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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Ukrainian soldiers training on Danish soil, the transition to MitID, and a major grocery store chain closing are among the top news stories in Denmark on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday
Denmark's foreign minister Jeppe Kofod and Polish foreign minister Zbigniew Rau visit Almegaard Barracks on the island of Bornholm, Denmark. Photo: Pelle Rink/Ritzau Scanpix

Ukrainian soldiers will train in Denmark

Ukraine has accepted an offer to train soldiers within Denmark’s borders, Danish defense minister Morten Bødskov told newswire Ritzau in Kyiv on Tuesday. 

They may well arrive before the year is out, Bødskov said, but the minister declined to specify how many soldiers and where they might be based in Denmark. 

Denmark isn’t the only country that will play host to Ukrainian soldiers in training — other EU member states are running similar programs, Bødskov said, and Denmark will contribute 130 officers to a training effort in the UK this autumn. 

Farewell to Fakta 

Fakta, one of Denmark’s largest grocery chains with 359 stores, will be no more before the end of the year, according to an announcement from its parent company Coop. 

While many fomer Faktas will be converted into new locations for new Coop365discount stores, the smallest stores will close altogether. 

Additionally, two of Coop’s other properties — SuperBrugsen and Kvickly — will merge behind the scenes and share a chain director, Coop’s managing director Kræn Østergaard Nielsen told news outlet FoodWatch. 

READ MORE: Explained: What’s causing the highest inflation rate in Denmark for almost 40 years?

MitID takes over on more websites 

Have your MitID credentials handy before accessing skat.dk, borger.dk, or sundhed.dk — the transition away from NemID takes a new step starting September 22nd, according to a press release from the Agency for Digital Government. 

You’ll still be able to access these sites and others through NemID if you choose, but MitID will now be the default option. 

By October 31st, mobile and online banking will only be accessible through MitID. NemID will officially twilight on June 30th, 2023. 

Nearly half of Ukrainian refugees are employed 

About 47.6 percent of work-ready Ukrainian refugees in Denmark have found jobs, according to data from the Ministry of Employment. That represents 5,096 Ukrainians who have joined the Danish workforce. 

“In this time, when many companies lack hands, it is possible that the Ukrainian refugees can contribute to the labour market,” said Steen Nielsen, deputy director of the business interest group the Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri), in a statement. 

READ MORE: Danish visa scheme reform ‘not enough’ as companies say labour shortage is biggest threat 

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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Thermostats turned down at workplaces, a bleak security outlook and other news in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Take a warm jumper to work 

Schools, educational institutions and public workplaces – as well as private workplaces wishing to do so – are now running their thermostats at 19 degrees Celsius as one of a number of measures implemented or recommended by the government to save energy in the coming months.

Normally, thermostats are at least a couple of degrees warmer than this, but this year’s fyringssæson or heating season will be a thrifty one due to inflation and potential energy shortages.

The measure came into effect on October 1st, so now’s the time to start bringing that chunky woollen jumper with you to work.

READ ALSO: How are Denmark’s schools preparing for lower heating this winter?

Security policy report to be published

A major report on Denmark’s security situation, the Zilmer report, will be published today. The report is scheduled to be presented at a briefing at royal residence Fredensborg Palace north of Copenhagen.

According to broadcaster DR, the report makes for bleak reading, with threats against Denmark piling up as the international security situation deteriorates.

An analysis in the report, “Danish security and defence towards 2035”, posits that a new iron curtain is likely to fall over Europe in coming years and that nuclear arsenals will grow.

Denmark to send howitzers to Ukraine

Denmark, along with Germany and Norway, will supply Ukraine with 16 armoured howitzer artillery systems from next year, Berlin said yesterday. Kyiv has sought heavier weapons to boost its fightback against Russia.

The weapons will be produced in Slovakia, with delivery to Ukraine to begin in 2023.

The three countries agreed to jointly finance the procurement of the Slovakian Zuzana-2 guns at a cost of 92 million euros, the defence ministry in Berlin said.

You can read more on this story here.

Danish Red Cross brings in 12.8 millioner kroner in national fundraiser

Sunday’s annual Red Cross fundraising day resulted in the charity receiving 12.8 million kroner in donations.

The total amount is 2.5 million kroner less than was raised in 2021, but Secretary General Anders Ladekarl praised the charity of Danes during a time of economic hardship.

“We are experiencing a lot of goodwill to donate,” he told news wire Ritzau.

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