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Copenhagen to Incentivize Tourists to Pick Up Trash

4-week test will reward those who do so with free wine, kayak rentals

(Newser) - Picking up trash is rarely on one's vacation to-do list, but travelers to Copenhagen will soon be incentivized to do so. The BBC reports the Danish capital plans to up its green reputation by rewarding tourists who do things like collect litter or travel around the city using bikes...

In This Nation, Getting to Work Takes Just 17 Minutes

Denmark boasts shortest commute time in the world, per AHTI Games stats

(Newser) - Looking for the shortest, sweetest commute? Consider Scandinavia. That's per AHTI Games, which crunched the numbers to figure out how long it takes to get from home to work across the globe, per Digital Journal . Denmark tops the list, with an average commute time of just 17 minutes. Neighbor...

Danish Farmers Will Pay Tax on Their Gassy Cows

World-first carbon tax will begin in 2030

(Newser) - In a world first, Denmark will tax livestock farmers for the greenhouse gases emitted by their cows, sheep, and pigs beginning in 2030. The country is targeting the major source of methane emissions as part of an effort to reduce Danish greenhouse gas emissions by 70% from 1990 levels by...

Denmark Recalls Spicy Noodles Over 'Acute Poisoning' Risk

They're recalled despite, apparently, no actual problems having been reported

(Newser) - Food authorities in Denmark have recalled three types of spicy instant noodle products imported from South Korea over possible risks for "acute poisoning," the AP reports. Consumers are asked to discard them or return the noodles to the retailer. The noodles are made by Seoul-based Samyang Foods, one...

Prime Minister's Injuries From Attack Are Minor

Suspect appears in Danish court, saying he has no grievance against Mette Frederiksen

(Newser) - The prime minister of Denmark is dealing with minor whiplash after being attacked Friday in Copenhagen but is otherwise unharmed, her office said Saturday. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was rushed to a hospital after the assault to be checked, the statement said. She was shaken by the attack and canceled...

'Best Open Secret Ever' Could Sell for $72M

Butter magnate LE Bruun had asked that coin collection be safeguarded for 100 years before sale

(Newser) - The vast coin collection of a Danish butter magnate is set to finally go on sale a century after his death and could fetch up to $72 million. Lars Emil Bruun, also known as LE Bruun, stipulated in his will that his 20,000-piece collection be safeguarded for 100 years...

Fire Rages Through Iconic Danish Building

Citizens scrambled to save treasures from Copenhagen's Old Stock Exchange

(Newser) - A fire raged through one of Copenhagen's oldest buildings on Tuesday, causing the collapse of the iconic spire of the 17th-century Old Stock Exchange as passersby rushed to help emergency services save priceless paintings and other valuables. Danish Culture Minister Jakob Engel-Schmidt said it was "touching" to see...

Denmark Will Conscript Women for Military Service

Becoming just the 3rd European country to do so

(Newser) - Denmark will become just the third European country to conscript women for military service starting in 2026, the Danish government announced Wednesday. Norway started conscripting women in 2015, and Sweden in 2017. The announcement was one of a few made to address what the prime minister said are major defense...

In Denmark, It's Now 'God Save the King'
It Is a Huge Day in Denmark

It Is a Huge Day in Denmark

Queen Margrethe abdicates after 52-year reign, making way for son Frederik X

(Newser) - Denmark's Queen Margrethe II signed her historic abdication on Sunday, paving the way for her son Frederik X to immediately become king, Danish broadcaster DR reported. Margrethe, 83, is the first Danish monarch to voluntarily relinquish the throne in nearly 900 years since King Erik III Lam stepped down to...

From 'Party Prince' to Denmark's King: Meet Crown Prince Frederik

He'll become king when his mother abdicates January 14

(Newser) - Crown Prince Frederik will become king of Denmark on January 14 when his mother, Queen Margrethe II, steps down. The world's only reigning queen, her abdication announcement Sunday came as a surprise, but the 83-year-old said that 52 years on the throne is long enough . What to know about...

Queen's New Year's Surprise: I'm Abdicating

Margrethe refers to limitations of aging in telling the nation that her son will ascend to Denmark's throne

(Newser) - Queen Margrethe II told Denmark on Sunday that she plans to step down in two weeks, turning the largely ceremonial monarchy over to her son, Crown Prince Frederik, after 52 years on the throne. "Such an amount will leave its mark on anybody—also on me! The time takes...

Germany Makes Arrests, Saying It Foiled Hamas Plot

Denmark reports uncovering planned attack, showing that 'Danish Jews are under threat'

(Newser) - Germany announced the arrests Thursday of four men it said are members of Hamas who were planning attacks on European Jewish sites. A prosecutor said the four are longtime Hamas members with connections to the terrorist group's military branch, the Wall Street Journal reports. Hamas and its affiliates are...

Drug Gangs Threaten Peace of Famous Squatter Commune

'New York Times' explores how drug gangs threaten the future of Christiania after 50 years

(Newser) - A Danish commune's 50-year run as a semiautonomous district in the heart of Copenhagen may be slowly rolling to its end. The New York Times visits Christiania today, with a look into its history alongside the residents who have called it home for decades. The threat of more recent...

This Is the Most Innovative Nation on Earth

Switzerland is No. 1, again, while the US falls one spot

(Newser) - Monday has already proven a banner day for innovation, with the Nobel Prize in medicine bestowed on Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman for their work that helped develop the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. Now, certain nations around the world can crow about their placement on the World Intellectual Property Organization's...

Unknowingly Kept From Having Kids, They Want a Nation to Pay

67 women in Greenland demand Denmark provide compensation for involuntary birth control

(Newser) - A group of women are demanding Greenland's former colonial ruler Denmark pay millions of dollars in compensation for an involuntary birth-control campaign launched in the 1960s to limit births among Greenland's Indigenous population. Records show 4,500 intrauterine devices were fitted into females as young as 13 without...

'Take the Money and Run' Artist Told to Bring Back the Money

Jens Haaning ordered to return money to museum after he produced blank canvases

(Newser) - The Danish artist who took the money and ran—specifically, he took the money Denmark's Kunsten Museum of Modern Art gave him to reproduce two of his prior works, but instead of recreating them he simply gave the museum two blank canvases he called "Take the Money and...

Netherlands, Denmark Come Through on F-16s
Ukraine to Get Coveted F-16s

Ukraine to Get Coveted F-16s

US had backed transfer once pilots are trained

(Newser) - President Volodymyr Zelensky has long been calling for Western nations to supply his armed forces with F-16 fighter jets, a plea that has become more urgent as Russian air dominance has slowed Ukraine's counteroffensive . On Sunday, Zelensky visited the Netherlands and Denmark to receive the promise of the fighters...

In Old Danish Paintings, Researchers Make a Beery Find

Danish masters used brewery byproducts as a primer

(Newser) - Painters' studios in the 19th-century Danish Golden Age probably smelled a lot like breweries. In a study published in Science Advances , researchers say they discovered that Danish masters including Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, considered the father of Danish painting, used an "unconventional binder" to prepare their canvases—the byproducts of...

Report: Russia Is Spying With Civilian Boats

Nordic public broadcasters say they've uncovered spying program in the North Sea

(Newser) - A joint investigation by the public broadcasters of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland has uncovered a large fleet of Russian spy ships allegedly posing as fishing vessels in the North Sea. The broadcasters—DR in Denmark, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, and Yle in Finland—say about 50 Russian...

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth




This Is the
Happiest
Nation on Earth

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth

The honors go to Finland, per annual World Happiness Report; US comes in 15th

(Newser) - It may be cold in the Nordic countries, but residents' hearts are warm. At least, that's what the 10th annual World Happiness Report found during this year's ranking of 137 nations. Per the Verge , the report—which uses study data and self-assessed life evaluations—found that we've...

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