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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday
Snus, the small nicotine patches placed under the top lip most popular in Norway and Sweden, could soon become more pricey in Denmark. Photo: Michael Bager/Jysk Fynske Medier/Ritzau Scanpix

Party wants emissions-free Denmark by 2040 

Denmark has a political target of reducing its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030, a goal that is broadly backed in parliament. The centre-left Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre) party says it wants to take those ambitions up a level by making the country CO2 neutral by 2040.

The party wants to put aside 25 billion kroner to promote conversion to sustainable and green technology, broadcaster DR writes.

Tax to be introduced on snus 

A tax looks likely to be charged on snus, the small tobacco pouches popular in Norway and Sweden (and interestingly, not referred to as snus but as the more mundane nikotinposer, nicotine bags, in Danish).

Recent reports in Danish media have suggested health experts are concerned over use of the snus pouches in (intimate) places other than under the top lip, where they are normally placed.

A box of snus could become 11 kroner more expensive under the tax, the same charge as the one placed on cigarettes. The government is to table a bill which could see it introduced by the new year.

Residency applicants may need private health insurance 

Denmark’s strong welfare state includes the provision of free health care for all residents. But people who are waiting for their residency applications to be processed – a waiting time that is currently longer than usual – are increasingly finding themselves not caught by the safety net.

Extended processing times for residence permits due to a Covid-19 backlog have left many waiting in Denmark for months without access to the public health programme. 

Here’s what to expect on accessing – and paying for – medical care without a personal registration (CPR) number.

Nurses continue strike action despite fines

Nurses in Aalborg this morning continued industrial protests by striking for one hour, just as they did yesterday, DR reports.

Similar strikes, which breach the nurses’ government-enforced collective bargaining agreement, took place earlier this week in Herlev near Copenhagen and on the islands of Bornholm and Lolland.

Yesterday, a labour court ruled that nurses will face fines of up to 86 kroner per hour for the action, but that does not appear to have deterred them.

EXPLAINED: Why has the government intervened in Denmark’s nurses strike?

Newspaper to ignore American culture for one month 

Denmark needs “a break” from American culture, according to newspaper Dagbladet Information, which is to take a month of reviewing any products of the US culture industry, managing editor Rune Lykkeberg writes today.

“The American culture industry has, with streaming services, tech giants and through global publicity gained a unique power over our conception of the world. We have loved it and carried it forwards ourselves.

“We are now undertaking an exercise in resistance: For the next month we will not review culture from the USA but will go exploring in the cultural world outside America,” Lykkeberg writes.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Eighty-six weekend flights cancelled and a major setback for Copenhagen's artificial peninsula project are among the top headlines in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Cancelled flights reflect dire staff shortage 

This past weekend, 86 flights to and from Danish airports were cancelled, according to Danish airline news outlet Check-in.

By their calculations, that meant that 10,000-12,000 passengers were left at the gates. Half of the cancellations were by the beleaguered SAS, which nixed 42 flights in and out of Copenhagen alone. 

“We currently have high sickness absence, [technology issues and a late flight from a partner airline, ed.] and we already have a tight staffing situation, Alexandra Lindgren Kaoukji, SAS spokesperson in Denmark, told Check-in.  

READ ALSO: What are your rights if your flight is cancelled in Denmark? 

New Herlufsholm chairman: culture creates ‘problems for the weak,’ while ‘the strong’ manage

The latest wrinkle in the Herlufsholm scandal is the appointment of Jon Stokholm, former Danish Supreme Court Justice, as chairman of the board. 

The 71-year-old told newswire Ritzau that he believes Herlufsholm’s emphasis on individualism was where the school went wrong. 

“Such a culture creates problems for the weak,” Stokholm said. “The strong will cope.” (This seems an unusual way to describe students at a school struggling with bullying.) 

READ ALSO: Danish royal children withdrawn from controversial boarding school 

Artificial peninsula project Lynetteholm faces major setback 

Copenhagen’s dreams for a self-financing Lynetteholm, the new Copenhagen district to be built on a manmade peninsula in the harbour, have shattered like a ‘broken Kinder egg,”  mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen told broadcaster DR

New number-crunching by the ministry of transportation reveals that the profits from selling plots of land on future Lynetteholm, which promised to fund the creation of a metro connection and an eastern road ring, are likely to fall far short of that figure. 

The project was designed to solve three problems in one fell swoop — its creators say Lynetteholm will ameliorate the Copenhagen housing shortage, reduce congestion in the rest of the city and protect the mainland from storm surges in the face of climate change. 

READ ALSO: Danish parliament gives go ahead to giant artificial island off Copenhagen

Pollution linked to 10 percent of Europe’s cancer cases 

The European Environment Agency released a report today that concludes more than 10 percent of all cancer cases in Europe are preventable — because they can be tied to pollution. 

“Together, exposure to air pollution, carcinogenic chemicals, radon, UV radiation and passive smoking can account for over ten percent of the cancer burden in Europe,” the EEA wrote in a statement. 

Cancer cases due to exposure to radiation or chemical carcinogens can be reduced to “an almost insignificant level,” environment and health expert at the EEA Gerardo Sanchez told reporters last week. 

Of special interest to Danes, who sometimes eschew sunscreen during the summer months, should be the EEA’s calculation that four percent of European cancer cases are linked to natural UV radiation from the sun.