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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.

The headquarters on Danish trade union 3F.
The headquarters on Danish trade union 3F. Photo: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

Conservative parties want more international labour in Denmark but want to exclude Muslim countries

Four conservative Danish parties – the Conservatives, Liberal Alliance, Liberals and Nye Borgerlige (New Right) will today present their proposal to ease Denmark’s labour shortage by recruiting workers from abroad.

The proposal includes a reduction of the beløbsgrænse (pay limit), a key element in restricting labour immigration under current rules by requiring employers pay a set (high) salary to staff from non-EU countries, for them to meet criteria for a work permit.

READ ALSO: Could Denmark ease key work permit rule for foreigners?

The parties want to reduce this limit but will not extend the accommodation to nationals of “Muslim countries in North Africa and the Middle East”, broadcaster DR writes.

The latter of the four parties, Nye Borgerlige, which is the furthest to the right and known for its hostility towards Muslims, demanded the clause in return for supporting the proposal, according to DR.

We’ll have further detail in a report today.

Government to present ‘plan of action’ against racism 

The government will today hold a briefing to present a “plan of action” against antisemitism, which was announced by the Ministry of Justice in a statement this morning.

The action plan will be formed in dialogue with community organisation the Jewish Community in Denmark (Det Jødiske Samfund), with the briefing to take place at the organisation’s offices in Copenhagen.

The justice ministry yesterday also announced a plan of action aimed at tackling racism in Denmark.

We’ll have more details on the government’s announcements in an article today.

Denmark found to be one of world’s least corrupt countries

The annual Transparency International index of global corruption was published this morning. Denmark was placed at the top of the list over the least corrupt countries in the world.

New Zealand and Finland share with Denmark the desirable position as the world’s least corrupt country.

In an additional feature to previous years, the 2022 index looks at which countries have become more – and less – corruption plagued over the last decade.

Union board to hold meeting after allegations against director

Trade union 3F has called 88 members of its board to a meeting following a report last weekend by newspaper BT that chairperson Per Christensen led a “double life” with different partners over a number of years, and misused his position to cover his tracks in some cases.

The agenda for the meeting is whether the union still has confidence in its chairperson, broadcaster DR reports.

Mali demands Denmark ‘immediately’ withdraw its forces

Mali’s military government on Monday called on Denmark to “immediately” withdraw its roughly 100 recently arrived contingent of special forces troops deployed in the troubled Sahel country, news wire AFP reports.

The junta, which came to power in a coup in August 2020, said in a statement on state TV and published on social media that “this deployment was undertaken without consent”.

The contingent of around 90 Danish soldiers arrived in Mali to join European special forces supporting the country’s anti-jihadist operations earlier this month, Denmark’s military said at the time.

The Danish foreign ministry said in a statement Monday that it was “working intensely to bring more clarity to the situation” and was “in contact with the Malian transitional government”.

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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.”