Last call as historic spirits leave Denmark

Tradition-rich Danish spirits Gammel Dansk and Aalborg Akvavit will now be produced in Oslo, leading Aalborg to raise their glasses in a bittersweet toast as the last batch left town.

Last call as historic spirits leave Denmark
Schnapps and aquavit bearing Aalborg's name will now be produced in Norway. Photo: Brian Bergmann
After 84 years of production in northern Jutland, Danish Distillers (De Danske Spritfabrikkerne) made its final batch of liquor on Danish soil on Monday. 
The company, which produces such iconic Danish spirits as Gammel Dansk and Aalborg Akvavit, has shut down its production in Aalborg and relocated to Norway. 
“We are saying goodbye to a significant company that has been a part of Aalborg’s brand for many years. I think there are a lot of people who think it is sad,” Aalborg’s mayor, Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, told broadcaster DR. 
Ever since Danish Distillers established its Aalborg factory in 1931, spirits bearing the city’s name have been sent around the world. 
The company also produces the iconic bitter Gammel Dansk, a mainstay on Danish tables at major holidays. 
Now the tradition-rich Danish brands will be produced in Norway. The names, however, will remain the same.
“It is a very important brand worth a lot of money. And we think it is important to hold tight to the fantastic history created by Aalborg Akvavit,” Lars Kragelund of the Norwegian firm Arcus Gruppen, which owns De Danske Spritfabrikker, told DR. 
Danish Distillers’ 14 employees at the Aalborg facility are out of a job with the move. As the final batch of schnapps left the facility on Monday, they sent it on its way with a melancholic rendition of a Danish drinking song.  

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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.