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Customs efforts criticised The Nordic customs association and politicians are displeased with the “feeble” Danish customs efforts to stop the smuggling of narcotics. Customs agents from Norway and Sweden want the Danish government to increase their efforts in the battle...

Customs efforts criticised
The Nordic customs association and politicians are displeased with the “feeble” Danish customs efforts to stop the smuggling of narcotics. Customs agents from Norway and Sweden want the Danish government to increase their efforts in the battle against narcotics and cannabis smugglers. The Norwegian customs association called Danish border control completely inadequate. Norwegian and Swedish customs have between three and six times the amount of agents working their borders as Denmark. Swedish agents confiscated nearly 500 kilos of cannabis last year, while local agents only netted 118 kilos. The government has promised to step up enforcement efforts, but said it would not be adding more customs agents. – Berlingske

Majority of students take sabbatical
Only one third of students graduate from post-secondary school without taking at least one sabbatical period, according to a new study from business sector lobbying groups Dansk Industri and Arbejderbevægelsens Erhvervsråd. The study indicated that of the 61,094 students who earned a post-secondary degree in 2011, only 20,862 did so without taking a break. The rest have been delayed by an average of more than over two years. The education minister, Christine Antorini (Socialdemokraterne), said that the findings were distressful and that guidance procedures for young students need to be changed. – Politiken

Denmark a prioritised terror target
PET, the nation's intelligence agency, has warned other law enforcement agencies to remain vigilant in 2013 in regards to terror activity. The warning comes via a report developed by PET’s threat evaluators, Centre for Terroranalyse (CTA). The report indicated that the number of terror plots against Denmark and Danish interests abroad have risen in the past two years and that terrorists had actually planned more attacks in recent years than they did during the first Muhammed cartoon crisis between 2005 and 2008. The report also evaluated the overall effect of the Muhammed drawings and found that they have influenced the rise of terror plots since 2010. The report, which can be read here, divides the Muhammed crisis into three parts and analyses its effect on the country. – Jyllands-Posten

New evidence in suburban murder
Police in northern Copenhagen have confirmed that they found fingerprints to go along with the DNA evidence they collected on the man who killed Heidi Abildskov on November 15.  Police theorise that Abildskov, 41, was stabbed in her home in Virum by a burglar. Police say enough evidence was left at the scene to convict a suspect if he is identified. A match to the suspect's DNA was not found in the Danish DNA registry or other registries that have run the profile so far. Police are more optimistic about getting a hit on the fingerprints. Most country's fingerprinting registries are more complete than their DNA banks. The fingerprints have been sent out via Interpol, and so far about one third of the countries have responded that the prints are not in their registries. – Ekstra Bladet

Weather
Cloudy with some snow. Highs around 7 C. Overnight lows around - 1C. – DMI

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