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

A bright winter day is forecast in Denmark on Friday before greyer skies during the weekend.
A bright winter day is forecast in Denmark on Friday before greyer skies during the weekend. . File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Plan for Covid-19 restrictions expected next week 

The government will on Wednesday next week present a plan for which Covid-19 restrictions it plans to lift or extend beyond the end of January, news wire Ritzau reports.

Current restrictions are scheduled to expire on January 31st.

Any changes are likely to be based on recommendations made by the Epidemic Commission, the government’s independent advisory board for restrictions used during the pandemic.

The Commission is also to consider whether to extend the current status of Covid-19 as a “critical threat” to society, with the classification scheduled to expire on January 5th.

The definition is important because it impacts the ability of the government to introduce restrictions aimed at curbing spread of the virus.

READ ALSO: Why is ‘critical threat’ status of Covid-19 important in Denmark?

Number of new Covid admissions to ICUs halved

The number of people in Danish hospitals who have Covid-19 is higher than it was at the beginning of this month, but the number of new admissions to intensive care due to the virus has halved since January 1st, new data shows.

The second full week of 2022 saw 24 new admissions to intensive wards compared to 42 and 47 in the last two weeks of 2021.

A report from the State Serum Institute yesterday stated that the risk of hospitalisation is around 36 percent lower with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 compared to the Delta variant.

Sweden’s Covid-19 entry test rule lifted

As reported earlier this week, Sweden is scrapping the Covid test requirement for foreign visitors from some countries, including Denmark, in favour of the vaccine pass rules that applied before the turn of the year.

The rule change takes effect today.

The entry rules that applied prior to December 28th will now be brought back, meaning that adult foreign citizens (with certain exceptions) travelling to Sweden from EU/EEA countries, including the Nordics, will have to show either the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate (a coronapas for people from Denmark) or a valid equivalent.

All the details are included in this report.

Norwegian cargo ship sinks off Danish coast

A Norwegian cargo ship that got into trouble around 11 nautical miles off the Zealand coast near Gilleleje last night sunk after its crew was rescued, broadcaster DR and other media reported.

The ship sunk at around 1:30am after issuing a mayday call due to tilting in the water. Its five crew members were rescued by helicopter and taken to Sweden.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday

Denmark to triple defence spending to nearly €20bn, Norway PM refuses to confirm Mette Frederiksen Nato rumours, parliament strips smallest parties of state funding, and government to own a fifth of new wind parks. Here's the news from Denmark on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday

Parliament cuts support to Free Greens and Christian Democrats with new law

A broad majority in the Danish Parliament passed a bill on Tuesday that will make it more difficult to receive party support from the state from next year, stopping two small parties from receiving state support. 

From next year, parties will need to have won the equivalent of 3.2 mandates in the parliament, 1.83 percent of the votes in a general election, or approximately 64,000 votes to be eligible for state support. 

.This means that the Free Greens will from next year lose their annual subsidy of 1,136,385 kroner and the Christian Democrats will lose their subsidy of 653,367 kroner. In the 2022 election, neither party reached the 2 percent threshold to be eligible for a seat in parliament. 

Danish vocabulary: partistøtteparty support (state financing given to political parties) 

Norwegian PM praises Mette Frederiksen but refuses to confirm Nato rumours

Norway’s Prime Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, heaped praise on Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, when asked to assess her chances as Nato’s next Secretary General, but refused to be drawn on whether she was in the running. 

“She is one of Europe’s most talented prime ministers. One of those I know best and with whom I have the closest contact. I have only good things to say about her,” Gahr Støre said, speaking at a joint press conference with outgoing Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “But we will discuss who will lead Nato another time.” 

The Norwegian newspaper VG recently claimed it had spoken to two “central sources”, who had indicated that Mette Frederiksen was in the running for the role.

“Her name is now on the table with Nato’s 31 top leaders, who decide who will lead Nato,” the newspaper wrote.

Danish vocabulary: kilder – sources

Danish state to own a fifth of new offshore wind turbines

Denmark’s parliament has voted through a new law that will give it a 20 percent stake in the 6 to 14 gigawatts of offshore wind being built under the country’s climate plans will have a 20 percent government stake. 

“We can now finally give the market the green light for the development of potentially 14 gigawatts of offshore wind or more, and for most of them the state and the Danes will for the first time become co-owners and therefor get a share of the actual income from offshore wind,” Denmark’s minister for climate and energy, Lars Aagaard, said in a statement.

The parliament voted through the new agreement, which sets the framework for a total of 9GW of new wind power, on Tuesday evening. 

Danish vocabulary: havvindmøller – offshore wind turbines

Denmark pledges to hit Nato’s two percent spending target by 2030

Denmark aims to triple spending on defence to nearly €20bn over the next decade, bringing it to the Nato’s spending target of 2 percent of GDP by 2030, the country’s acting defence minister has announced.

The new budget totals 143.2bn kroner over the next ten years, with annual spending rising steadily from 6.7bn kroner in 2023 up to 19.2bn by 2032.

Some 105.4 billion will go to new defence and security priorities, while 26.9bn kroner will go towards repairing and renovating buildings, improving IT and supporting personnel, and 10.9bn kroner will go towards investing in staff and materials. Around 21.9 billion kroner will go into the government’s Ukraine fund.

Denmark will only meet Nato’s 2 percent target under the spending plans if the donations it has made to Ukraine through its Ukraine fund are included.

At the press conference Poulsen said that for him there was “no doubt whatsoever” that Ukraine spending was a part of the country’s defence budget and so should qualify towards the Nato goal.

Danish vocabulary: forsvar – defence