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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.

Danish justice minister Nick Hækkerup
Danish justice minister Nick Hækkerup at a parliamentary consultation on Thursday. Hækkerup has signalled new Danish legislation targeting gang crime. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

Conservative parties quit negotiations over heating bills help 

All of parliament’s right wing parties, with the exception of the minor Christian Democratic party, have quit negotiations with the government over a plan to offer help to people struggling with expensive heating bills, news wire Ritzau reports.

The development was confirmed by Liberal (Venstre) party energy spokesperson Carsten Kissmeyer in comments to Ritzau.

“We have left the negotiations because the amount that was proposed was too low. We wanted a model with a higher income threshold so normal families also get help,” Kissmeyer said.

READ ALSO: What do Denmark’s politicians want to do about high energy prices?

Justice minister signals new anti-gang legislation

Minister of Justice Nick Hækkerup has said the government will table a new bill aimed at tackling gang crime. The new legislative package will be the fourth of its kind.

“We will add to what we already have available in our fight against gangs,” Hækkerup tild newspaper Berlingske.

The new measures are likely to be presented in the spring. Their exact details are so far unclear.

Smash hit TV drama ‘Borgen’ returns after 10-year hiatus

“Borgen”, the hugely successful Danish political drama about a charismatic woman who becomes prime minister, returns for a fourth series on Danish TV this weekend ahead of its much-anticipated international debut on Netflix in the spring.

Ten years ago, the series took the world by storm and morphed into one of Scandinavia’s biggest television exports.

Viewers last saw former Danish prime minister Birgitte Nyborg after her brand-new political party scored a sensational win in elections. Ten years on, she is foreign minister in a government headed by a woman 10 years her junior.

Borgen season 4 premieres on national broadcaster DR this Sunday.

Winter holiday starts for schools

Today is the last school day before the half-term winter holiday in Denmark, so many kids and families are probably looking forward to their upcoming break.

Danish families who can afford to do so commonly spend the February break on skiing holidays in the Alps or Norway. As such, it’s worth bearing in mind that Covid-19 restrictions still apply in some destination countries.

You can find the latest information about national Covid-19 rules on our French, Austrian, Swiss, Italian and Norwegian editions, and our general guide to Covid rules in place at ski resorts across Europe is 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.”