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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Discussions on adjusting a commuter tax deduction, UN criticism of Denmark’s plan to put an asylum centre in Rwanda and massive profits for Maersk are among the main news stories from Denmark on Tuesday.

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Agricultural work in Denmark in late April. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Tax council to discuss adjustment to commuter deduction 

The government organ Skatterådet, a tax council whose responsibilities include deciding certain subsidy rates, will today discuss a potential change to the tax subsidy given to commuters who travel over a certain distance to work, kørselsfradraget.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has suggested an increase in the deduction for people who drive longer distances to work, because of high fuel prices.

At its most recent meeting on March 22nd, the tax council said it would monitor current price trends before making a decision. It is scheduled to have a new meeting today, broadcaster DR writes.

READ ALSO: Denmark’s tax authority considers commuter subsidy over high fuel prices

UN calls Danish asylum deal with Rwanda ‘not responsible’

A spokesperson from the UN said that Rwanda, where Denmark hopes to send refugees for offshore processing under a deal with the African country, is struggling to manage the 130,000 displaced persons it already has.

As such, importing more refugees from Denmark is not in Rwanda’s interests, Elisabeth Haslund, the Danish spokesperson for UN refugee agency UNHCR told newspaper Berlingske.

Denmark and Rwanda have agreed a partnership over asylum but are yet to finalise specific plans over a Danish asylum centre on Rwandan soil.

“At UNHCR we are very concerned about Denmark’s plans to transfer asylum processing and protection of refugees to a country outside of Europe,” Haslund said to Berlingske.

“UNHCR does not view the idea of outsourcing asylum, whether to Rwanda or another country, as a responsible or sustainable solution,” she said.

Maersk revises outlook after strong start to year

Shipping giant Maersk has started 2022 strongly and now expects operating profits for the year of 30 billion kroner, news wire Rizau reports. The previous forecast was 24 billion dollars.

The company has experienced a huge increase in demand for sea freight, resulting in higher prices and better expected results.

The Danish shipping company is present in over 130 countries and employs around 80,000 people.

Environmental experts raise questions over construction of artificial peninsula

Since work began in January on the artificial peninsula Lynetteholm off Copenhagen, millions of tonnes of dirt has been deposited in the nearby Køgt Bugt bay.

Authorities have maintained that the process is not damaging to the marine environment in the area with reference to a report based on scientific studies, but DR reports that one of the key studies used in the report is 40 years old.

A professor from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) told DR that the study is not comprehensive enough and not suitable for making conclusions relating to the impact of the project at Køge Bay.

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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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