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TODAY IN DENMARK

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.

Denmark's Queen Margrethe visits Thy last summer. The northwestern region has been picked out by The New York Times as a sustainable travel destination for 2022.
Denmark's Queen Margrethe visits Thy last summer. The northwestern region has been picked out by The New York Times as a sustainable travel destination for 2022. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Massive energy bills cause concerns for households

Energy prices – particularly oil, natural gas and electricity – are as warm as ever, broadcaster DR reports.

Many Danish households may have to calculate additional energy costs into their budgets, according to the report, with prices going up by as much as 1,000-1,500 kroner per month for some.

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

Military intelligence head held over leaks

The head of Denmark’s military intelligence has been in prison for a month accused of leaking confidential documents to the media, Danish press reported yesterday after a mainly closed-door court hearing.

Newspaper Politiken reported that Lars Findsen had pleaded not guilty, and the rest of the proceedings were held in private.

Findsen took over as head of the service in 2015 but he and two other senior military intelligence officials were suspended in 2020.

READ ALSO: Why suspension of intelligence chief is a shock in pragmatic Denmark

Jutland region gets international recognition for wind power and nature

The New York Times has picked northwest Jutland region Thy as one of its “52 Places for a Changed World” in 2022.

The list selects destinations where tourists can be part of climate solutions, the publication writes.

Placed at number 27, Thy is praised for renewable energy being “part of the attraction” while being described as possibly Denmark’s “final frontier”.

“Silent dunes, tangled forests and near-mythic gales make this region in northwest Jutland about as far away from Copenhagen as you can get,” the NYT writes.

Weather: Tuesday set to be grey and wet

Today’s weather forecast looks fairly similar wherever you are in Denmark: grey, wet and cold.

Overcast skies and temperatures between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius can be expected, with rain or sleet this afternoon. The only exception is Baltic Sea island Bornholm, where there will be some sun.

A light to moderate southwesterly wind is also forecast.

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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. 

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