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Denmark to rent 300 prison cells from Kosovo

Denmark plans to rent from Kosovo prison cells for 300 inmates due to be expelled at the end of their sentences, the Danish government said Wednesday.

Denmark's Herstedvester Prison. The Nordic country is to rent 300 prison cells in Kosovo, citing overcrowding.
Denmark's Herstedvester Prison. The Nordic country is to rent 300 prison cells in Kosovo, citing overcrowding. File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The project, which seeks to ease prison overcrowding, will also see Denmark’s prison estate expanded by 326 places between 2022 and 2025, the Danish justice ministry said in a statement.

In 2020, some 350 inmates were due to be deported at the end of their sentences. 

Denmark’s prison population has grown 19 percent since 2015, reaching more than 4,000 inmates at the start of 2021, exceeding 100 percent of capacity according to official statistics.

In the same period the number of wardens shrank 18 percent in the Scandinavian nation of 5.8 million people which is known for its open prisons for inmates with sentences of less than five years.

“We will be short of up to 1,000 places in the prison estate by 2025,” Justice Minister Nick Hækkerup said in the statement.

“With the agreement, it is agreed to rent 300 prison places in Kosovo and expand the prison capacity in Denmark by several hundred places,” the statement added.

Kosovo had 1,642 prisoners as of 2020, 97 percent of capacity, according to the University of London’s World Prison Brief.

Previously Norway and Belgium have rented prison cells in the Netherlands.

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Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

Almost all of 7-Eleven’s 176 Denmark locations are back up and running with the help of a backup system, the company said on Thursday. 

Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

In an email to news wire Ritzau, 7-eleven said that over 96 percent of its convenience stores across Denmark were now in “stable operation”. That corresponds to around 169 stores.

“We have technicians at the remaining stores who are working hard to get them up and running as soon as possible,” the company said in the email.

However, convenience stores at train stations (where you can buy a transport card) were only accepting Dankort (debit card) payments as of Wednesday evening.

All operational stores outside of train stations currently accept Mobile Pay (app) and cash payments, and many can take Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort. 

“We expect that all stores outside of train stations can accept all Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort during the course of tomorrow morning, and all stores at train stations [will be able to] during the course of the week,” the company wrote late on Wednesday.

The convenience store chain was on Monday hit by a cyber attack that forced all of its 176 stores in Denmark to close.

7-Eleven has confirmed that the outage was due to a ransomware attack — hackers demanded money to return access to the company’s data and systems. 

The attack has been reported to police.

The company’s CEO, Jesper Østergaard, told Ritzau he did not know the extent of losses suffered by 7-Eleven as a result of the incident.

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