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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Stop and search zones set up in Copenhagen after Christmas stabbings, Denmark's largest tax fraud case and other news from Denmark on Friday.

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The police in Copenhagen have decided to establish designated visitation zones in Nørrebro and the Nordvest quarter in Copenhagen in response to several stabbings that occurred during the Christmas holiday period. Photo by Thomas Chizzali / Unsplash

Police in Copenhagen set up stop and search zones after stabbings

After several stabbings during the Christmas holiday period, the police in Copenhagen have decided to set up visitation zones in parts of Nørrebro and the Nordvest quarter in Copenhagen, according to a new press release.

Within visitation zones, police can stop people and check their possessions without meeting the usual requirements to do so.

The visitation zones will stay in force from December 29th at 6:00pm until January 5th at 6:00pm, Danish newswire Ritzau reports.

“Unfortunately, we have seen five stabbings in a relatively limited area since Christmas Eve and have also caught a number of people with knives in the same area. We can’t, and we won’t accept that. We have therefore established visitation zones until the Thursday after New Year,” police inspector Tommy Laursen noted in the press release.

The visitation zone is expected to prevent new incidents, the police inspector said.

The police have previously announced that they would increase street presence because of the five stabbings.

Dubai court authorises jailed Brit’s fraud extradition

A Dubai court Thursday authorised the extradition of a British national wanted over an alleged 1.7 billion euro tax fraud in Denmark, authorities said, ahead of a further ruling by a higher court.

Hedge fund trader Sanjay Shah was arrested in Dubai in June, but the emirate’s Court of Appeal in September rejected an extradition request by Denmark, the AFP writes.

The Court of Appeal overturned that decision on Thursday, according to the media office of Dubai’s government.

“The Dubai Court of Appeal has issued a ruling to extradite Sanjay Shah, a British citizen, to Denmark… for alleged fraud and money laundering,” it said in a statement.

Horizons & Co, a firm representing Shah, noted that “today’s decision confirms that Mr Shah can be extradited from the UAE”.

Shah will not be extradited immediately.

“We now have 30 days in which to appeal today’s judgement in the Court of Cassation, the highest Court in the UAE,” said Horizons & Co’s Managing Partner Ali Al Zarooni.

Solar and wind power covered two thirds of Danish electricity consumption last year

In 2022, electricity production from wind and solar accounted for 59.3 percent of total Danish electricity consumption.

That is a record high, Energinet wrote in a press release on Friday.

Energinet is a state-owned company that owns and develops the electricity and gas network in Denmark.

That is an increase of 11.9 percentage points from 47.4 per cent in 2021. If one goes even further back, it is a doubling from 30 percent in 2012, Ritzau reports.

It is important to note that 2022 has been a year with a lot of wind, meaning favourable conditions for wind power generation.

Number of rape convictions in Denmark on the rise

In 2022, significantly more people have been convicted of rape compared to the previous year, according to the figures from the Public Prosecutor’s Office, DR reports.

From January 1st to December 3rd, 2022, 143 people were convicted of rape. The year before, the figure amounted to 119, while 117 and 104 people were convicted of rape in 2020 and 2019, respectively.

According to Gyrithe Trautner Ulrich, deputy public prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office and a member of the Ministry of Justice’s expert panel in criminal rape cases, two reasons, in particular, explain the development; better policing and the law on consent.

“The cases are now investigated more thoroughly and better than before,” she stated.

According to Trautner Ulrich, the development is due, among other things, to the fact that the perception of rape in Denmark and how “real rape victims” react has changed in recent years.

In the past, many women were turned away at the counter by the police, Trautner Ulrich noted.

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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Wednesday

Støjberg attacks Rasmussen for relaxing tough migration laws, Danish IT company declared bankrupt, 'no quick fix' for cancer waiting lists, and record number of foreigners came to work in Denmark in 2022. Here's some of the morning's news from Denmark.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Wednesday

Denmark Democrat leader attacks government for relaxing migration policy

Inger Støjberg, the leader of the far-right Denmark Democrats, has attacked the government, and in particular Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen for relaxing immigration policy, and ignoring the principle that refugees who no longer need Denmark’s protection should go home. 

Støjberg was arguably Denmark’s most hardline ever immigration minister during Rasmussen’s second term as prime minister between 2015 and 2019. Both Støjberg and Rasmussen have since left the centre-right Liberal Party to form their own parties. 

As migration minister, Støjberg brought in a law allowing police to strip refugees of their jewellery, a ban on Islamic face veils, and a requirement that all those getting citizenship shake the hand of the mayor. 

“I carried it in my heart,” she said of those policies. “That is why I am infinitely sad that Lars Løkke Rasmussen did not take it to heart and is now doing away with the cornerstone, which is to send people home who no longer need our protection.”

Rasmussen has since called these measures “gesture politics”, saying that were only adopted to put pressure on the Social Democrats. 

However, he accused Støjberg of “overdoing it and overinterpreting things”.

“I completely agree that when you apply for asylum, it is because there is a special situation, and if it changes, you have to go home,” he said. “It just can’t be such a hard-boiled point of view, because then you have a heart of ice if you can’t also look at it a little practically.”

Danish vocab: grundstenen – the cornerstone

Danish IT company declared bankrupt after revelations

The Danish IT company Meew has been declared bankrupt by Denmark’s commercial court, weeks after it cancelled a listing on the Spotlight exchange in Stockholm following revelations that its founder fabricated qualifications. 

The Finans newspaper revealed in mid-March that Meew founder and managing director Armin Kavousi had falsely claimed to have a doctorate and to have been a brain researcher, among other things falsely claiming to have a master’s in neuroscience from Aston University in Great Britain. 

The following day, the company’s board resigned, and the stock market listing was abandoned.

“They tried to investigate whether there was an opportunity to transfer the healthy parts of the company,” Per Astrup Madsen, a partner in the law firm DLA Piper, told Finans. “There was contact with an investor, but it has not ended up with an actual agreement. Therefore, there was no basis for allowing the reconstruction to continue.” 

Danish vocab: at blive erklæret konkurs – to be declared bankrupt

‘No quick fix’ for Danish cancer waiting lists: health minister

Health Minister Sophie Løhde said on Thursday that she “deeply regrets” missed deadlines for bowel cancer treatment at Aarhus University Hospital, but that the government does not have an immediate fix for the problem.

Danish law requires cancer patients to be operated on within two weeks of the decision to operate being made.

Broadcaster DR recently reported that 182 patients had waited too long for an operation at Aarhus University Hospital (AUH). Following DR’s report, a Region Central Jutland survey found that 293 patients had waited for more than the two weeks prescribed by law over the past year.

Løhde was asked at a briefing on Tuesday whether bowel cancer patients at AUH can now expected to be operated on within two weeks.

“In reality, that should have happened the entire time. I can’t stand here and guarantee that it will happen again tomorrow or the next day, as much as I’d like to,” she said.

“What I can guarantee is that this has the utmost attention on the part of the government.”

Danish vocab: dybt beklageligt – deeply regrettable

‘Record number’ of foreigners move to Denmark for work

A record number of people moved to Denmark from abroad for work reasons in 2022, according to national agency Statistics Denmark.

A total of 31,600 people moved to Denmark to work last yer, according to a Statistics Denmark review released on Tuesday.

The figure corresponds to a 24 percent increase compared to 2021 and is the highest in the history of the statistic, which goes back to 1997.

The average number of work immigrants in the decade prior to 2022 was 21,000 people.

Specifically, the number describes the amount of people who were given work permits in Denmark in a given year.

Danish vocab: rekordmange – a record number (literally “record many”) 

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