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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

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

Sunrise near Køge in Denmark in February 2021.
Sunrise near Køge in Denmark in February 2021. File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Messerschmidt chosen as new Danish People’s Party leader

Scandal-hit politician Morten Messerschmidt has been chosen as the new leader of the far-Right Danish People’s Party, despite an ongoing case over his alleged defrauding of EU funds.

Messerschmidt won 60 percent of the 825 votes, easily beating the two other candidates, Martin Henriksen and Merete Dea Larsen.

Messerschmidt was convicted in August of forging documents and defrauding EU funds. But the judge in the case has since been declared incompetent, meaning the case now needs to be heard in a district court, and perhaps later in Sweden’s high court.

In the run-up to the election, several Danish People’s Party MPs described the ongoing case as a serious hurdle for Messerschmidt’s candidacy.

READ ALSO: Far-right Danish People’s Party chooses new leader

Industry says energy bill up by 9.5 billion kroner

The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) says that businesses in Denmark spent 9.5 billion kroner more on energy in 2021 compared to 2019 as a result of high gas, electricity and oil prices.

The sum represents a “near doubling of energy overheads for businesses, DI sector director Troels Ranis told broadcaster DR.

Electricity prices rose by up to 275 percent in 2021.

READ ALSO: What do Denmark’s politicians want to do about high energy prices?

More charging ports for electric cars  

The number of charging stations for electric cars jumped from 2,879 in 2020 to 4,828 last year, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement.

The 68 percent increase was praised by Transport Minister Benny Engelbrecht.

Sales of electric and hybrid cars have increased rapidly in recent years, hence the demand for more chargers. Denmark is backing green cars in its push to reduce emissions nationally by 70 percent by 2030.

42,018 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday

A total of just over 42,000 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Sunday. Saturday’s total was 36,120.

Denmark continues to register very high daily figures for new Covid-19 cases, but the number of patients with Covid-19 admitted to hospital is on a relatively mild incline. The number of patients in intensive care with the virus is falling, meanwhile.

813 persons with Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals across Denmark on Sunday. 42 are receiving intensive care for Covid-19 while 27 are being treated with a ventilator.

READ ALSO: Omicron ‘sub-variant’ throws up new virus questions

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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.”