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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Why the MitID shift prevents some customers from shopping online for months, schools turning down the thermostats, and fries in jeopardy are among the top news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday
MitID, the successor to NemID, won't be ready for all users by October 31st, when it becomes mandatory for online shopping. Photo: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

MitID: some Danish customers can’t shop online for several months 

The transition to MitID, the new government system to verify your identity for everything from online purchases to digitally sign contracts, will prove a considerable headache for people who don’t use the code-generating smartphone app. 

MitID’s predecessor, NemID, allows users who opt out of the smartphone app to use a handheld code generator or booklet to confirm their identity. However, Finans Danmark, the company that co-owns the MitID system with the Agency for Digital Government, says it won’t be ready for these users to shop online until “early 2023,” newspaper Politiken reports.

Since NemID will officially twilight for online shopping October 31st, that leaves this population — which Politiken estimates to be in the thousands — without recourse for months. Advocacy groups say it will disproportionately affect seniors.

Schools in Aarhus lower temps  

Students in Aarhus municipality may need to bundle up for class as schools lower the thermostat to save on energy costs, broadcaster TV2 reports

It’ll now be a maximum of 19 degrees in Aarhus schools, down from an average of 21-23. 

READ MORE: TELL US: What are your tips for saving on energy in Denmark? 

The energy crisis’s latest casualty in Denmark? Anything fried

Observant diners may notice some changes to the menus of their favorite restaurants — fried foods are becoming more expensive or disappearing entirely from Danish restaurants, according to Politiken. 

“A fryer costs an insane amount of money to run,” Anders Aagaard of the restaurant Madklubben tells the news outlet Børsen. “It uses an insane amount of power and the oil is insanely expensive.” 

While Madklubben plans to strike French fries from the menu entirely, some restaurants famous for their fries — think McDonald’s — are resigned to take a financial hit or raise their prices.

READ MORE: Danish opposition calls for tax cuts and cheap electricity to tackle crisis 

Two Danish political parties merge 

Danish political party the Green Alliance (Grøn Alliance) will be absorbed into larger environmental party The Alternative (Alternativet), according to a press release. 

The merger will “ensure the green wing has the strongest voice in the Danish parliament,” the release said. Meanwhile, another environmental party — the Independent Greens (Frie Grønne) — has roundly rejected The Alternatives’ offer to join under the same banner. “From the start we have said no to all unambitious climate agreements,” said Sikandar Siddique, leader of the Independent Greens, in August. 

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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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