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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

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

Aarhus Harbour on February 3rd.
Aarhus Harbour on February 3rd. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Transport minister steps down over CO2 report controversy

The minister for transport Benny Engelbrecht yesterday resigned after meeting parliamentary counterparts over figures relating to CO2 emissions in a government infrastructure plan.

Engelbrecht came under fire over accusations his ministry withheld crucial information relating to the climate impact of major road projects in an agreement that was voted through with the help of other parties in 2021. The issue was first reported by media Ingeniøren.

The minister’s resignation came after the left wing Red Green Alliance party (Enhedslisten) said it no longer had confidence in Engelbrecht.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is expected to announce how Engelbrecht will be replaced – either via a successor or a ministerial reshuffle – later today.

Spy chief’s arrest could be extended

The head of Denmark’s military intelligence, who has been in prison since December accused of leaking confidential documents to the media, will find out today whether he will be released.

The head of intelligence service FE (Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste), Lars Findsen, has pleaded not guilty according to earlier reports. Copenhagen City Court will decide whether his arrest will continue. That is likely to depend on whether he is considered to be at risk of prejudicing the investigation should he be released, broadcaster DR reports.

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

Copenhagen Municipality fires mobile food supplier

The city of Copenhagen has ripped up a longstanding contract with the Intervare company, which has delivered food and other goods to elderly and vulnerable people at their homes for a number of years.

The decision was made in light of accusations of social dumping and poor working conditions at the company, which also owns the online supermarket Nemlig.com.

“Unfortunately, Intervare has, despite several warnings, not corrected highly criticisable salary and working conditions. We can’t accept this and are therefore ending our partnership now,” mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen said.

Weather: Friday to be grey and wet

There is little chance of sun today anywhere in Denmark other than Baltic Sea island Bornholm. Heavy grey skies are to herald rain as the day wears on, forecasts predict.

Rain is expected in Jutland this morning with the afternoon drying up, while the east of the country will have wet weather during the second half of the day.

Temperatures will be 2-7 degrees Celsius with a moderate to strong westerly wind.

Cloudy and wet weather is also forecast on Saturday and Sunday.

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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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