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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

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

A file photo of a tulip plant in spring.
A file photo of a tulip plant in spring. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Prices increase at highest rate for 37 years 

New data demonstrating the rate at which living costs are escalating in Denmark has been released by Statistics Denmark.

Consumer prices have increased by 5.4 percent over the last year, the agency said in a new report. That is the biggest annual increase since 1985.

Electricity, fuel, food and gas are the product groups mainly responsible for the huge inflation in prices.

Decision over withdrawal of woman’s citizenship

The Østre Landsret high court will today pass a decision in a case relating to a 32-year-old woman who travelled to Syria as a sympathiser of terror group Isis.

The woman has sued the Danish state after her citizenship was revoked, hoping to get it reinstated. The case is the first of its kind in Denmark, and broadcaster DR has reported that the woman’s two children are suffering from malnutrition and disease in the al-Roj prison camp in Kurdish-controlled Syria. They cannot be evacuated to Denmark because of Danish rules relating to the current citizenship status of their mother.

Denmark earlier evacuated three women and their children – 14 in total – from the Syrian prison camps for Isis fighters and sympathisers. The evacuated women all have citizenship status.

Weather: Dry and mild start to week

After a wet, windy and sometimes snowy first ten days of April, milder weather is now expected with dry and sunny conditions forecast today.

Southern parts of Jutland will likely see some cloud but it will be bright in most other parts of the country.

Temperatures, around 0 degrees Celsius first thing this morning, could reach 7-10 degrees during the day. A moderate westerly and southwesterly wind should also ease off as the day progresses.

Covid-19: 1,722 new cases on Sunday

Official data shows that 1,722 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Sunday.

The positive cases were found among 11,575 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of just under 15 percent, similar to the proportion of positive tests seen in general this month. Testing levels are now a fraction of those seen earlier in the pandemic. Daily case numbers peaked in February when up to 55,000 new cases were registered on a number of days.

876 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark. This total is on a downward trend, having reached over 1,500 in early March.

A large proportion of the patients are not receiving treatment for the coronavirus and are in hospital for other reasons.

18 people with Covid-19 are currently in ICU care and 8 are receiving ventilator treatment.

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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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