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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

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

Meat producer Danish Crown's decision to introduce plant-based products does not appear to be good news for pigs.
Meat producer Danish Crown's decision to introduce plant-based products does not appear to be good news for pigs. File photo: Keld Navntoft/Ritzau Scanpix

Health ministry wants to reduce coronapas validity period 

The Health Ministry wants to shorten the period for which vaccination and previous infection provide a valid coronapas, Denmark’s Covid-19 health pass.

The proposed tightening of the rules was recommended by Danish Health Authority and the government has asked its independent advisory board for management of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Epidemic Commission, to address the question, broadcaster DR reports.

A valid coronapas is currently required at bars, restaurants, cafes and several other customer-facing businesses in the service sector.

We’ll have more detail on this story in an article today.

Messerschmidt has ‘massive support’ in DF leadership bid

Morten Messerschmidt, the deputy leader of the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DF), says he has “massive support” in his bid to become the party’s new leader, he told DR.

Messerschmidt, who faces a retrial on charges of fraudulent use of EU funds, appears to be the favourite to become the party’s new front figure. Three other candidates from the party have put their names forward.

The party is to vote for a new leader at a congress on January 23rd after incumbent Kristian Thulesen Dahl announced he would step back following a poor performance in November’s local elections. The deadline for announcing candidacies is tomorrow.

Norway cancels Danish handball match over Covid concerns

Norway and Denmark were set to face off today in a warm-up match ahead of the men’s European Championships in handball.

But the Norwegians have pulled out of the match due to concerns over Covid-19 infection, the Danish handball federation DHF said. One of the Danish players tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week.

A second friendly match between the Nordic neighbours is still scheduled to go ahead on Saturday.

Danish meat giant sends plant-based products onto market

Danish Crown, Europe’s biggest producer of pork and Denmark’s largest beef processor, has released a new range of plant-based, vegetarian products, DR writes.

The new products are to compete for market share with traditional meat – the company’s primary source of revenue.

“Of course we are a butcher’s, but we are also a food producer, so when consumer demands change, we change with them. If there’s a market opportunity, we’ll be there too,” CEO Jais Valeur said.

The introduction of the new products will not reduce the amount of meat produced by the company, according to the report.

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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.