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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Denmark wins in the 'world cup for chefs,' armed forces unions distance themselves from plan to scrap Great Prayer Day and other news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday
Danish chef Brian Mark Hansen and his team celebrate their win at the Bocuse d'Or, the 'world cup' for chefs. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark wins ‘world cup’ for chefs 

It’s another proud day for high cuisine in Denmark after chef Brian Mark Hansen won the Bocuse d’Or, the unofficial ‘World Cup’ for the culinary world held every two years. 

Hansen, head chef at the Michelin-starred Søllerød Kro in Copenhagen, unseated defending champion and host France with his take on squash and monkfish. 

Competitors train for the Bocuse d’Or “a bit like a fighter pilot or a Formula 1 driver,” Davy Tissot, 2022’s victor and president of this year’s jury, tells the Agence France-Presse. 

“Finland’s 25-year-old candidate Johan Kurkela has been known to train for
10 hours straight locked in a basement. Meanwhile, [the French competitor Nais] Pirollet trained daily for five-and-a-half hours nonstop to replicate competition conditions,” the AFP writes. 

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Don’t blame us: unions for Danish armed forces distance themselves from Great Prayer Day debate 

Unions for the Danish armed forces want politicians to stop pinning the end of Great Prayer Day, a public holiday set to be axed by the government, on them. 

Three unions, representing a total of more than 18,000 members in the armed forces, say association with the loss of a public holiday could undermine general support for the armed forces. 

Although the armed forces have needed the extra funds for years, Niels Tønning, chairman of the union Hovedorganisationen af Officerer i Danmark (“First Organization of Officers in Denmark”) told newspaper BT that it shouldn’t come at the expense of the freedom of Danish wage earners.

READ ALSO: Why does Denmark have an annual ‘Prayer Day’ holiday?

Fatal workplace accidents in Denmark rising 

Denmark broke a bleak record in 2022 — the highest number of fatal workplace accidents in more than ten years, according to news outlet Zetland. 

Last year, 42 people died in Denmark due to accidents at their job, the Danish Working Environment Authority said. 

The construction industry was particularly perilous, tallying 6,219 serious accidents. The DWEA found safety violations in each case, Zetland reports. 

Construction has surged in recent years, “and the easiest way to improve efficiency, the builders obviously believe, is to relax a little on security,” Flemming Hansen, chief consultant for construction for trade union 3F, told the media.  

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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the day’s news on Tuesday

Danish extremist barred from UK, Islamic State sisters lose case against Denmark, Denmark only second happiest country, and home sales in Denmark at lowest level since 2013.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the day's news on Tuesday

Rasmus Paludan barred from entering UK 

The Danish anti-Islamic extremist Rasmus Paludan had been barred from entering the UK after it emerged that he planned to burn copies of the Koran in the city of Wakefield. 

The UK’s security minister, Tom Tugendhat, told the UK parliament that Paludan has been added to the UK’s “warnings index” after he announced his plans to ban a Koran in the city to mark the start of Ramadan on Wednesday and “will not be allowed access” to the country.

“His travel to the United Kingdom would not be conducive with the public good and he will not be allowed access,” he said, according to The Guardian newspaper.  

Danish vocab: adgang – access 

Islamic State twin sisters lose case against Denmark 

A court in Copenhagen on Monday acquitted Denmark’s immigration ministry for stripping two twin sisters of their Danish citizenship in 2020. 

The sisters were born in Denmark to Somali refugees, and then grew up in the UK before going to Syria to join the Islamic state caliphate in 2014, aged 16. The two are now held in the al-Roj prison camp in Kurdish-held northern Syria. 

The sentence is conditional on the women not becoming stateless.

In 2020, ministry said that the sisters were also Somali citizens and therefore would not be left stateless, but their lawyer, Eddie Omar Rosenberg Khawaja, said that the law in Somalia prohibits dual citizenship, meaning the two had lost their Somali citizenship automatically on becoming Danish citizens at aged four. 

He plans to appeal the judgement. 

Danish vocab: tvillingesøstre – twin sisters

Home sales in Denmark sink to lowest level since 2013

The number of home sales in Denmark fell over the last three months to the lowest level since the start of 2013, when the country was still emerging from a protracted housing slump.

Only 9,931 homes were sold in the last three months of 2022, according to the latest figures from the trade body Finance Denmark, the lowest number for 39 three-month periods. At the same time prices have fallen back to the levels they were at at the end of 2020. 

Prices of apartments fell by 7.2 percent last three months of the year compared to the same period in 2021, while prices for detached houses fell by 6.3 percent.

Danish vocab: bolighandler – home sales

World’s second happiest country: Denmark loses out to Finland again

Denmark is listed at number two on this year’s World Happiness Report, coming second to Finland for the second year in a row.

The UN’s World Happiness Report, published on Monday, puts Denmark second on its national happiness ranking.

Finland takes the title of world’s happiest nation, once closely associated with Denmark, for the sixth year in a row.

The Danish second place is the same as its 2022 ranking and one spot better than in 2021. Denmark once took first place regularly, but this has not happened since 2016. Denmark was also second behind Finland in 2019.

Low inequality in Finland, as well as Finnish public confidence in the country’s high level of social welfare security, are possible factors, Nes said.