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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.

Black Friday in Denmark in 2017. This year's edition could see electronic goods in short supply.
Black Friday in Denmark in 2017. This year's edition could see electronic goods in short supply. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Face mask rules apply from Monday 

If you are out Christmas shopping or getting in groceries in Denmark from Monday, it will have to be with a face mask on after parliament last night rubber stamped the government’s plan to bring back rules requiring the protective garment.

In addition to retail settings, masks will also be required on public transport and in the health and care sector. Coronapas rules are also set to be broadened, and the interval for a valid coronapas with a negative Covid-19 test reduced.

We have more detail on the new rules in this article, which was written before the measures were approved by the parliamentary epidemic committee.

Supply problems could impact Black Friday

Black Friday today means heavy discounts can be found across the retail sector, both online and in stores. Denmark is no different.

But not all products will be easy to get hold of, broadcaster DR reports.

A search of 359 product categories conducted by comparison site Pricerunner found low stocks for one in four.

Electronic products are a particularly affected category due to a global microchip shortage.

Refugee board overturns decision to send home Syrians

The Danish refugee appeals board (Flygningenævnet) has overturned the immigration authority Udlændingestyrelsen’s decision to repatriate Syrian refugees from Damascus in 43 percent of cases, newspaper Jyllands-Posten reports.

Since summer 2020, the immigration board has revoked the residence permits of 186 Syrian refugees, but the appeals board has overturned 80 of these decisions, according to the report.

We’ll have more on this in an article on our website today.

New advertising laws tighten grip on Danish influencers

A new marketing law passed yesterday by parliament will make restrict the way influencers in Denmark promote products.

The law, which takes effect on January 1st, bans influencers from advertising products considered unsuitable for young adults and children under 18 years of age.

However, the law will only apply if the promotion targets the under-18 age group or if the influencer has many influencers in the demographic, DR writes.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Lower fees for using Visa-Dankort abroad, more parents choosing private midwives, and record inflation are among the top news stories in Denmark on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

In case you missed it: here’s who is eligible for monkeypox vaccines 

Denmark will now offer monkeypox vaccinations to all men who have sex with men and have multiple sexual partners. Previously, the shots were only given to people who had been in close contact with a confirmed case.

It’s important to emphasize that anyone can get monkeypox from close contact, not just men who have sex with men.

READ MORE: Monkeypox: Denmark to offer vaccination to at-risk group

Denmark sees highest inflation since 1983 

Consumer prices have climbed 8.7 percent since July 2021, according to figures from the government agency Statistics Denmark. It’s the highest rate of inflation the country has experienced since 1983.

Skyrocketing prices for food, electricity, and fuel are driving the change to price indices, newswire Ritzau reports. 

READ MORE: Will house prices in Denmark ever fall? 

Danske Bank lowers fees for purchases abroad 

An order goes into effect Wednesday requiring Danske Bank to charge customers less when paying in foreign currencies. 

Earlier this year, the Competition Council determined both Danske Bank and Nordea added unreasonable surcharges to purchases abroad — 1.5 percent within the EU and 2 percent for the rest of the world. 

As per the Competition Council’s findings, Danske Bank must drop the currency exchange surcharge altogether within the EU and reduce the rate to 1.5 percent outside the bloc. 

Danske Bank has already appealed the decision and will argue their case before a judge at the Copenhagen District Court.

READ MORE: Danish banks raise interest rates but many remain negative 

Business booms for private midwives 

Demand for private midwives has increased steadily over the past five years as cuts to the public system have left midwives there overburdened, broadcaster DR reports

The number of parents-to-be applying for subsidies for private midwives jumped 17 percent from 2020 to 2021 alone, data from health insurance agency Sygeforsikring Danmark show. 

Parents cite a desire for more personalised attention, DR finds. In particular, new parents are eager for more frequent pre-natal scans and more help breastfeeding after baby is born. 

READ MORE: Denmark presents plan to hire 100 more staff at maternity wards