Danish housing companies ask residents to turn on radiators

Public housing authorities in several municipalities are urging Danish households to end their autumn hold-outs and turn radiators on for the approaching winter.

Danish housing companies ask residents to turn on radiators
Housing associations in Denmark have called for residents to turn the dial on their radiators despite potential high energy prices. File photo:Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Between an unusually mild autumn and steep energy prices, many families have bundled up rather than start the radiators for the year, broadcaster DR reports.

But the risk of toxic mould means you shouldn’t postpone any longer, housing authorities have warned.

A number of measures at public and private workplaces have sought to save energy consumption in advance of predicted high prices and potential shortages.

Households have also refrained from using heating, aided by a milder autumn than usual.

Denmark’s heating season or fyringssæson usually begins at the start of October.


Companies that run Denmark’s subsidised rental housing (almene boligselskaber) say that residents should now turn their heating up to avoid the risk of mould.

Additionally, homes should be aired regularly to prevent conditions that allow mould to grow.

Linen should not be dried indoors where possible.

“We are all aware that we are in a serious situation with rising energy prices across the country and we have therefore all been encouraged to think about our energy use,” the largest housing association in Ballerup Municipality, Baldersbo, wrote in a letter distributed locally and reported by DR.

The company, which administers 3,700 homes in the area, said that “a lacking of heating in homes can cause serious internal climate problems in the form of mould.”

“People dry their clothes, they have varying behaviours in their homes which can cause problems if it’s not warm enough,” the housing company’s director Søren S. Christiansen told DR.

Ballerup is not the only locality where the issue has been raised. A housing association in Jutland town Viborg has issued a similar message to 5,500 residents, DR writes.

In new construction buildings, keeping all rooms at a minimum of 18 degrees might be enough, experts told DR.

For older buildings, especially “brick homes built between the 1930s and 1960s,” residents should aim for 20 degrees, energy and interior climate expert Tue Patursson of housing research institute Videncentret Bolius said to the broadcaster.

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Denmark extends limit on medicine prices in response to inflation

Denmark’s health ministry has agreed with regional health boards and the representative body for the country’s pharmaceutical industry to limit the price on medicines for the next two years.

Denmark extends limit on medicine prices in response to inflation

The agreement means an upper limit will be placed on the price paid by users of the health system subsidy-eligible prescription medicine, as well as for medicines used at hospitals.

The deal is a two-year extension of an existing arrangement. Its purpose is to ensure medicine prices are predictable as well as to contain rising prices due to inflation.

Specifically, the hospital medicine aspect of the agreement means that medicines at hospitals will become 2.2 percent cheaper from January 1st next year. The limit will run until the end of 2024.

For subsidy-eligible prescriptions purchased at pharmacies, prices are now frozen until September 30th 2025.

“In a time with high increases in consumer prices, I’m very pleased that we are keeping the cost of pharmacy medicines stable for the next two years and even reducing the list prices of hospital medicine,” Health Minister Sophie Løhde said in a health ministry statement.

Hospital medicine or sygehusmedicin in Danish is medicine purchased by hospitals for use in hospital treatments of both inpatients and outpatients.

Medicines that are eligible for subsidies must be purchased at pharmacies and prescribed by a doctor or dentist.

Denmark’s public health system provides for subsidies for most types of medicine, which means you are likely to be eligible for the subsidy if you have a Danish public health insurance card (sygesikringskort, the yellow card issued with your CPR [personal registration] number, name and address and GP’s details).

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The Ministry of Health, Regional health boards and the Danish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (Lægemiddelindustriforeningen, Lif) have had an arrangement in place to control prices of pharmacy medicines for end users dating back to 2006.

In the past, agreements have adjusted the limits upwards in line with general price and wage trends. However, the last three agreements, since 2014, have maintained existing prices.