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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Friday

Denmark's sexual consent law 'working as intended', new national conservative party woos Aalborg councillor, central bank raises rate by 0.5 percent, and Denmark's puppy boom is at an end. Here's some of the news on Friday.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Friday
Denmark Democrats leader Inger Støjberg at a party leader debate with Nicolai Wammen, Martin Lidegaard, Søren Pape Poulsen, Pernille Vermund, Pia Olsen Dyhr, Alex Vanopslagh, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Morten Messerschmidt, Troels Lund Poulsen, and Mai Villadsen. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

New sexual consent law ‘used as intended’: DPP

A review of Denmark’s new sexual consent law by the country’s Director of Public Prosecutions has concluded that it has been used as intended in the two years since it was brought into the statutes. 

“During the past two years, we have seen convictions in cases where the victim has been passive during a sexual assault, which is within the newly criminalized area, where the starting point for the punishment level is one year and two months,”  Jessika Auken said in a press statement. “Our review of case law shows that the law has been applied as intended.” 

The new law, which requires both parties to give their consent before sexual intercourse takes place, came into force on January 1st, 2021.

Danish vocab: samtykke – consent

Former Danish People’s Party councillor joins Denmark Democrats 

Kristoffer Storm, a prominent city councillor in Aalborg, has announced that he is moving to Inger Støjberg’s Denmark Democrats party, in the latest win for Denmark’s newest far-right party. 

Storm was elected as a representative of the rival Danish People’s Party in 2021, but has been an independent since June last year. 

“Everyone who knows Kristoffer knows that he is an unusually skilled and serious politician. And he has done really, really well as a councillor, so it is a huge gain and joy for me that he is coming over to us now,” Støjberg told TV2.

Danish vocab: en kæmpestor gevinst – a huge gain

Danish central bank raises interest rate by 0.5 percent

Denmark’s central bank Nationalbanken raised its interest rate by 0.5 percent on Thursday in response to a similar move by the European Central Bank (ECB).

The Danish central bank confirmed the decision in a statement after the ECB earlier on Thursday increased its rate by the same amount, bringing it up to 3 percent.

The latest raise is the sixth time within the last year that the ECB has put its interest rate up.

The new rate is the highest set by the ECB since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008.

The Danish National Bank’s interest rates are slightly lower than the ECB’s — 2.6 percent for deposits and 2.75 percent for loans following Thursday’s increases. That is because Nationalbanken increased its interest rates by 0.15 percent less than the ECB the last time the rates were raised, at the start of February. Similarly, it raised its rate by slightly less than the ECB in December.

Danish vocab: renteniveau – interest rate level

Danish ‘puppy boom’ over as Labrador tops list of country’s favourite dogs

The Labrador Retriever has been named as Denmark’s most popular dog breed in an annual list which also suggests that a Covid-19 “puppy boom” has passed its peak.

Puppy litters in Denmark have returned to pre-Covid-19 levels, according to dog owners’ association Dansk Kennel Klub.

The pandemic saw a “puppy boom” in which the number of litters increased, but the 22,481 puppies registered with the organisation in 2022 represented a 20 percent decrease compared to the previous year.

Labrador Retrievers are meanwhile the most popular pedigree dog breed in Denmark for the seventh year in a row, Dansk Kennel Klub said in a press statement released on its website.

Danish vocab: hunderacer – dog breeds

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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 Quran 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 Quran 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.