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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.

The headquarters on Danish trade union 3F.
The headquarters on Danish trade union 3F. Photo: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

Conservative parties want more international labour in Denmark but want to exclude Muslim countries

Four conservative Danish parties – the Conservatives, Liberal Alliance, Liberals and Nye Borgerlige (New Right) will today present their proposal to ease Denmark’s labour shortage by recruiting workers from abroad.

The proposal includes a reduction of the beløbsgrænse (pay limit), a key element in restricting labour immigration under current rules by requiring employers pay a set (high) salary to staff from non-EU countries, for them to meet criteria for a work permit.

READ ALSO: Could Denmark ease key work permit rule for foreigners?

The parties want to reduce this limit but will not extend the accommodation to nationals of “Muslim countries in North Africa and the Middle East”, broadcaster DR writes.

The latter of the four parties, Nye Borgerlige, which is the furthest to the right and known for its hostility towards Muslims, demanded the clause in return for supporting the proposal, according to DR.

We’ll have further detail in a report today.

Government to present ‘plan of action’ against racism 

The government will today hold a briefing to present a “plan of action” against antisemitism, which was announced by the Ministry of Justice in a statement this morning.

The action plan will be formed in dialogue with community organisation the Jewish Community in Denmark (Det Jødiske Samfund), with the briefing to take place at the organisation’s offices in Copenhagen.

The justice ministry yesterday also announced a plan of action aimed at tackling racism in Denmark.

We’ll have more details on the government’s announcements in an article today.

Denmark found to be one of world’s least corrupt countries

The annual Transparency International index of global corruption was published this morning. Denmark was placed at the top of the list over the least corrupt countries in the world.

New Zealand and Finland share with Denmark the desirable position as the world’s least corrupt country.

In an additional feature to previous years, the 2022 index looks at which countries have become more – and less – corruption plagued over the last decade.

Union board to hold meeting after allegations against director

Trade union 3F has called 88 members of its board to a meeting following a report last weekend by newspaper BT that chairperson Per Christensen led a “double life” with different partners over a number of years, and misused his position to cover his tracks in some cases.

The agenda for the meeting is whether the union still has confidence in its chairperson, broadcaster DR reports.

Mali demands Denmark ‘immediately’ withdraw its forces

Mali’s military government on Monday called on Denmark to “immediately” withdraw its roughly 100 recently arrived contingent of special forces troops deployed in the troubled Sahel country, news wire AFP reports.

The junta, which came to power in a coup in August 2020, said in a statement on state TV and published on social media that “this deployment was undertaken without consent”.

The contingent of around 90 Danish soldiers arrived in Mali to join European special forces supporting the country’s anti-jihadist operations earlier this month, Denmark’s military said at the time.

The Danish foreign ministry said in a statement Monday that it was “working intensely to bring more clarity to the situation” and was “in contact with the Malian transitional government”.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Murder at a luxury Copenhagen hotel, changes to laws on Ukrainian refugees, and new Covid surveillance strategies are among the top news stories in Denmark this Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Danish government wants to make Ukrainian refugee “start date” more flexible 

As the law currently stands, Ukrainians who happened to have left their home country — perhaps for vacation or business — just before war broke out could have trouble gaining residence in Denmark. 

The Danish government have announced plans to change the ‘cut-off date’ for when people must have left Ukraine to be considered war refugees from February 24th to February 1st. 

Parliament will consider the amendment to the current “Ukrainian law,” which grants two years’ residence to refugees who meet certain stipulations, including when they fled the country. 

READ ALSO: Denmark plans ‘Ukraine towns’ to accommodate war refugees 

Without widespread testing, how will Denmark predict next Covid wave? 

With Denmark’s once-wide network of public Covid test sites nearly gone, the State Serum Institute — Denmark’s infectious disease agency — is piloting a new program that it hopes will detect upticks in infections.

Ten thousand blood donors and the members of their households will be randomly chosen to participate in the “PCR Home Test Study,” the SSI says. Those who agree to participate will receive test kits from the government and will be asked to self-test once a week for a month, registering each sample in TestCenter Denmark’s app and sending it to the SSI for processing. 

If a new wave is detected, the SSI will consider recommending boosters for groups at high risk, director Henrik Ullum told Danish newswire Ritzau. 

If the program is successful, it could be deployed to monitor other respiratory viruses, such as the flu, Ullum added. 

READ ALSO: Which Covid self-tests should you buy (and avoid) in Denmark? 

Danish man pleads guilty to bow and arrow attack in Norway 

Espen Andersen Brathen the 38-year-old Danish man accused of using a bow and arrow outside a supermarket and stabbing five to death with a knife in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg last October, pleaded guilty to all charges yesterday. 

Although the attack was initially thought to be an act of terrorism, three experts who observed him assessed that Brathen was experiencing paranoid schizophrenia, newswire Agence France-Presse reports. Both the prosecution and defense agree that a psychiatric commitment, rather than a prison sentence, is appropriate. 

Murder at luxury Copenhagen hotel 

The NH Collection on Strandgade — home to the “Feel Safe at NH” campaign during the Covid pandemic — was the site of what authorities describe as a brutal murder on Sunday.  

A 28-year-old man suffered head injuries in a room in the NH Collection, where rooms start at 3000 kroner a night, and died of his injuries Monday evening. Police have one man, a 20-year-old, in custody for the crime and are seeking a 24-year-old Dutch citizen as an alleged accomplice. 

Authorities also suspect the 20-year-old currently in custody in another crime three hours after the incident on Strandgade — a gruesome knife attack at an “apartment hotel” in Silkegade. According to charges read at a preliminary hearing in court yesterday, the second victim was stabbed repeatedly, his cheek was ripped open, and an ear was cut off. 

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