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

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
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Government to provide summary of illegal mink directive

The government is today scheduled to present to parliament its version of events that led to an illegal order to cull minks.

After mutated forms of coronavirus were detected in minks at Danish fur farms, the government ordered all animals in the country to be destroyed, including at farms with no cases of coronavirus. But it later emerged that there was no legal basis for such an order.

With opposition parties now demanding a full enquiry into the illegal directive, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s government will present its account of what occurred today.


Where are Denmark’s current coronavirus hotspots?

We’ve taken a look at the latest data for infection levels by municipality in Denmark, and it’s fair to say that no part of the country has been spared the current high numbers.

Areas close to Copenhagen as well as spots in Jutland appear have relatively high current infection rates, when measured as the number per 100,000 residents over the last week.

We’ll be updating our map today, so you can see the visualisation.

Denmark currently has 259 Covid-19 inpatients, 41 of which are in intensive care, with 26 of these receiving ventilator treatment. This is a stark increase from the early part of the autumn but still lower than the peak in the spring.

New Danish motorway could be a step closer

Plans to build a new motorway in Jutland appear to have taken a step forward after the Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet) completed its recommendations for a possible motorway connecting Billund, where Denmark’s second-largest airport is located, with other parts of Jutland.

The roads authority has based its recommendations on issues including social and environmental impacts related to building the motorway, Jyllands-Posten reports.

Report raises concerns over increasing obesity in teenagers

A report by the National Institute for Public Health (Statens Institut for Folkesundhed) concludes that as many as one in five teenagers in Denmark is overweight, with that figure increasing to one in three if their parents are from lower education backgrounds, news wire Ritzau reports this morning.

Those figures are alarming, because they suggest an increase in the number of overweight adults in coming years and therefore higher prevalence of associated diseases such as diabetes, as well as an increased risk factor for cancer, a spokesperson from the Danish Cancer Society said.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Risikofaktor: risk factor
  • Redegørelse: summary, account
  • Anbefaling: recommendation
  • At kræve: to demand, to require

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Maddening airport queues, new Nato members, and unnecessary amputations are among the top news stories in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Arrive early and expect to wait at CPH 

Airport officials say many passengers missed their flights due to monster queues at Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport during the Great Prayer Day weekend. 

They expect much the same from the Ascension Day holiday coming up next week, with 70,000 passengers set to fly. 

“We advise all passengers that if you are travelling within Europe, you should arrive two hours before your flight, and if you are travelling outside Europe, to the US or Asia, you should arrive three hours before,” Peter Krogsgaard, Kastrup Airport’s commercial director, told Danish broadcaster DR. 

Sweden and Finland to apply to Nato 

Reversing two centuries of military non-alignment, Swedish officials announced their intention to apply to Nato in lockstep with Finland yesterday. 

Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen joined her counterparts from Norway and Iceland in a pledge to defend both countries “by all means necessary” should they face military threats before their Nato membership is finalised. 

Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin says she expects her country to be a full member by the year’s end, if not sooner. 

READ ALSO: Norway and Denmark give guarantee to Nordic neighbours over Nato bids

More hospitals, regions to be investigated for “unnecessary amputations” 

A recent review of medical data revealed that up to 47 unnecessary bone amputations have been performed annually in Denmark due to late interventions and substandard preventative care in Central Jutland.

Now, the investigation will be expanded to South Denmark, Zealand, and the Greater Copenhagen region (North Jutland was included in the first round of review). 

The initial investigation in Central Jutland revolved around a cluster of cases at the Aarhus University Hospital and the Viborg regional hospital. Patients who received a leg amputation at the “hip, thigh, knee or lower leg” due to vascular issues in recent years have been contacted by government officials and informed of their rights. 

READ ALSO: Dozens of hospital patients in Denmark may have had ‘avoidable’ leg amputations