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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.

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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 Monday

Three million Danes 'underdosed' with original Covid vaccine, the energy company shutting down its phone lines, and a Dane at the US January 6th hearings are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Three million Danes ‘underdosed’ with Covid vaccine 

An investigation by broadcaster DR has revealed that three million people vaccinated for Covid-19 in Denmark between May 2021 and May 2022 didn’t receive a full dose. 

Despite repeated warnings by the State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency, the Danish Health Authority instructed vaccination sites to draw an extra dose from vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. That means people received ten percent less than the dose approved by the European Medicines Agency, according to an experiment by the Danish Technological Institute. 

Studies as to whether people who received an underdose were more likely to catch Covid-19 or suffer serious outcomes are ongoing. 

READ MORE: Covid-19: Danish authorities ‘not concerned’ after new subvariant detected

Danish energy provider, overwhelmed by calls, closes phone lines 

If you’ve been struggling to get through to Andel Energi with a question about your bill, you’re in good company — under a deluge of calls, the company has taken to closing its phone lines when the queue becomes too long. 

“We’re geared up to answer 4,500 customers a day, but at the moment we’re getting over 2,000 calls an hour,” Rasmus Avnskjold, Andel Energi’s press officer, tells newswire Ritzau. 

The phone lines open as normal every morning, Avnskjold explains. Most callers are given the opportunity to request a ‘callback’ when a representative is available so they don’t spend hours on hold, and when that queue stretches past what Andel Energi figures they can handle in a day the line is closed. Customers are asked to call back the following day. 

The deluge of calls is due in no small part to the winter aid package passed by Parliament — it’s up to companies to administer the ‘price freeze’ scheme mandated by the government, which will allow customers to pay excess bills back over the next several years. 

READ MORE: How much will electricity tax cut save bill payers in Denmark? 

Danish documentarian will be questioned by US January 6th Committee

Denmark will have a brief cameo in the United States’ investigation of the storming of Congress on January 6th, 2021. 

Christoffer Guldbrandsen, a Danish journalist and documentarian, will share video and testify as to what happened at the Willard Hotel in D.C., where top Trump advisors gathered in the days before the attack. Guldbrandsen has followed Roger Stone, the longtime conservative political consultant and Trump advisor who was convicted of obstruction of justice in the Mueller probe, for two years. 

Guldbrandsen is set to appear before the Committee on Wednesday. 

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