The Week That Was, February 12th-18th 2023:

Posted on 18. Feb, 2024 in: TWTW

Politics/Economy:

Denmark is now in line with NATO's demand that countries spend at least 2% of GDP on defence - Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen said the Western military alliance has confirmed Denmark’s military spending is on target.

The Liberal Alliance (LA) continues to make gains and is now the country’s most popular choice for young voters – a new poll showed 26.% of the 18-29 age group would vote for the right-wing, business-friendly party if an election was held toda.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was accused of nepotism - the Prime Minister's Office has allegedly appointed friends and relatives of her top advisors to key positions.

Wages in the private sector have grown by an average of 4.9 percent over the past year, the biggest increase in 15 years.

Inflation rose to 1.2% in January, the highest since the 2.4% of August 2023.

EU/Foreign Affairs:

Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen warned that Russia could attack a NATO country within three to five years and Denmark needs to ‘be prepared.’

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen joined Germany’s Chancellor Scholz in a in ground-breaking ceremony for a new ammunition factory in Unterlüss, between Hamburg and Hannover.

The Foreign Ministry said Denmark is in ‘close consultation’ with its ‘like-minded’ allies regarding the impact of a Netherlands High Court ruling earlier in the week that ordered the Hague government to ban the export of spare parts for F-35 fighter jets used by Israel to bomb the Gaza Strip - the Social Liberals (Radikale) and Red/Greens called for a ban all exports of military equipment to Israel.

Denmark has committed 1,200 military personnel to Steadfast Defender 2024 where some 90,000 troops will carry out drills, primarily in the North Atlantic region and the Nordic countries, for the next four months.

Denmark joined an international collaboration to coordinate the donation of drones to Ukraine.

During talks with government and opposition leaders in Pristina, Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard was offered assurances that the three-year-old plan to send foreign criminals to prisons in Kosovo is still on track.

Denmark was among thirty-two nations to sign the new Ljubljana-Hague convention against international war crimes at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

The European Court of Human Rights affirmed Denmark's strict deportation policies - six cases were deemed satisfactory despite the individuals' close ties to this country.

A 33-year-old exiled Iranian who was committed to psychiatric treatment by Copenhagen District Court last year after attacking the Iranian Ambassador lost his High Court appeal.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol's planned visit to Denmark this week has been postponed.

Social Affairs:

A number of children between 6 and 11 at a school in Køge, south of Copenhagen, have allegedly been threatened, attacked, sexually abused, and even raped by classmates of their own age - the Conservatives’ Rasmus Jarlov said ‘suspicion automatically falls on Middle Eastern immigrant children because the statistics make it likely’.

98,344 people immigrated to Denmark last year, 19% down on 2022 - Ukrainians were the largest group with 8,229 arrivals, around 8% of the total.

The first mink breeder is set to receive compensation under the state's fast-track scheme, although the exact amount remains undisclosed.

Buyer demand for new homes has fallen dramatically - real estate agents received fewer than 2,000 offers for family or holiday dwellings in January, a 45% decline from December and 10% down on the corresponding period last year.

Denmark is set to enhance access to fertility treatment with the introduction of up to six pregnancy tests for singles and couples.

Denmark was again named the world’s cleanest country.

Business:

Boosted by massive profit from its popular diabetes/weight-loss products Ozempic and Wegovy, Novo Nordisk’s holding company announced plans to invest nearly DKK50bn ($7bn) a year by 2030.

Novo Nordisk boss Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen is reaping the benefit of the pharma giant’s record growth – the CEO was paid DKK 68.2m ($9.9 m) last year, 13% up on 2022.

Novo Nordisk’s use use of monkeys for animal testing, banned in this country, continues to rise – the medicinal giant’s annual accounts show its US wing used 807 monkeys for clinical tests last year, 107 more than in 2022.

More than 1.7 million passengers passed through Copenhagen Airport in January, 115,000 more last year.

And That Was The Week That Was, February 12th – 18th 2023: To read all the above articles in full see: http://seven59.dk/archive (subscription required).


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