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Swedish expert praises Danish terror approach

A Swedish terrorism researcher who blasted Norway's handling of a recent threat said that the Danes are more proactive and better with their messaging.

Swedish expert praises Danish terror approach
Norwegian police have been on guard since the announcement of an imminent terror attack. Photo: Heiko Junge/Scanpix
A Swedish terrorism expert who had sharp criticism for Norway’s handling of a recent threat had a more positive take on the Danish approach. 
 
Magnus Ranstorp, a terrorism expert at the Swedish National Defence College, told The Local that Norway’s response to reports of an imminent terror attack “created unnecessary anxiety in Norway”.
 
“There are some critical questions we don’t know the answer to," Ranstorp said. "How close was the threat, was it an inevitable trajectory, and how much of it could they control? And we don’t know any of that because the story keeps on changing."
 
A former director of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (Politiets Efterretningstjeneste – PET) has also criticised Norway's handling of the terror threat.
 
"Threats are a reality in any Western intelligence service, and the intelligence agencies should take the responsibility for handling them. In this case, a decision was made to burden citizens with the worries,"  Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen told Berlingske. 
 
 
Ranstorp said that both Sweden and Denmark have gone public about terror threats before, but generally only once the threat is under control and the suspect has been clearly identified.
 
Ranstorp went on to say that Denmark “plays an offensive game” when it comes to terrorist threats.
 
“Denmark has a very open intelligence service, but it’s also one of the more offensive – it takes a very offensive posture, it goes after threats with a great operational pace, both inside and outside of Denmark,” he said. 
 
Ranstorp added that PET has a proactive media approach. 
 
“They regularly publish trend reports on what has gone on in the terrorism world, and they sometimes call journalists for contextual briefings, and then a couple of days later they pounce on a suspect they have had under surveillance,” he said.
 
On Monday evening, Norwegian intelligence authorities announced that they would be lowering the threat level on Tuesday another step – but that the nation is still armed and prepared for an attack. 

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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. 
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