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A parking spot for charging electric and hybrid cars in Copenhagen. A tax incentive for the latter type of vehicle has been criticised by left wing parties.
A parking spot for charging electric and hybrid cars in Copenhagen. A tax incentive for the latter type of vehicle has been criticised by left wing parties. File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Conservative parties want Danish entry Covid test rules lifted

After Sweden yesterday dropped rules requiring travellers from Denmark and elsewhere to present a negative Covid-19 test on arrival, the Danish Liberal (Venstre) and Conservative parties have called for the government here to take the same step.

Denmark introduced entry testing rules for travellers in late December. The test requirements apply regardless of vaccination status.

“This is a nuisance for our businesses. And there is no longer any real reason for it, so these restrictions should be removed,” Liberal EU spokesperson Kim Valentin told Ritzau.

The testing rules, which were initially set to expire on January 17th, are now in place until January 31st.

Patient guarantee to be reinstated

A treatment guarantee for patients on the Danish health system, which was suspended on January 3rd due to concerns over strain on hospitals during the Covid-19 wave, will be reinstated.

The so-called behandlingsgaranti or treatment guarantee, provided by the national health system, gives patients the right to be treated within 30 days, if necessary by moving their treatments to a different hospital (including some private hospitals).

The guarantee will be reinstated on Friday January 21st, the Ministry of Health said in a statement yesterday.

“Even though we have high infection numbers, the number of hospital admissions (with Covid-19) has not increased by the same degree and we have seen a decline in intensive care patients. So it is a good thing that we can reintroduce the patient guarantee,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said in the statement.

Tax subsidy for hybrid vehicles in question

The three left-wing parties which prop up the government are in favour of changing a tax subsidy for plug-in hybrid cars, newspaper Information reports.

In a December 2020 agreement, the government set the target of 775,000 green cars in Denmark by 2030, of which 10 percent may be plug-in hybrids.

At the beginning of this year, 80,000 cars of that type were registered in Denmark, meaning the latter part of the target has been fulfilled.

The problem is that the hybrids are not fully emissions-free, so the incentive is counterintuitive because it is resulting in a too-high proportion of hybrid cars, critics have argued.

Danish soldiers deployed to Mali

A contingent of some 90 Danish soldiers arrived in Mali on Tuesday to join European special forces supporting the country’s anti-jihadist operations, Denmark’s military confirmed to news wire AFP.

The contingent, whose deployment was announced in April, is stationed in Menaka in eastern Mali. Its mandate runs until early 2023.

“The aim is to stabilise Mali and parts of the Liptako-Gourma tri-border area between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and to ensure the protection of civilians against terrorist groups,” the armed forces said in a statement.

Denmark has previously sent troops to participate in military interventions in Mali, some with the UN’s MINUSMA peacekeeping force and others with the French-led Operation Barkhane.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A new military hub for Nato on Danish shores, a filmmaker representing Denmark at Cannes, and a slightly cooler weekend are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Military hub’ for US, Nato forces coming to Denmark 

The port city of Esbjerg, which also played host to this week’s green energy meetings, has been flagged as the site of a new mustering point for Nato and especially United States military forces, according to a press release from the Danish Ministry of Defense. 

The United States expressed interest in Esbjerg, on Jutland’s west coast, in particular as a jumping-off point to transport troops and technology to the Baltic Sea area. 

“The Port of Esbjerg has a good location and size, proximity to the airport, good connections to the railway and motorway network and is close to several large barracks,” the press release said. 

The Danish government plans to make a number of costly improvements to the port to better support the new military hub. Those are expected to be completed by the end of 2023, the release said. 

READ ALSO: Denmark prepared to send 800 troops to Baltic states

Iranian living in Copenhagen shines at Cannes Film Festival

Danish-Iranian Ali Abassi, 40, is making waves at the Cannes Film Festival with his new film “Holy Spider,” the “gritty story of a serial killer ‘cleansing’ the Iranian holy city of Mashhad,” newswire Agence France-Presse reports. 

Abassi grew up in Iran and immigrated to Scandinavia to study architecture in Stockholm at the age of 21, ultimately settling in Copenhagen after attending the National Film School of Denmark. 

In 2018, Abassi brought home the trophy for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section with “Border,” which AFP describes as an “eccentric troll-fantasy film about a border guard.” 

Cooler weather ahead 

After two balmy days, Denmark can expect a cooler and cloudier weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“The beautiful weather has almost disappeared like dew to the sun,” meteorologist Klaus Larsen told newswire Ritzau with a little poetic flair. 

We can look forward (or not) to a Saturday with minimal sunshine, “fresh” winds, occasional showers, and temperatures between 14-18 degrees. 

Sunday is your best chance for outdoor fun, Larsen says. “It will stay mostly dry with little or no sun and winds that will decrease and become light to steady during the day.”