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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Nord Stream probe results may stay confidential, artists meet minister after protesting Quran burning law and pleasant weather keeps going. Here’s the news roundup from Denmark on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday
SAS Hotel Royal at Vesterport in Copenhagen on Tuesday. Photo: Thomas Traasdahl/Ritzau Scanpix

Public may never see results of Danish Nord Stream probe 

The Nord Stream gas pipelines were sabotaged with explosives in Danish and Swedish economic waters a year ago, but the public may never be given insight into the results of Danish investigations into the incident, Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard told broadcaster DR yesterday.

“What I can still say after all this time is I don’t know what the investigation is going to point towards,” Hummelgaard said.

“In matters that affect our national security and generally involve our intelligence services, there is always a certain amount of information that can’t be shared due to national security,” he said.

Denmark, Sweden and Germany are still investigating the explosions, with little information having been released so far from the Danish probe.

Vocabulary: efterforskning – investigation

Artists protest against planned ban on burning Quran

A group of artists wearing fur coats – and little else – staged a small protest at the Ministry of Culture yesterday against the government’s plan to introduce a new law that would make it illegal to burn the Quran.

The performance group “Persona Non Grata” held a banner that read “Protect artistic freedom” in front of the ministry, DR reported.

When they arrived at the ministry, they took their coats of and place the banner on the ground before entering the building almost naked. They then presented a petition against the proposed law change.

Its intended recipient, Minister of Culture Jakob Engel-Schmidt, was not present at the time, but he later invited the group to a meeting.

“We are concerned that some artists’ practice can be criminalised,” one of the members of the group, Astrid Lindhart, told DR.

READ ALSO: ‘One in two’ in Denmark support ban on Quran burnings

Vocabulary: nøgen – naked

Rare late summer heat continues with 23 degrees today

There will be warm and dry weather in much of Denmark today with the maximum temperature of 23 degrees representing a rare occurrence: only three times in the last 12 years has it been so warm so late in the year.

Warm air blowing up from southern Europe can be thanked for the continued warm temperatures.

The east of the country, particularly around Copenhagen, will feel warmest today while there may be some showers in North Jutland.

Vocabulary: usædvanlig – unusual

Opposition wants answers from minister over rail fares hike

Several opposition parties say they want Transport Minister Thomas Danielsen to answer questions after major increases in rail fares were announced.

National operator DSB announced on Monday that rail tickets will cost up to 13 percent more in Denmark next year, with most locations in the country likely to see higher fares.

“It seems completely crazy,” transport spokesperson Nick Zimmermann of the Danish People’s Party said.

“If prices keep going up, I can 100 percent understand more people using their car,” he said.

Vocabulary: vanvittig – crazy

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Weather outlook for the weekend, Lego teams up for new Fortnite game, police make Christiania-related arrests and more news from Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Warmer, but wet and grey weekend ahead 

Icy roads and snow-covered gardens are about to melt away, with weather conditions this weekend forecast to be above freezing and thereby warmer than the temperatures we’ve seen so far in December.

There won’t be much in the way of brightness, unfortunately, with a blanket of grey clouds likely to swaddle Denmark.

“Friday will start mostly dry for everyone, but during the afternoon an area of precipitation will move over us from the southwest,” meteorologist Anja Bodholdt of national Met office DMI told news wire Ritzau.

The melting snow will result in high humidity, with low-hanging clouds and poor visibility.

“On Saturday, another grey day awaits with fog and mist in many places, and some rain or sleet will fall here and there,” Bodholdt said.

Vocabulary: gråvejrsdag – grey weather day

Lego joins forces with Epic Games for latest ‘Fortnite’ game

Danish toy giant Lego and US videogame leader Epic Games have joined forces to launch “Lego Fortnite” in a bid to grow a platform already used by hundreds of millions of people, news wire AFP writes.

The game, which like prior Fortnite offerings is free to download, features the colourful animated landscape familiar to gamers but with figures who come from the Danish company’s distinct universe.

While the setting resembles that of the original Fortnite game, first launched in 2017, the playable space in the Lego version is 19 times as big.

Thursday’s announcement marks the first significant project between Lego and Epic since the company announced in April 2022 that it, along with Sony, would invest $2 billion in the North Carolina company.

The game’s designers ensured that all the settings and characters who appear in the game could be built in the real world with Lego pieces.

Vocabulary: at lancere et product – to launch a product

Police make six arrests for organised sales of cannabis in Christiania

Copenhagen Police yesterday arrested six men in a coordinated action which took place at the Pusher Street area in Christiania along with a number of other locations in the city, broadcaster DR reports.

The men have been charged with selling between 102 and 224 kilograms of hash from a stand at Pusher Street, the illicit market which Christiania residents have said they no longer want to operate.

Police said they are looking for a seventh man but that one of the arrested is the leader of the ring.

“During the arrests, we also carried out searches where we found other things, including a lot of cash and a quantity of narcotics, which are now also part of the case,” Copenhagen Police investigator Simon Hansen said in a statement.

Vocabulary: anholdelser – arrests

Webshop customers entitled to refunds for ‘hidden’ subscriptions

A number of Danish webshops have been found to have misled customers by automatically registering them for a subscription when they purchase a product.

A ruling by the Danish Supreme Court will require, and to refund subscription fees dating back to 2017.

Customers were able to purchase products such as books, toys and electronics from the online stores.

The court found that the three sites failed in their obligation to clearly communicate the premise for purchases made on their platforms.