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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.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday
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400,000 people took out extra insurance in case of unemployment 

Over 400,000 people in Denmark have taken out an extra insurance to cover costs if they lose their jobs, broadcaster DR reports this morning.

The extra insurance is intended to make up any difference in loss of earnings between the policy holder’s regular salary and the maximum 19,351 kroner per month pre-tax which is paid out through membership of an A-kasse, the membership-based unemployment insurance.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: Should I sign up with a Danish union and get unemployment insurance?

The number is up from 210,000 in 2016.

An expert said this evidences an increasing gap between many salaries and dagpenge, the monthly payment provided by A-kasse membership in case of being out of work.

Government to discuss delayed operations with health authorities

The Danish health service will have around 100,000 delayed operations by the end of February, the Ministry of Health said in a statement yesterday afternoon.

“It is necessary bring down waiting times of postponed operations in the health system and resolve delays,” the ministry said in a statement.

The finance and health ministries are to discuss with regional health authorities measures to return waiting times to pre-Covid-19 levels, the ministry said.

Iran slams Denmark and other European countries for ‘harbouring’ separatists

Iran yesterday slammed European countries for refusing to extradite leaders of separatist organisations after a Danish court last week convicted three members of one group of spying on the Islamic republic.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh also accused Saudi Arabia of funding the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA), to which the three convicted Iranians belonged and which Tehran designates a terrorist group, news wire AFP reports.

On Friday, a Danish court convicted the trio of spying on Iran on behalf of Saudi intelligence between 2012 and 2020.

Danish police had in 2018 foiled a plot — believed to be sponsored by Tehran — to assassinate one of the three men. Then Denmark’s counterintelligence forces investigated their activities.

Their sentencing is scheduled for March and they face up to 12 years in prison.

READ ALSO: Danish court convicts Iranian separatist group of spying for Saudi Arabia

Weather: Rainy start on Tuesday but pleasant day could follow

Most people will be waking up to a rainy morning in Denmark today, but the dreary February weather could brighten up later on.

Skies are forecast to clear from the north during the morning, with blue skies and temperatures as mild as 7-8 degrees are forecast in most of the country. A strong wind will settle by late afternoon.

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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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