Norway to Denmark: ‘We didn’t ask for help’

Ferry operators have increased security checks for Norway-bound passengers, but the Norwegians said they would rather handle the current terror threat from their end.

Norway to Denmark: 'We didn't ask for help'
Armed Norwegian police check are greeting arriving ferries. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder/Scanpix
With Norway on edge about a potential terror attack, Danish ferry operators have increased security checks on Norway-bound vessels.
According to Norwegian newspaper VG, two Norwegian families and a football team were initially denied entry onto an Oslo-bound Stena Line ferry from Frederikshavn after failing to produce valid passports.
The Norwegians were eventually allowed to board after showing their driving licences. 
“The rules say that 100 percent of the people wanting to sail to Norway need to show a valid passport or ID number and we need to enforce that,” Stena Line spokesman Jesper Waltersson told VG.
The ferry company Fjord Line also reported increasing its security levels on Norway-bound ships. 
Rather than thanking the Danes for the vigilance, the Norwegian authorities said that it was unnecessary for Danish ferry operators to get involved in Norway’s current security efforts.
“Here in Norway we carry out controls based on the  intelligence work done here. We have not asked other countries to help us with this work,” John Ståle Stamnes, the assistant commissioner at the Norwegian Police Directorate, told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
Stamnes said the Norwegian police have received many security inquires from Denmark. 
Since the Norwegian Security Police warned on Thursday of an “imminent” terror attack, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (Politiets Efterretningstjeneste – PET) has been keeping close tabs on the developments. PET did not, however, change the overall terror assessment in Denmark based on the Norwegian threat.
Norwegian police said on Sunday that the terror threats that have disrupted the country stem from a a group of radical extremists who have recently left Syria.
The Local Norway has more updates on the terror threat.  

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New Covid-19 cases make Denmark a banned country by own criteria

The infection rate in Denmark is now so high that if it were a foreign country, its residents would now be banned from entering Denmark for leisure purposes.

New Covid-19 cases make Denmark a banned country by own criteria
Tourists queue for a canal trip around central Copenhagen in mid-July. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix
According to the latest figures from SSI, the country's infectious disease agency, Denmark registered 3,486 new infections between September 1st and September 15th, bringing its weekly average to 30.02 infections per 100,000 citizens. 
Danish authorities ban tourists from countries where the number of new cases of infection per 100,000 exceeds 30 per week, and Danish residents are advised against travelling to them.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has already advised its government to put the last open regions of Denmark on its red list, meaning the entire country is likely to be off limits from  Saturday.   

According to the UK's Daily Telegraph, Denmark could be removed from the UK's quarantine-free travel list later today. 

At the same time, the Copenhagen capital region is now above the German travel threshold of 50 new infections per 100,000. 
“It's a huge challenge. We must really hope that we get a handle on the infection in Denmark,” Anders Rosbo, head of communications at the tourist organisation Visit Denmark, told state broadcaster DR
“If [the infection rate] develops so much that even Germany advises its citizens not to come up here, then it will be a major disaster.” 
German citizens accounted for a full third of the tourists visiting Copenhagen in July. 
Rosbo said that the agency had already stopped a marketing campaign in Norway and expected it would also have to pull the autumn campaign it had planned to launch in The Netherlands.