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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
Danish Red Cross volunteers during the country's national fundraising day in 2020. File photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

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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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A Danish school evacuated due to a sickening smell, Nigeria prosecuting Danish soldiers in piracy case, and a ringing endorsement for fourth Covid-19 jabs are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Unpleasant smell’ that sickened children at Danish school is unexplained 

 An Aarhus-area school was evacuated on Thursday after a mysterious smell appeared to be related to new headaches, coughs, and runny noses in students and teachers, newswire Ritzau reports. 

Suspecting some kind of chemical spill, school management reached out to emergency services — but police, the fire brigade and emergency medical responders were unable to identify the cause, according to a tweet by the East Jutland Police. 

However, authorities were able to rule out a chemical spill, police tell broadcaster TV2, and the investigation is ongoing. 

ICYMI: Recent Covid-19 booster jab offers good protection, Danish agency says 

People who received the most recent round of Covid-19 boosters are at significantly lower risk for hospitalisation, according to a recent analysis by the State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency. 

Having a second booster (for most, that would be your fourth dose) provides “around 75 percent better” protection against hospital admission than just three doses, writes Bolette Søborg, senior medical consultant at the SSI, on the agency’s website. 

READ ALSO: Can you get a second Covid-19 booster in Denmark if you are not in a risk group? 

Nigeria to prosecute Danish soldiers involved in piracy case 

This week, Copenhagen District Court began to hear the case against a Nigerian man authorities say is a pirate who participated in an attack on a Danish vessel off the coast of Nigeria in November 2021. 

But now, Nigeria has announced its intention to prosecute the Danish soldiers involved in the same incident, in which four Nigerian nationals were killed. 

“We demand that Denmark release the remaining Nigerian in Danish custody. We demand an apology from Denmark to Nigeria for the behavior of the frigate,” says Nicholas Ella, director of the legal department in Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign affairs, according to newspaper Weekendavisen.  

Ella describes the firefight as the “direct murder of people on the boat,” Weekendavisen reports.

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