danish school evacuated due to a sickening smell, Nigeria prosecuting Danish soldiers in piracy case, and a ringing endorsement for fourth Covid-19 jabs are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Unpleasant smell’ that sickened children at Danish school is unexplained 

 An Aarhus-area school was evacuated on Thursday after a mysterious smell appeared to be related to new headaches, coughs, and runny noses in students and teachers, newswire Ritzau reports. 

Suspecting some kind of chemical spill, school management reached out to emergency services — but police, the fire brigade and emergency medical responders were unable to identify the cause, according to a tweet by the East Jutland Police. 

However, authorities were able to rule out a chemical spill, police tell broadcaster TV2, and the investigation is ongoing. 

ICYMI: Recent Covid-19 booster jab offers good protection, Danish agency says 

People who received the most recent round of Covid-19 boosters are at significantly lower risk for hospitalisation, according to a recent analysis by the State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency. 

Having a second booster (for most, that would be your fourth dose) provides “around 75 percent better” protection against hospital admission than just three doses, writes Bolette Søborg, senior medical consultant at the SSI, on the agency’s website. 

READ ALSO: Can you get a second Covid-19 booster in Denmark if you are not in a risk group? 

Nigeria to prosecute Danish soldiers involved in piracy case 

This week, Copenhagen District Court began to hear the case against a Nigerian man authorities say is a pirate who participated in an attack on a Danish vessel off the coast of Nigeria in November 2021. 

But now, Nigeria has announced its intention to prosecute the Danish soldiers involved in the same incident, in which four Nigerian nationals were killed. 

“We demand that Denmark release the remaining Nigerian in Danish custody. We demand an apology from Denmark to Nigeria for the behavior of the frigate,” says Nicholas Ella, director of the legal department in Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign affairs, according to newspaper Weekendavisen.  

Ella describes the firefight as the “direct murder of people on the boat,” Weekendavisen reports.