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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

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

Denmark's Queen Margrethe visits Thy last summer. The northwestern region has been picked out by The New York Times as a sustainable travel destination for 2022.
Denmark's Queen Margrethe visits Thy last summer. The northwestern region has been picked out by The New York Times as a sustainable travel destination for 2022. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Massive energy bills cause concerns for households

Energy prices – particularly oil, natural gas and electricity – are as warm as ever, broadcaster DR reports.

Many Danish households may have to calculate additional energy costs into their budgets, according to the report, with prices going up by as much as 1,000-1,500 kroner per month for some.

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

Military intelligence head held over leaks

The head of Denmark’s military intelligence has been in prison for a month accused of leaking confidential documents to the media, Danish press reported yesterday after a mainly closed-door court hearing.

Newspaper Politiken reported that Lars Findsen had pleaded not guilty, and the rest of the proceedings were held in private.

Findsen took over as head of the service in 2015 but he and two other senior military intelligence officials were suspended in 2020.

READ ALSO: Why suspension of intelligence chief is a shock in pragmatic Denmark

Jutland region gets international recognition for wind power and nature

The New York Times has picked northwest Jutland region Thy as one of its “52 Places for a Changed World” in 2022.

The list selects destinations where tourists can be part of climate solutions, the publication writes.

Placed at number 27, Thy is praised for renewable energy being “part of the attraction” while being described as possibly Denmark’s “final frontier”.

“Silent dunes, tangled forests and near-mythic gales make this region in northwest Jutland about as far away from Copenhagen as you can get,” the NYT writes.

Weather: Tuesday set to be grey and wet

Today’s weather forecast looks fairly similar wherever you are in Denmark: grey, wet and cold.

Overcast skies and temperatures between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius can be expected, with rain or sleet this afternoon. The only exception is Baltic Sea island Bornholm, where there will be some sun.

A light to moderate southwesterly wind is also forecast.

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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Sex education, steamy weather, and Salman Rushdie topping the Danish best sellers list are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Rain ahead (finally) but no heat relief 

Parts of Denmark could see much-needed rain as early as Monday evening, but you won’t be able to swap out your fans for umbrellas just yet. 

The heat won’t abate for another few days in spite of rain on the forecast, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. Expect temperatures from 25 to 30 degrees through the end of the week. 

READ MORE: How 2022 compares to Europe’s hottest summers 

Salman Rushdie book tops Danish best seller list 

Danes in droves have ordered Salman Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” after the author narrowly survived a stabbing at a book reading on Friday, newswire Ritzau reports. 

The book, which caused Iranian clergy to issue a fatwa or death order for the Indian author in 1989, is listed as the top-selling book on Saxo.com, Denmark’s largest online book store, as of Monday. 

Danish Red Cross breaks record for families sent on summer holiday 

Nearly 1,000 children and parents in Denmark went on summer vacation courtesy of the Red Cross this year, the charitable organisation wrote in a press release. 

This summer saw higher demand for the Red Cross’s holiday camps due to the difficult economic situation, says Marie-Louise Gotholdt, head of the Red Cross in Denmark. Fortunately, the organisation was able to meet that demand and all families that applied were able to enjoy some holiday fun at one of the Red Cross’s 21 camps across Denmark, the release said. 

Students demand sex education in all secondary education

While sexual education is mandatory in Danish primary school, that guidance doesn’t necessarily continue for all students later in their secondary education. But advocacy from student groups including the Danish High School Students’ Association has pushed minister of children and education Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil to change that, a press release from her office says. 

Rosenkrantz-Theil has proposed compulsory sex ed in all youth education, including secondary school. Student advocates say it’s vital to empower students to change the culture around sex in Denmark. 

“We have just received new consent legislation. It is absolutely crucial that if we are to ensure a real cultural change, it is our generation that must take the lead,” says Ingrid Kjærsgaard, former president of the Danish High School Students’ Association. “It requires that we also get a space in our educations to talk about how to ensure consent and respect boundaries.” 

READ MORE: Danish parliament passes landmark bill to reform law around rape 

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