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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 Clara Tauson in action at the 2021 US Open. The Danish player plays her first match at this year's Australian Open on Tuesday.
Denmark's Clara Tauson in action at the 2021 US Open. The Danish player plays her first match at this year's Australian Open on Tuesday. Photo: Sarah Stier / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Politicians to hold talks over high energy prices

The rocketing costs of energy are becoming an increasingly important talking point and political parties will begin negotiations on the issue today, broadcaster DR writes.

Both electricity and petrol have increased significantly in price making everyday living costs in Denmark notably higher.

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Minister for Climate and Energy Dan Jørgensen has invited representatives from other parties to initial talks about the high energy prices prior to negotiations over potential measures.

The government takes the issue “very seriously”, the minister told DR in a written statement, but no specific plan for a response has yet been outlined.

Prime minister touts easing of Covid restrictions due to falling number of ICU patients

Denmark yesterday registered a record number of new Covid-19 infections in a day. In spite of this, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the country could be in a position to consider easing the current restrictions. That is because the number of patients in intensive care because of disease caused by Covid is falling. The number of patients in hospital who have Covid (not just ICU patients) has also been stable in recent weeks.

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The number of infections and number of hospitalised patients are not as closely correlated as they “once were”, Frederiksen said in an interview with newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

“Of course we are at a place and in a situation where we must re-evaluate not only the current restrictions, of which there are not many remaining, but how we manage the situation in its entirety. That’s certainly what we’re doing in the government now,” she said.

Danish tennis star playing opening match at Australian Open

Denmark’s number one tennis player Clara Tauson is playing her first match at this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne as I write (and is level in the first set).

Tauson is playing against world number 97 Astra Sharma in the first round. The best male Danish player, Holger Rune, is already out of the tournament having lost on Monday.

Melbourne is the scene of the greatest moment in Danish tennis history, when Caroline Wozniacki became the only Dane to win a Grand Slam tournament in 2018.

Weather: Tuesday to be dry and sunny

After some stormy winds in the earlier hours, Monday’s weather was crisp with crystal clear sun and a long golden hour in the late afternoon.

The wind has now settled, with a light to moderate westerly wind forecast today. The sun will still be present, especially in Jutland, though Zealand can expect a cloudy afternoon.

Temperatures will range between 3 and 8 degrees Celsius according to forecasts. The western part of the country is also more likely to see the better end of the scale here.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A new military hub for Nato on Danish shores, a filmmaker representing Denmark at Cannes, and a slightly cooler weekend are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Military hub’ for US, Nato forces coming to Denmark 

The port city of Esbjerg, which also played host to this week’s green energy meetings, has been flagged as the site of a new mustering point for Nato and especially United States military forces, according to a press release from the Danish Ministry of Defense. 

The United States expressed interest in Esbjerg, on Jutland’s west coast, in particular as a jumping-off point to transport troops and technology to the Baltic Sea area. 

“The Port of Esbjerg has a good location and size, proximity to the airport, good connections to the railway and motorway network and is close to several large barracks,” the press release said. 

The Danish government plans to make a number of costly improvements to the port to better support the new military hub. Those are expected to be completed by the end of 2023, the release said. 

READ ALSO: Denmark prepared to send 800 troops to Baltic states

Iranian living in Copenhagen shines at Cannes Film Festival

Danish-Iranian Ali Abassi, 40, is making waves at the Cannes Film Festival with his new film “Holy Spider,” the “gritty story of a serial killer ‘cleansing’ the Iranian holy city of Mashhad,” newswire Agence France-Presse reports. 

Abassi grew up in Iran and immigrated to Scandinavia to study architecture in Stockholm at the age of 21, ultimately settling in Copenhagen after attending the National Film School of Denmark. 

In 2018, Abassi brought home the trophy for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section with “Border,” which AFP describes as an “eccentric troll-fantasy film about a border guard.” 

Cooler weather ahead 

After two balmy days, Denmark can expect a cooler and cloudier weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“The beautiful weather has almost disappeared like dew to the sun,” meteorologist Klaus Larsen told newswire Ritzau with a little poetic flair. 

We can look forward (or not) to a Saturday with minimal sunshine, “fresh” winds, occasional showers, and temperatures between 14-18 degrees. 

Sunday is your best chance for outdoor fun, Larsen says. “It will stay mostly dry with little or no sun and winds that will decrease and become light to steady during the day.” 

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