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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.

Danish city Aalborg under a layer of snow on December 2nd 2021.
Danish city Aalborg under a layer of snow on December 2nd 2021. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Government criticised for breaking promises over maternity wards 

Opposition parties have criticised the government for failing to live up to a 2019 election promise that all women who give birth in Denmark will be able to spend at least two days in hospital after their child is born.

Maternity wards across the country regularly report staff shortages and women are regularly sent home on the day of their birth if there are no complications.

Left wing allies and the main opposition party, the Liberals, have both criticised the government over the issue, broadcaster DR writes.

The governing Social Democrats say that maternity conditions are to be discussed in the ongoing budget negotiations.

North Jutland can expect more snow on cold weekend 

Recent snowstorms disrupted North Jutland in particular and Denmark in general, and the North Jutland region can expect more of the same this weekend, according to forecasts.

“We won’t see the Ragnarok-like weather we’ve seen in some places recently again this weekend, but it’s now winter weather and it has also snowed in several places overnight,” meteorologist Frank Nielsen of met office DMI told news wire Ritzau.

Cold weather on Friday and low front across the North Sea will bring clouds and precipitation across Denmark from the west, Nielsen said.

That will materialise as cold rain or sleet in many areas but probably snow in North Jutland, he said.

READ ALSO: IN PICTURES: Early December blizzards disrupt Denmark

Fact-checking platform given government funding

The fact-checking media TjekDet has been granted three billion kroner in state funding, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement released this morning.

The government and its three left-wing parliamentary allies agreed on the funding for TjekDet, which fact-checks claims made in the Danish public debate.

“It’s good that we have an independent Danish fact-checking institution which helps us to remove and point out mistakes and misinformation in the media and on social platforms,” culture minister Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen said in the statement.

SAS brings back face mask rules on Nordic flights

All passengers on Scandinavian flights operated by regional airline SAS must again wear a face mask on board from Monday, December 6th, Swedish broadcaster SVT writes.

“With Scandinavian authorities now beginning to reintroduce requirements and recommendations regarding the use of face masks, SAS is also reintroducing the requirement for all flights as a safety measure,” the airline said.

An earlier requirement to where a mask on SAS’ Nordic flights was lifted in October. Other international routes have retained face mask rules throughout.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums.