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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

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

Kosovo agreed with Denmark on Monday to rent the Scandinavian country 300 jail cells for an annual fee of 15 million euros.
Kosovo agreed with Denmark on Monday to rent the Scandinavian country 300 jail cells for an annual fee of 15 million euros. Photo: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA/Ritzau Scanpix

Convicted ex-minister faces expulsion by parliament

Former immigration minister Inger Støjberg today faces a vote that is likely to expel her from parliament, after she was convicted of violating migrants’ rights by separating asylum-seeking couples.

Støjberg was hit with a 60-day jail term last week for flouting her responsibilities as a minister following a trial in a rarely used court that oversees the conduct of ministers.

Her order to separate asylum-seeking couples when the woman was under 18 with no individual examination of the cases was found to have violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

The 48-year-old self-styled champion of “Danish values”, a hugely popular politician who served as minister from 2015 to 2019, is expected to attend debates in parliament on Tuesday that are likely to lead to her exclusion.

READ ALSO: OPINION: Why reaction to Støjberg verdict is important for democracy in Denmark

Denmark and Kosovo ink $17 million deal to rent 300 prison cells

Kosovo agreed with Denmark on Monday to rent the Scandinavian country 300 jail cells for an annual fee of 15 million euros to ease overcrowding in the Danish prison system, news wire AFP reports.

The agreement, which saw the two countries sign a declaration of intent Monday, will run for an initial period of five years, a joint statement said.

Last week, Copenhagen indicated that the prisoners sent to Kosovo will be foreigners subject to deportation after serving their sentences. 

Since 2015, the prison population in Denmark jumped nearly 20 percent and the number of prison guards dropped by the same proportion, causing issues with overcrowding.

READ ALSO: Denmark to rent 300 prison cells from Kosovo

Dane charged with defending terror attacks in France

A Dane with dual nationality was yesterday charged with threatening to carry out attacks, inciting acts of terror and defending deadly attacks in France last year, prosecutors said according to AFP.

The 46-year-old man’s posts on Twitter included a defence of two attacks in France in October 2020, said a statement from the prosecutor’s office.

The man faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his Danish nationality if convicted for his comments. The prosecutors did not specify the other nationality he holds.

Employment figures continue to climb

The number of people on the jobs market in Denmark increased in October for the ninth consecutive month.

A further 12,000 people were hired meaning the overall employment figure ticked upwards to 2,895,000. The data were published by Statistics Denmark.

Although the trend has been described as “impressive” analysts have also raised concerns about its potential to limit economic growth.

We’ll have more detail in a report on our website today.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Ukrainian refugees searching for jobs, a Danish film topping Netflix charts, and salmonella in chocolate are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Check your chocolate — salmonella outbreak sickens three in Denmark 

Over 3,000,000 kilograms of Kinder chocolate has been yanked from shelves after suspected contamination in a Belgian chocolate factory. 

Three people in Denmark — one adult and two children — have contracted salmonella after eating Kinder chocolate, according to newswire Ritzau.

Few Ukrainian refugees find employment 

According to new data from the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment, only 203 Ukrainian refugees have been able to find jobs in Denmark. That’s far outweighed by the 4,800 Ukrainian refugees registered as unemployed on Jobnet, a website run by the agency. 

The number of working refugees likely to be an undercount since those who have found jobs but have yet to receive their residence permit weren’t included in the tally, according to Ritzau and newspaper Berlingske. 

To date, 27,365 Ukrainians have applied for residence permits in Denmark, the majority of whom are women and children, the Danish Immigration Service says. More than 18,700 have already received them. 

READ ALSO: Ukrainian refugees can work in Denmark before receiving residence permit

Denmark donates unused Covid jabs to Thailand 

Denmark will donate more than 1.2 million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccination to Thailand. The first shipment was delivered yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release, while the remainder will arrive in the next two weeks. 

According to Reuters, Thailand has already vaccinated a high percentage of its population — the government has administered more than 136 million doses in a country of just under 70 million, enough to vaccinate 97.8 percent assuming a two-dose vaccination course. 

Danish minister of health Magnus Heunicke says that once the shipments to Thailand are complete, Denmark will have donated 10 million doses, with enough stockpiled at home should public health officials recommend fourth doses for Danes. 

READ ALSO: What is meant by the ‘phasing out’ of Denmark’s Covid-19 vaccination program? 

Danish film tops Netflix charts 

Danish movie “Toscana” was this week’s most streamed non-English language film on Netflix, with users worldwide logging 14.8 million hours watching it. 

The romantic comedy follows a chef, played by Anders Matthesen, as he goes to Italy to sell a restaurant he inherited from his father. If the reviews are any indication, the food featured in the movie is as much the star as Matthesen.