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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

An incoming green tax reform, military build up in Køge and more sunny spring weather are among the main news stories from Denmark on Wednesday.

Køge Harbour
Køge Harbour photographed on March 1st. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Tax reform to be presented 

The government is today set to present its proposed green tax reform. The reform is expected to include a new CO2 tax which the government says will reduce Danish greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 million tonnes.

Danish climate targets state that the country must reduce emissions by 20 million tonnes by 2030. Plans already in place could see around half of that target achieved, meaning additional measures are still needed.

The tax, climate and business ministers are all slated to take part in a press briefing today to present the tax reform.

Military moves in at Køge Harbour

The harbour at the town of Køge south of Copenhagen will see a large military area established today as Denmark prepares to send a battalion of 800 soldiers to Lithuania, broadcaster DR writes. The battalion will be sent under the auspices of Nato.

READ ALSO: Denmark to send 800 Nato troops to Latvia

Parliament must formally approve the decision to send troops, with a vote scheduled for tomorrow. The military is meanwhile preparing for the mission by moving hardware to Køge over the next week, according to DR.

Neither the army nor Køge Havn has officially commented on the military harbour, which DR reports will be in place until April 27th.

Government unveils energy plan to be ‘free from Putin’

The government presented yesterday a roadmap to end its dependence on Russian gas by boosting renewable energy, biogas and its own gas production to become “free” from President Vladimir Putin.

While the European Union has so far refused to ban Russian oil and gas over the Ukraine war, the 27-nation bloc aims to cut its gas imports from the country by the end of the year.

Individual member countries have also unveiled plans to cut their use of Russian fossil fuels.

The plan presented by the Danish government includes moving half of the 400,000 households that are heated with gas to district heating networks or electric heat pumps by 2028.

READ ALSO: Denmark announces major plan to replace gas heating in homes

Weather: Dry and sunny on Wednesday

Another pleasant spring day is on the way today. All of Denmark will be dry with just a few localised clouds, mainly in West Jutland.

Temperatures will be a mild 16-18 degrees Celsius but easterly winds will make things feel somewhat cooler on eastern coasts.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A new military hub for Nato on Danish shores, an expat 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 expat 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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