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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
A woman wearing a face mask in a Danish supermarket. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Correction to face mask rule

Extended face mask requirements came into force last week, and the stark change was clear to see in supermarkets from Brædstrup to Copenhagen.

But it’s not just shops that now require the use of the protective equipment. All indoor public places are encompassed, and that means authorities had to set out guidelines for their use at universities, schools and childcare facilities.

Initially, guidelines stated that school children, teachers and childcare staff are not required to wear a face mask while at schools or childcare facilities, but that teachers and childcare staff are now permitted to do so if they wish.

This has now been corrected by the Ministry of Children and Education, which said in a statement that teachers and childcare staff (pædagoger in Danish) are not required to wear visors while at schools or childcare facilities, but may do so if they wish. However, they are not allowed to wear face masks at all, because these prevent children from seeing adults’ facial expressions.

Far right party in negotiations over cartoons

Far right anti-immigration party Nye Borgelige (New Right), which has a handful of seats in parliament, wants to print cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in Danish newspapers in response to Islamist violence and murders in France, sparked after a teacher was killed for showing the cartoons to his students.

Danish media have generally been supportive of the plan, in keeping with Denmark’s tradition of upholding free speech – even if the message is disagreeable – but some have hesitated to agree to print the cartoons out of safety concerns for their staff.

Nye Borgelige is now in talks with French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo over getting permission to print the cartoons before moving forwards with the plan to print them in Danish newspapers.

700,000 electric cars by 2030?

The government is trying to find ways to achieve climate goals it set itself last year, which are beginning to look increasingly unattainable. But a goal of 700,000 electric cars on the roads could become a part of the road forward if a new government target is added, according to newspaper Information.

The figure of 700,000 looks on initial glance to be a compromise between environmental, business and economic assessments on how to reduce fossil fuel use in the private transport sector.

READ ALSO: Denmark could make fossil-fuel cars cost more in effort to hit climate goal

Half a million kroner raised for mother after loss of daughter

In a story so terrible it doesn’t bear thinking about, over 500,000 kroner have been raised in support of the mother of a five-year-old girl who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run incident in Copenhagen last week. The little girl lost her life when she and her mother were run over by a car in Frederiksberg. The mother survived the crash.

Since then, a collection started by parents from the kindergarten attended by the girl have raised funds to help her mother to get the help she will need. The original target for the collection was 25,000 kroner, DR reports.

A 21-year-old man who fled the scene of the accident was arrested a few days later and is now remanded in custody. He is suspected of aggravated manslaughter.

Private company launches fast-response Covid-19 tests

Falck, a private company which operates healthcare, assistance, safety services and emergency assistance, is to offer coronavirus tests which provide answers within 15 minutes.

The tests, which work by detecting antigens, are to be offered for the price of 299 kroner at six testing centres in Denmark, DR reports.

“Private individuals can come to our six test centres across the country and get a test with an answer within 15 minutes,” head of quality Martin Belzer told DR.

The fast-response tests are, however, less sensitive than the regular PCR tests used in the normal Danish testing system, the broadcaster writes. A professor and specialist from Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet told the broadcaster he would “not initially recommend” the private test.

Denmark has registered record numbers of new cases of coronavirus in recent days.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Pædagog: qualified childcare or social care worker
  • Lyntest: fast (coronavirus) test
  • Elbil: electric car

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Why the US climate deal is a boon for Denmark, a plan to help first-time home buyers, and a prince and princess at your child's high school are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Liberal party to propose tax deductions for first-time home buyers 

While the government remains skeptical, the Liberal Party (Venstre) will Monday present its plan to make home ownership more accessible in Denmark. 

Under the proposal, first-time home buyers could receive a 20 percent tax reduction on up to 50,000 kroner per year for five years, according to newspaper Berlingske. In five years, a couple could together save 500,000 kroner and get a tax benefit of 100,000 kroner. 

How the Liberal Party would fund the tax benefit, which is estimated to cost 1 billion kroner a year, remains unclear. While they count with the support of the Conservatives and the Danish People’s Party, the government opposes the plan.

READ MORE: Danish apartment sales cool to eight-year low  

Green energy sector in Denmark to see boost from US climate plan 

The United States Senate passed a $370 billion package — that’s 2.7 trillion kroner — earmarked for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases by 2030. A considerable chunk of that money could end up in Denmark, according to green energy experts, and particularly in the pockets of Danish wind energy companies. 

The USA also has its own companies that will bid,” says Kristian Jensen of business organisation Green Power Denmark. “But we can see that the Danish wind turbine manufacturers are unique in terms of having high quality and long durability of the turbines.” 

READ MORE: Danish offshore wind could help Europe ditch fossil fuels 

Danish royal students go mainstream 

After a TV2 documentary revealed a culture of bullying at elite boarding school Herlufsholm, the royal family pulled Prince Christian, 16, and Princess Isabella, 15, from their enrollments. 

At the start of the new term today, Isabella begins at Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasium in Østerbro and Christian will attend Ordrup Gymnasium in Charlottenlund, about 20 minutes’ drive north of Copenhagen. 

“What characterizes the chosen schools is that they are quite normal,” says Thomas Larsen, political editor at Radio4 and author of books on the Danish royals. “It is not a boarding school that is largely reserved for the children of the elite. And therefore I believe that the choices they have made now will be well received by the Danes.”