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

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 Tuesday
Rain over the Danish west coast. Photo: John Randeris/Ritzau Scanpix

Major job losses at telecommunications company

Telecommunications company TDC is to let up to 500 staff go, Finans reports. The company, Denmark’s largest telecommunications firm, previously fired 150 people earlier this year.

The job losses are related to outgoing “tasks and products”, a source from the company said. That is despite an increase in the use of telecommunications products during the coronavirus pandemic.

West Jutland residents to be mass tested for Covid-19

Up to 115,000 people living in the West Jutland regions of Holstebro and Ringkøbing-Skjern have been asked to take a Covid-19 test in the coming weeks and keep social contacts to a minimum, the government announced yesterday afternoon.

A number of confirmed cases in people who have worked on mink fur farms in the region are the reason for the local measures.

You can read more on this story here.

Health minister knew of threat from mink mutation in September

Newspaper Information is reporting a story that has the potential to throw the government even further into the mire over its response to coronavirus outbreaks and mutations amongst fur farm mink.

According to the report, health minister Magnus Heunicke was aware as early as September 22nd that mutations of the coronavirus in mink could be a concern in relation to potential vaccines. Former agriculture minister Mogens Jensen, who resigned last week, was criticised for taking too long to react to the potential threat.

The culling of all minks in the country was announced on November 4th.

READ ALSO: Danish corona mink mutation 'most likely eradicated'

Driving license now available in digital form

It is now possible to download Denmark’s driving license app, so you can carry you license on your mobile device.

Under Danish traffic laws, motorists must have their driving licenses with them while driving, but the digital option will mean it’s no longer necessary to carry a physical card.

We’ll have full details on this in an article later today.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Kørekort: Driving license
  • At tilbagehold: to withhold
  • Værdi: value

 

 

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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

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