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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

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

High water levels at the harbour in Randers on January 17th. High winds are likely to cause high water in other areas ofDenmark on January 20th.
High water levels at the harbour in Randers on January 17th. High winds are likely to cause high water in other areas ofDenmark on January 20th. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Mink farmers yet to restart businesses 

The mink fur industry in Denmark was shut down by law after the government’s controversial decision to cull millions of animals and make the trade illegal in late 2020, due to concerns over a variant of Covid-19 that had emerged from mink farms. An inquiry into the decision to cull the minks, which was later found to be illegal, is still ongoing.

A ban on the industry set down at the time expires at the end of 2022 but mink farmers are yet to apply to re-establish their businesses, news wire Ritzau writes.

Mink farmers are permitted to apply for a permit that puts their businesses on hold until they are allowed to resume them, but none have done so thus far, according to the report.

“The dramatic closure of the whole industry 18 months ago means it’s almost impossible to start again,” the chairman of the mink farmers’ association Tage Pedersen told Ritzau.

READ ALSO: Danish authorities bust second illegal mink farm

Ex-minister Støjberg explains decision not to join Danish People’s Party

When Danish People’s Party (DF) votes for a new leader at a party congress this weekend, former immigration minister Inger Støjberg won’t be one of the options.

Although senior DF figures urged Støjberg to join and immediately take the role of leader, the ex-Liberal party minister, who has never been a member of DF, declined the offer.

“I think it would be completely wrong to run for leader of a party you’ve never been a member of,” she said.

“I feel fundamentally that, if you run to be the leader of a party, you should have worn out at least two cars on country roads campaigning with members,” she said in an online discussion on her Facebook page and website, Ritzau writes.

Støjberg was last month fired from parliament after being found guilty of breaking the ministerial code, although this did not discourage DF in offering her the chance to take the party’s most senior job.

Danish tennis star through again in Melbourne after beating world no. 7

Emerging Danish tennis star Clara Tauson is in the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne after a surprise victory over world number 7 Anett Kontaveit in straight sets. The match was completed in the early hours of Thursday Danish time.

Tauson, who defeated Australian Astra Sharma in the first round, had considerably more support from the 7,500 crowd this time around as she prevailed over her Estonian opponent.

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.

Strong winds cause high water levels

Last night was a gusty one in much of Denmark with strong winds up to storm force in some areas. Broadcaster DR reports fallen trees and broken scaffolding in several locations.

Several bridges have been closed to high-sided vehicles due to the conditions, so it is advisable to check local traffic reports if you have a journey ahead of you.

Met agency DMI meanwhile says water levels are high on the northern coasts of Zealand and Funen. Water levels can reach up to 120-130 centimetres above normal in the worst-affected areas.

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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.”