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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

A plan to end use of Russian gas, unrest caused by a far right extremist in Sweden and huge profits for Lego are among the main news stories from Denmark on Tuesday.

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The Danish government presents a new energy reform plan. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark presents reform including plan to end use of Russian gas

A new economic reform plan to be presented by the government today will set out a roadmap for Denmark to phase out its use of Russian gas.

“The proposal will address issues including how Denmark can accelerate conversion to green energy and become more quickly independent of Russian gas,” the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed in a statement on last week.

One element is a plan to convert 400,000 individually gas heated homes to an alternative

The proposal will contain an additional four parts as well as the plan related to gas heating.

READ ALSO: Denmark to present plan that could end use of Russian gas

Danish anti-Islam extremist pauses activities in Sweden after provoking unrest

Several days of unrest in Sweden, sparked by a far-right group’s burning of the Quran, have injured at least 40 people, police said yesterday, calling for more resources to deal with the violence.

Protests have turned violent in several Swedish cities since Thursday, leaving 26 police officers and 14 civilians injured, police said at a press conference on Monday. About 20 police vehicles were burned or damaged. 

Officials in several Muslim countries have condemned the move that sparked the protests: the burning of the holy book by the leader of the anti-immigration and anti-Islam group Stram Kurs (Hard Line), the Danish politician Rasmus Paludan who also holds a Swedish passport. Swedish police say they are monitoring both the Paludan demonstrations and vandals linked to local organised crime gangs, according to broadcaster DR.

Aiming to drum up support ahead of September elections in Sweden, Paludan has declared a “tour” of Sweden, planning to visit cities and towns with large Muslim populations with the intent of burning copies of the Quran as the faithful mark the holy month of Ramadan.

Paludan intends to stand in the September poll but does not yet have the necessary signatures to secure his candidacy.

News wire Ritzau reported on Monday that Paludan has confirmed a week’s break from his Quran burnings, which he calls “election meetings”, saying that Swedish police were incapable of protecting him from angry protestors.

READ ALSO: Danish far-right extremist demonstrations cause riots in Sweden

Lego owners post four-fold increase on profit in 2021

The Kirkbi company, which owns the Lego corporation, registered profits of 27 million kroner in 2021, quadrupling the fortune they registered a year prior, Ritzau reports.

Kirkbi is headed by Lego owners Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and his three children, Sofie Kirk Kristiansen, Thomas Kirk Kristiansen and Agnete Kirk Thinggaard.

Lego earlier posted results showing a huge sales increase for last year, giving the company a pre-tax profit of 17 billion kroner.

Weather: Easter holiday weather to continue this week

The sunshine and mild spring temperatures which most of Denmark was able to enjoy during the latter part of the Easter holiday is forecast to continue into this week.

Dry weather is predicted for Tuesday as well as the possibility of the highest temperature so far this year.

Most of Jutland will see around 17-18 degrees Celsius this afternoon although regional variations should be expected.

East-facing coasts will feel colder due to the combination of a mild easterly wind and still-cold sea temperature.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement