Study: Almost half of Danes want to work less and earn less

Economic professors muse that Denmark’s national prosperity means people feel safe sacrificing salary for more time off. Plus, activists blockade a Danish weapons company, and Coop’s unpopular new milk lids are scrapped.


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  • Crown Prince Christian graduates – looks ahead to conscription

    The Danish Crown Prince has completed his final exam and thereby graduated from the high school Ordrup Gymnasium, reports Ekstra Bladet. There have been no official announcements about what the Crown Prince will do now that he is finished with school. In the DR program A royal journey, which aired in October 2023 around the […]


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  • First Muslim burial ground in Nordsjælland to be established

    Hillerød Municipality has decided to establish the first Muslim burial ground in Nordsjælland. It is happening after a group of citizens, who all live in Hillerød and are Muslims, have applied for it, writes Sjællandske Nyheder. The burial site is to be in Hillerød, and the decision has been approved by local politicians. According to […]


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  • Danish PM spearheads anti-Big Tech alliance to protect children in the EU

    On Monday, the government announced a new partnership with a number of youth organisations, which will work to protect children in the EU from the business models of tech giants and the addictive design of social media. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is one of the architects of the partnership. Speaking to Politiken, she described a […]


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  • Justice Minister: Police and education initiatives to combat antisemitism expected “before summer”

    The government is drafting an agreement of educational and police initiatives to combat anti-Semitic threats, harassment and hate speech, according to Ritzau. The Minister of Justice Peter Hummelgaard said in a written statement that he hopes for a “broad political agreement before the summer”, and that parliamentary talks were already underway in April and June. […]


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  • Estonian chef wins Denmark’s biggest cooking competition on Bornholm

    Estonian chef Artur Kazaritski won the largest TV cooking competition in Denmark, Sol over Gudhjem, on Saturday. It’s Kazaritski’s second victory in a row at the prestigious cooking competition, according to TV2 Bornholm. He joins a small club of participants to have won the competition twice: Henrik Jyrk, who is now the host of the […]


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  • Tourists damage famous hiking area: “Don’t mess with Møn,” say locals

    Each year 400,000 tourists visit Møn, an island close to the south coast of Sjælland. However, according to local residents, the visitors must take better care of Møn’s nature, writes TV2 Øst. Some guests leave footprints that are not good for nature. It is mainly rubbish, food and toilet paper that hikers leave behind on […]


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  • Euro 24: Denmark and England settle for a tie, all on the line on Tuesday

    The result was the same as against Slovenia, yet the emotions afterwards way more positive. Denmark and England shared the spoils after a 1-1 encounter in Frankfurt, after a game where Denmark often looked the better side. Harry Kane put England ahead after sleepy defending from Danish left-back Victor Kristiansen. Morten Hjulmand leveled matters before […]


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  • Slaughterhouse employee arrested for killing colleague at work

    One person died on Thursday after an incident between two employees at a Danish Crown slaughterhouse in Holsted near Esbjerg in Jylland. The case is being treated as a homicide and a 42-year-old man has been arrested, according to a press release from Syd- and Sønderjyllands Police. Authorities received the report at 11:31AM, and made […]


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  • Danish state fund to buy up and rewild farmland on the horizon

    A state fund to purchase agricultural land from landowners and rewild it may be on the way. The government is prepared to earmark up to DKK 50 billion, but “the figure may end up being higher”, according to information obtained by Berlingske. The proposal is part of the green tripartite negotiations to agree a carbon […]


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  • Iodine tablets flying off the shelves

    Iodine tablets have flown off the shelves of the nation’s pharmacies this week, after Danish authorities recommended that citizens stock them in the house as part of its new crisis preparation guidelines. The guidelines, published on Saturday, specify that people under 40 and breastfeeding women should stock a three-day supply of iodine tablets to prevent […]


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  • Pension giant ATP invests in defence company Terma

    The pension giant Arbejdsmarkedets Tillegspension (ATP) is investing “a single digit” billion kroner sum in the defence company Terma, according to a company press release. Terma is Denmark’s largest manufacturer of parts and systems for international defence, security and aerospace, employing some 1,700 employees in East Jutland. Terma is a world leader in radars – […]


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  • 120 new electric bike charging stations to be placed across Denmark

    120 new public charging stations for electric bicycles will be set up across Denmark to encourage greener transport habits, according to the Road Directorate. DKK 12.2 million in EU funding was set aside to build the stations as part of an agreement on the green transition of road transport. Today the Road Directorate announced the […]


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  • Aarhus: Five men charged with importing 466,000 pills in transnational drug bust

    A large police operation in Aarhus on Tuesday saw five men arrested for trafficking hundreds of thousands of pills to Denmark. East Jutland Police on Tuesday made arrests and searches at a number of addresses – including in western Aarhus – supported by the Southeast Jutland Police and several special units. The men are charged […]


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  • Denmark to make ‘historic’ direct investments in Ukrainian arms industry

    Denmark presented its 19th donation package to Ukraine today – a financial boost which, according to Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, puts Ukraine within touching distance of producing its own weapons. Løkke presented the package at a meeting of the Foreign Policy Council along with Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen, who told Ritzau news agency […]


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  • Novo Nordisk building catches fire for third time in just over a month

    A large fire broke out at an office building rented by Novo Nordisk in Bagsværd, north of Copenhagen this afternoon. Nobody has been reported hurt in the incident. The fire, which generated plumes of dark smoke and loud bangs from inside the building, is now under control, writes the Beredskab East emergency service in a […]


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  • Rain record broken – dry spell on the way

    Heavy rain hit the capital area on Saturday. If you think you had seen that before, well, you’re right. The weekend’s rain brought 20.6 millimeters of precipitation over Denmark. It was enough to break a Danish weather record, writes TV2. Since July 2023, 1086.3 millimeters of precipitation has fallen. It is the wettest 12-month period […]


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  • Denmark plans for fewer children in 2035

    94 out of the country’s 98 municipalities have had their number of children in the age group zero to six years in 2035 adjusted downwards. This appears from a new projection from Danmarks Statistik, writes Politiken. Half of the municipalities have over 10 percent fewer children in 2035, compared to what Danmarks Statistik has estimated […]


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  • Euro 24: Ghosts of late come back to haunt Denmark – favorites are off to a flier

    Denmark had to settle with a 1-1 draw with Slovenia on Sunday at the Euro 24 in Germany. A brilliantly crafted opener by Jonas Wind and goalscorer Christian Eriksen proved to be the only joy as the Slovenians got a richly deserved equalizer 13 minutes from time struck by Erik Janza. England top Group C […]


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  • Finnish insurance company makes DKK 33 billion bid to acquire Topdanmark

    The Finnish insurance company Sampo has made a DKK 33 billion offer in an all-share-deal to buy Topdanmark, said the two companies in a press release on Monday. Topdanmark is one of the country’s largest insurance companies, covering private individuals, businesses and agriculture. Sampo already owns 48.5 percent of the company, according to LSEG data,  […]


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  • Danes’ natural gas consumption continues to decline

    Total natural gas consumption in Denmark fell by 3.6 percent in 2023, according to a calculation by Danmarks Statistik based on annual energy accounts.

    The decline in usage in 2023 comes after sanctions imposed on Russia in 2022 following the invasion of Ukraine drove natural gas prices up in the EU.

    Though prices in Denmark have now returned to levels comparable with 2021, the Danes have continued to reduce their dependence on natural gas.

    Not only has the proportion of gas in the overall national energy supply decreased, but a significant number of households have replaced their natural gas boiler with other energy sources, reports Ritzau.

    “It is another good step for the green transition. I note that the share of biogas continues to rise, and thus we are well on our way to securing a 100 percent green gas system,” commented Troels Ranis, deputy director of Danish Industry.

    Biogas is an energy source produced by the breakdown of organic matter such as food scraps and animal waste.

    Combined, renewable energy sources are becoming an ever larger proportion of Danes’ total energy use, according to the annual accounts.

    Their share in energy consumption has increased year on year from just under a quarter in 2011, to 45.2 percent in 2023.

    The majority of the Danish renewable energy comes from solid biomass, which includes wood pellets and wood chips, used to produce electricity and district heating.

    It’s worth noting that, despite the popular celebration of biogas, there is plenty of controversy around the green credentials of burning wood in this form.

    It has been widely promoted by industry as a cleaner, more renewable energy alternative to coal and gas. But while the wood pellets industry claims it uses only waste wood and branches, environmental groups say there is strong evidence that vast swaths of valuable, untouched forest have been clear cut to feed the growing sector.

    Elsewhere in Denmark’s renewable energy sector, wind power made up 10.6 percent of the total energy consumption in 2023. This figure has remained roughly constant.

    The total Danish energy consumption – without calculating fuel for vehicles, ships and aircraft abroad – was 0.2 percent lower than the previous year.


  • Tourists flock to Denmark’s newly UNESCO-listed Viking fortresses

    Last year, five Viking fortresses in five different locations across Denmark were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The archaeological sites at Aggersborg, Fyrkat, Nonnebakken, Trelleborg and Borgring comprise a system of monumental ring-shaped fortresses, constructed between about 970 and 980 CE, which share a uniform geometric design.  And since the UNESCO listing, the […]


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  • Students’ reading ability affected if Danish is not spoken at home

    School kids with an immigrant background continue to perform worse in reading than pupils without an immigrant background. This is reported by the Ministry of Education on the basis of a new PISA survey, which focuses on students with an immigrant background. Among students with an immigrant background, 40 percent perform poorly in reading. For […]


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  • Danish Prime Minister changes democracy summit plans after assault 

    The Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was scheduled to take part in the opening day of the annual democracy summit Folkemødet on Thursday – but she will not arrive until Friday, the Prime Minister’s office has confirmed to Ritzau news agency and the media TV2. She will instead take part in an adapted program on […]


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  • Sales of alcohol and tobacco are decreasing

    Danish stores sold 44.4 million liters of pure alcohol and 3,852 cigarettes last year. Although that sounds like a lot, it’s actually down from 2022, according to Danmarks Statistik. The numbers of cigarettes sold last year, corresponds to 804 cigarettes per person over the age of 18. In 2022, the number was 854 pieces per […]


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  • Nordic Waste owner in rare interview: “We should have communicated more”

    In January, a landslide caused major pollution at the village of Ølst near Randers in Jutland. No more cleaning by Nordic Waste – owner and billionaire creates a climate fund The company Nordic Waste was criticized for not taking responsibility. The wealthy owners let the company go bankrupt, and the public authorities are left with […]


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  • Nicki Minaj turns up three hours late to Copenhagen concert

    Last night, the audience in Copenhagen’s Royal Arena waited almost three extra hours for the US rap star Nicki Minaj to show up on stage to perform the Danish leg of her ‘Pink Friday 2’ tour. It was not worth the wait, say reviewers. “When Nicki Minaj finally showed up at the Royal Arena, she […]


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  • Danish PM after assault: ”I’m not myself yet”

    On Friday, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was assaulted and struck on the street in inner Copenhagen. A 39-year-old Polish man has been arrested for the assault. Now she comments on the attack and Socialdemokratiet’s poor election. “I am not quite myself yet, I take care of my work as prime minister, and I will always […]


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  • Major international festival 3daysofdesign kicks off in Copenhagen – biggest edition yet

    The international furniture, interiors, architecture and material design festival, 3daysofdesign, kicks off in Copenhagen today, drawing exhibitors and visitors from all over the world for a packed schedule of exhibitions, networking and events in the Danish capital. This year’s festival theme is DARE TO DREAM. “Dreams are the gateway to our innermost thoughts. A springboard […]


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  • Too hot to handle: Popular Korean instant noodles banned in Denmark

    Several varieties instant noodles from the popular Korean brand Samyang have been banned from sale in Denmark because they contain so much capsaicin that they can cause acute poisoning. The products are Samyang Buldak 3 x Spicy & Hot Chicken, 2 x Spicy & Hot Chicken and Hot Chicken Stew, according to a press release […]


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  • Danish aid package will support craft training for Ukrainian women

    Denmark has announced a fourth reconstruction package for Ukraine. This time, DKK 250 million kroner will go towards supporting practical education for Ukrainians in Mykolaiv. The Danish minister for development cooperation and global climate policy, Dan Jørgensen, told the news agency Ritzau that the funding will help to plug the skills gap caused by war […]


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  • Half of Denmark’s drinking-water boreholes are contaminated

    Over half of all of Denmark’s drinking water boreholes are contaminated with PFAS and pesticides, according to the latest State of the Nation 2024 report ‘Water & Environment’ compiled by the Association of Consulting Engineers (FRI). A borehole is a narrow shaft, used to extract groundwater. Water from these natural sources does not generally require […]


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  • Roskilde Festival 2024 sold out

    If you thought that you could leave it until tomorrow to get your ticket for Roskilde Festival, there is bad news. The festival is officially sold out, write the organisers on X. Tickets for the whole festival, from Thursday to Saturday, ran out on 31 May, but the one-day tickets are now gone too. You […]


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  • Hidden recordings convict a man for killing pregnant woman in 2016

    A 30-year-old man is found guilty of the murder of the 32-year-old pregnant Louise Borglit in Elverparken in Herlev in 2016. The court disregarded the convicted’s explanation that he was at a friend’s house on the evening of Friday 4 November. Allegedly, he took drugs and ate dinner there. Louise Borglit was stabbed 11 times […]


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  • Inflation increase in May as electricity and rent prices rise

    In May, the overall consumer price index rose by 2.2 percent compared to the same month the previous year. It’s a jump up from the inflation rate in April, which measured at 0.8 percent. The higher inflation in May was mostly due to increased electricity prices. Good and servicesServices – meaning work or that does […]


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  • 39 Copenhagen festivals receive state funding – see the list

    Copenhagen municipality’s Culture and Leisure Committee has announced which festivals to which they have granted three- and one-year subsidies for 2025-27 and 2025. 39 Copenhagen festivals have received a total of DKK 48 million in funding. The subsidies are distributed from the ‘Festival Pool’, whose purpose is to support the city’s festivals. The largest sums […]


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  • Ticketmaster hack hits millions – deleting account too tricky, says Consumer Council

    After Ticketmaster was hacked in early June and some 560 million users’ data breached, the ticket platform urged account holders to change their passwords as soon as possible. But the Consumer Council has criticised the platform for making it too difficult for users to completely delete their accounts. To delete your account, you must fill […]


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  • Devasting poll for government parties before EP-Election

    Shortly before the EP elections, the three governing parties are hit by dismal polling Worst news is for Socialdemokratiet and Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who for the first time in many years, is not enjoying the title as Denmark’s largest party. In the poll from TV 2, Socialdemokratiets only receives 16.7 percent of the vote. […]


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  • Euro 24 and the Olympics make it difficult to get train tickets

    If you plan to travel in Europe by train this summer, hurry up! Due to the Euro 24 in football and the Olympics in Paris, DSB (Danish Railways) has a significant increase in sold tickets over the summer. “There are still seats available, but if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, it’s a good idea […]


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  • Growing feeling of security in Copenhagen’s nightlife

    The number of Copenhageners who feel safe in the evening and night hours has never been higher. According to Copenhagen Municipality’s latest safety survey, four out of five Copenhageners feel safe after dark. “There are still areas where too many Copenhageners feel unsafe. It is crucial that we continue to prevent organized crime and maintain […]


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  • New teachers are leaving posts in public schools sooner

    Newly educated teachers are leaving their posts in public schools after a shorter employment time than their older colleagues did. This is reported by Arbejderbevægelsens Erhvervsråd (AE) on the basis of data from Statistics Denmark, writes Ritzau. Barely a fifth of the teachers who graduated in 2018 and immediately after got a job in the […]


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  • European Central Bank reduces interest rates for first time in five years – Danish housing market set to pick up

    The European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday confirmed a reduction on interest rates from a record high 4 percent, where it had been since September 2023, to 3.75 percent.  It is the first time since 2019 that the ECB has lowered interest rates, and the first time since 2012 that 0.25 percentage points have been […]


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  • Denmark elected to the UN Security Council for 2025-2026

    Twenty years after Denmark last held a seat on the UN Security Council, the country will be returning as a member of the world’s most powerful bodies on 1 January 2025. On Thursday, Denmark was been elected to the Security Council together with Somalia, Pakistan, Panama and Greece. Its membership will run from 1 January […]


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  • Social Democratic EP candidate on his own with ambitious climate proposal

    In an otherwise quiet election campaign, one of the Social Democratic candidates and current EP member, Niels Fuglsang, is making headlines. A few days before the election on Sunday, he proposes that all Danish homes by 2035 must have at least energy label E. It will affect around 400,000 single-family houses in Denmark, which must […]


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  • Denmark beat Sweden in the penultimate test before Euro 24

    Euro 24 starts in Germany on Friday 14 June. Denmark is yet again part of the action and aiming to repeat the success from 2021, when the red and whites reached the semi-finals. The squad from those glory days is largely intact. Last night they Denmark beat neighbors Sweden 2-1 in the penultimate test match […]


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  • Royal couple cancels Faroe Islands visit due to strike

    An extensive week-long strike in the Faroe Islands has caused the Danish royal couple’s planned two-day visit to be put on hold indefinitely. The Faroese minister Aksel V. Johannesen has decided to postpone the trip, as it is not “appropriate to hold a visit under the current circumstances”, according to an email from the Faroese […]


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  • Three young men imprisoned for stabbing 17-year-old woman

    The court in Nykøbing Falster has remanded in custody three young men aged 17 and 18 for four weeks after a 17-year-old woman was stabbed with a knife last night at a college in Nykøbing Falster. The young woman was stabbed at least twice, with one near-fatal wound piercing her lung, according to Ritzau. She […]


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  • Mystery Eurojackpot winner of DKK 760 million yet to come forward – bought ticket in Østerbro

    A very lucky Copenhagener won DKK 760,818,030 in the Eurojackpot yesterday. It is the biggest prize ever in Denmark – but the winner is yet to come forward. On Wednesday, Danske Spil announced that the winner bought the ticket at 7-Eleven at Trianglen in Copenhagen. “There must be a huge congratulations to the lucky Dane. […]


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  • Government raises Danish citizenship application fee – politicians praise “strict rules”

    The fee for foreign citizens applying for Danish citizenship will be raised as part of a new agreement put through by the government and Liberal Alliance. It currently costs DKK 4,000 to apply for Danish citizenship through naturalization. Under the new agreement, the fee is raised to DKK 6,000. Currently, when an applicant is rejected, […]


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  • Danes divided on whether Denmark should aim for higher 2030 climate goals

    In April, Denmark announced it was close to hitting its 2030 climate goals of reducing 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions compared with 1990s levels.

    According to the government’s Annual Climate Status and Projection report, if current efforts continue, Denmark will achieve a 68 percent reduction by 2030.

    The Climate Council says that the government should aim higher than its 70 percent goal. In May, the organisation argued that a buffer would reduce the risk of expensive last minute actions in order to reach the goal.

    According to a new survey by Epinion for DR, Danes are divided on the suggestion.

    Of 1,076 respondents, when asked whether Denmark should set a higher 2030 goal, 43 percent yes, 36 percent said no, and 19 percent do not know.

    Younger generations in particular said the that the goal should be raised.

    The current coalition government pledged when it was elected in 2022 to shift the net-zero target year from 2050 to 2045, and to create new climate goals along the way.

    But the Minister of Climate, Energy and Supply, Lars Aagaard, wrote to DR that it’s important to know for sure that the goals will be reached, before talking about new goals.

    He added that agricultural emissions need to come down and that climate efforts in general must be strengthened in the lead up to 2030 as success is by no means guaranteed, given the unpredictability of climate forecasting.


  • Danish fact-checking media exposed to large-scale Russian influence attack

    The Danish fact-checking media TjekDet, together with more than 800 media, organizations and individuals, has been the target of a large-scale Russian influence attack. The attack was detailed in a new report by the Finnish software and analysis agency CheckFirst and the NGO Reset, writes TjekDet in a pressrelease. The attack has been dubbed ‘Operation Overload’ because its approach […]


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