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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

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

Black Friday in Denmark in 2017. This year's edition could see electronic goods in short supply.
Black Friday in Denmark in 2017. This year's edition could see electronic goods in short supply. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Face mask rules apply from Monday 

If you are out Christmas shopping or getting in groceries in Denmark from Monday, it will have to be with a face mask on after parliament last night rubber stamped the government’s plan to bring back rules requiring the protective garment.

In addition to retail settings, masks will also be required on public transport and in the health and care sector. Coronapas rules are also set to be broadened, and the interval for a valid coronapas with a negative Covid-19 test reduced.

We have more detail on the new rules in this article, which was written before the measures were approved by the parliamentary epidemic committee.

Supply problems could impact Black Friday

Black Friday today means heavy discounts can be found across the retail sector, both online and in stores. Denmark is no different.

But not all products will be easy to get hold of, broadcaster DR reports.

A search of 359 product categories conducted by comparison site Pricerunner found low stocks for one in four.

Electronic products are a particularly affected category due to a global microchip shortage.

Refugee board overturns decision to send home Syrians

The Danish refugee appeals board (Flygningenævnet) has overturned the immigration authority Udlændingestyrelsen’s decision to repatriate Syrian refugees from Damascus in 43 percent of cases, newspaper Jyllands-Posten reports.

Since summer 2020, the immigration board has revoked the residence permits of 186 Syrian refugees, but the appeals board has overturned 80 of these decisions, according to the report.

We’ll have more on this in an article on our website today.

New advertising laws tighten grip on Danish influencers

A new marketing law passed yesterday by parliament will make restrict the way influencers in Denmark promote products.

The law, which takes effect on January 1st, bans influencers from advertising products considered unsuitable for young adults and children under 18 years of age.

However, the law will only apply if the promotion targets the under-18 age group or if the influencer has many influencers in the demographic, DR writes.

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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums. 

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