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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 Clara Tauson in action at the 2021 US Open. The Danish player plays her first match at this year's Australian Open on Tuesday.
Denmark's Clara Tauson in action at the 2021 US Open. The Danish player plays her first match at this year's Australian Open on Tuesday. Photo: Sarah Stier / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Politicians to hold talks over high energy prices

The rocketing costs of energy are becoming an increasingly important talking point and political parties will begin negotiations on the issue today, broadcaster DR writes.

Both electricity and petrol have increased significantly in price making everyday living costs in Denmark notably higher.

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Minister for Climate and Energy Dan Jørgensen has invited representatives from other parties to initial talks about the high energy prices prior to negotiations over potential measures.

The government takes the issue “very seriously”, the minister told DR in a written statement, but no specific plan for a response has yet been outlined.

Prime minister touts easing of Covid restrictions due to falling number of ICU patients

Denmark yesterday registered a record number of new Covid-19 infections in a day. In spite of this, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the country could be in a position to consider easing the current restrictions. That is because the number of patients in intensive care because of disease caused by Covid is falling. The number of patients in hospital who have Covid (not just ICU patients) has also been stable in recent weeks.

READ ALSO: The Covid-19 restrictions now in effect in Denmark

The number of infections and number of hospitalised patients are not as closely correlated as they “once were”, Frederiksen said in an interview with newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

“Of course we are at a place and in a situation where we must re-evaluate not only the current restrictions, of which there are not many remaining, but how we manage the situation in its entirety. That’s certainly what we’re doing in the government now,” she said.

Danish tennis star playing opening match at Australian Open

Denmark’s number one tennis player Clara Tauson is playing her first match at this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne as I write (and is level in the first set).

Tauson is playing against world number 97 Astra Sharma in the first round. The best male Danish player, Holger Rune, is already out of the tournament having lost on Monday.

Melbourne is the scene of the greatest moment in Danish tennis history, when Caroline Wozniacki became the only Dane to win a Grand Slam tournament in 2018.

Weather: Tuesday to be dry and sunny

After some stormy winds in the earlier hours, Monday’s weather was crisp with crystal clear sun and a long golden hour in the late afternoon.

The wind has now settled, with a light to moderate westerly wind forecast today. The sun will still be present, especially in Jutland, though Zealand can expect a cloudy afternoon.

Temperatures will range between 3 and 8 degrees Celsius according to forecasts. The western part of the country is also more likely to see the better end of the scale here.

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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

A second case of monkeypox, military exercises on Bornholm and discussions relating to the justice minster's authority are among news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

US and Denmark in military exercises on Bornholm

The United States and Denmark today begin a joint military exercise on the island of Bornholm.

In addition to the Danish-American exercise, 200 soldiers from the prestigious Livgarden (Royal Life Guards) regiment are to be sent to the Baltic sea island to undergo training in its defence, broadcaster DR writes.

“What we want to do is show that we have the desire and ability to defend Bornholm,” lieutenant-colonel and head of battalion with the Royal Life Guards, Thomas Lunau, said to DR.

READ ALSO: Danish PM rebuts Russian ambassador over Bornholm comments

Prime Minister wants to change role of justice minister after scandal

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has suggested she wants to change a key aspect of the Minister of Justice post after a scandal involving accusations that a past incumbent, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, leaked state secrets.

Hjort Frederiksen will not face trial in the case in the immediate future. That is because he is still a member of parliament and therefore has immunity. A majority of parties in parliament have refused to vote to waive his immunity, with some saying the government has not provided enough information over the case for them to make a decision.

READ ALSO: Danish former defence minister accused of leaking secrets

In comments in parliament yesterday, Frederiksen said she could change the justice minister’s authority to decide whether to raise charges under paragraph 109 of Danish criminal law, which relates to unauthorised disclosure of highly classified information.

The discussion relates to the current justice minister, Mattias Tesfaye, who would have been responsible for pressing charges had the other parties backed the move. The situation of a current justice minister prosecuting a former could lead to accusations the charges are politically motivated.

Second case of monkeypox reported in Denmark 

A second case of monkeypox has been detected in Denmark after the first case in the country was reported yesterday.

The second case was confirmed by professor Anders Fomsgaard of the State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease control agency, on broadcaster TV2’s Go’ morgen Danmark programme.

Three more people are also being tested for the virus, Fomsgaard told TV2.

“This is like in other European countries that get several cases at the same time. And it’s very unusual,” he said.

The second Danish case, like the first one, was found in a man who had recently travelled to Spain.

READ ALSO: Monkeypox in Denmark: what causes it, and is it serious?

Weather: Grey and wet Tuesday for most of Denmark

Grey skies and rain greet most of the country this morning and the damp weather will persist throughout the day.

Skies may clear up a little in some areas, but the chance of showers will remain high.

While it’s therefore advisable to take an umbrella when you venture outside, prepare for it to be flipped inside out by moderate to strong winds.

Temperatures will be a comfortable 13-17 degrees Celsius.

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