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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Nordea dropping negative interest rates, why you shouldn't turn off the heat completely this winter, and the damp autumn weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday
Queen Margrethe of Denmark says she will miss Queen Elizabeth II terribly. The two are pictured here during Queen Elizabeth's 1979 state visit to Denmark. Photo: Jette Ladegaard/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark sends condolences to the United Kingdom

Queen Margrethe II and Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen have expressed their condolences after the announcement yesterday that Queen Elizabeth II has died.

“I am saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty the Queen was a unifying figure for her nation and the world. She provided a sense of stability during changing times,” Frederiksen said in a statement posted by the Prime Minister’s Office on Twitter.

In a letter addressed to King Charles III published on the Danish palace website, Queen Margrethe said she was “deeply moved by the sad news of your beloved mother’s death.”

“You mother was very important to me and my family. She was a towering figure among the European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all. We shall miss her terribly,” Queen Margrethe wrote.

READ ALSO: ‘An anchor in rough seas’: Denmark pays homage to Queen Elizabeth II

An autumn weekend ahead with showers (and some sun) 

With Friday off to a soggy start, the Danish Meteorological Institute says to keep an eye out for potential cloudbursts — when at least 15 millimeters of rain falls in less than half an hour — this afternoon. 

The rain is expected to continue into Saturday, though the sun might make the occasional appearance. There’s an even greater chance for clear skies on Sunday. 

DMI meteorologist Trine Pedersen says not to get too used to your rain gear just yet — we may get another taste of summer weather next week. 

READ MORE: Essential rain gear for a wet Danish winter (and autumn, spring and summer) 

No more negative interest rates at Nordea 

Accountholders at Nordea, one of the largest banks operating in Denmark, will see the interest rates on some of their savings flip into the black on September 20. 

Starting in 2012, Denmark’s National Bank set negative interest rates, meaning it cost customers money to have money sitting in banks in the country. But as the National Bank adjusts interest rates to keep pace with the European Central Bank, interest rates have crept closer to 0 and finally crossed into positive territory on Thursday. 

A handful of other Danish banks did away with negative interest rates earlier this year, among them Nykredit, Arbejdernes Landsbank and Saxo Bank.

Housing association: don’t turn radiators all the way off 

While ‘energy savings’ will be the watchword for the winter in Europe, a housing association in Denmark warns that letting the home get too chilly can open the door to mould. 

“It’s about finding a good balance and ensuring that there is still a proper temperature and a good indoor climate in your home. Even if you turn [the radiator] down a bit,” says Solveig Råberg Tingey, deputy managing director of BL, an industry organisation representing 500 public housing associations with a total of almost a million tenants, newswire Ritzau reports. 

To ward off mould, experts recommend keeping the home dry and ventilating several times a day for five to ten minutes. 

Too ‘mushroom’ for doubt: be careful what you forage

With mushroom season nearly upon us, the Danish Food and Drug Administration urges Danes to only consume mushrooms they can identify with 100 percent certainty. 

Calls to the poison control line due to suspected mushroom poisoning have been on the rise for the past several years, according to a press release from the agency. 

“The most dangerous mushrooms, such as green fly agaric, are life-threatening and can damage the organs,” says head of office Henrik Dammand in the press release. “In the milder cases, you get away with vomiting and diarrhea.” 

If you do decide to indulge in foraged fungi, Dammand advises taking a picture beforehand to assist in identification if problems arise later. 

READ MORE: Danish word of the day: Svamp

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Parliament returns to spark election expectations, and Swedish investigations at the Nord Stream pipeline are the key news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Opening of parliament 

Denmark’s Folketing or parliament returns today, following the terms set out in the Danish constitution, which states that each new parliamentary year must begin on the first Tuesday in October.

The occasion is marked by a number of traditions, including an opening speech given by the prime minister and attended by members of the Royal Family.

Parliament’s return means that Danish lawmakers can again vote on and discuss law proposals.

READ ALSO: Denmark reopens parliament: Who does what during annual custom?

Social Liberals give government an extra day to announce election

This year’s reopening of parliament comes as the deadline of October 4th, given by the Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre) party for the government to call an election, looms large.

The Social Liberals have demanded Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen call an early general election, an ultimatum issued in response to the conclusions of an inquiry into the government’s 2020 mink scandal, which resulted in Frederiksen receiving a rebuke.

The party has threatened to bring down the government through a vote of no confidence if an election is not called before October 4th, the day after parliament reopens. As such, an election would have to be called today to meet the demand.

Talk of an election is therefore high as parliament returns, but the government now appears to have been given an extra day to call the vote, news wire Ritzau reports.

“The exact day means nothing for me. And I can also see that several commentators have noted that an election will be called on Wednesday [October 4th]. And that is completely fine with me and us,” Social Liberal political leader Sofie Carsten Nielsen said.

READ ALSO: KEY POINTS: What changes about life in Denmark in October 2022?

Sweden blocks off Nord Stream area for investigation

Swedish prosecutors said Monday that they had decided to block off the area around the Nord Stream pipeline leaks in the Baltic Sea, while the suspected sabotage was investigated.

In order to further the investigation into “aggravated sabotage,” the prosecutor in charge had decided “to block off the area in order to do a crime scene investigation,” the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement reported by news wire AFP.

“The investigation continues, we are at an intensive stage… I understand the considerable public interest, but we are in the early stages of a preliminary investigation and I can therefore not comment on details about which investigatory measures we are taking,” public prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist was quoted saying in the statement.