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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Additional locations for Ukrainians to submit residence applications, parties upset at postal voting in the upcoming EU defence opt-out referendum and criticism of the government's planned CO2 tax are among the main news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

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Pollensæsonen for pil strækker sig fra slutningen af marts frem til slutningen af maj, Randers tirsdag den 5. april 2022.

New locations open for Ukrainians to apply for Danish residence 

Ukrainians in Tønder, Esbjerg and Varde municipalities in South and West Jutland can today and tomorrow submit applications for residence locally.

An extra borgerservice (residents’ service) centre is to open in Esbjerg and will be able to accept applications from Ukrainians in the three local municipalities. The nearest location up to now was Odense.

Three members of staff from the Danish Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen) will be on location in Esbjerg to accept the applications.

READ ALSO: How Ukrainians can apply for residence and work permits in Denmark

Far right and far left parties criticise referendum postal voting

The left wing Red Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) and right wing Danish People’s Party, usually political opponents, are united in their EU scepticism and both want Danes to vote ‘no’ in an upcoming referendum which asks whether Denmark should scrap its EU defence opt-out.

READ ALSO: Why does Denmark have four EU ‘opt-outs’ and what do they mean?

Postal voting is already underway in the referendum, which takes place on June 1st. But the two parties have criticised the postal option because the final bill relating to the opt-out is yet to be tabled in parliament.

Some details of the bill – for example, relating to the guarantee of a new referendum in future should an EU army be formed following a Danish ‘yes’ vote – are yet to be finalised.

Expert says ‘not much climate’ in government’s CO2 tax

A new CO2 tax on companies presented yesterday by the government is unlikely to have a major impact on emissions, according to an expert from the University of Copenhagen.

“There’s not a lot of climate (relief) in this,” Lars Gårn Hansen, a professor in environmental economy who sits on the Danish Economic Councils, told news wire Ritzau.

The CO2 tax plan will see companies taxed according to the amount of carbon dioxide they emit. Some companies will pay less than others depending on their sector and an EU quota scheme.

READ ALSO: Denmark proposes uniform CO2 tax for most businesses

“Potentially, the (benefit) for Denmark will be that some CO2 emissions that occur in Denmark will just pop up in other countries,” Hansen said.

“Our [the economic council, ed.] assessment is that the climate benefit is limited and uncertain in the short term and non-existent in the long term,” he said.

Weather: More sun and clear skies on Thursday

The current sunny spring weather continues today with plenty of sun throughout the day, although some clouds could appear in the sky this afternoon.

Temperatures will be between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius, though winds will continue to make things feel cooler on east-facing coasts, with around 10-12 degrees forecast 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.”