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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Mads Mikkelsen in 2018. Photo: Mads Joakim Rimer Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

More foreign nationals in employment in Denmark

A significant number of Syrian, Turkish and Iraqi nationals have entered the Danish jobs market in recent years, new data from Statistics Denmark shows.

For Syrians between the ages of 25 and 64, the employment rate increased from 12.2 percent in 2015 to 43.2 percent in 2019, the figures show.

For Turkish people of the same age range, employment increased from 53 percent in 2010 to 57.8 percent in 2019.

The much larger increase in employment amongst Syrians is related to the amount of time spent in Denmark, according to the agency – in 2015, many had recently arrived as refugees.

Isolation leaves its mark on young people, minister says

Activities such as online mealtimes have been advocated by schools minister Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen as a way to help young people as they live with reduced contact with their friends and peers during the coronavirus crisis.

The minister voiced her backing for ideas that “create structure in day to day life that might have been taken out of play” by the coronavirus.

Halsboe-Jørgensen and culture minister Joy Mogensen are to virtually meet with experts and interest organisations today to talk about new ideas and activities that could benefit the well-being of young people during the pandemic.

Health ministry to develop Covid-19 ‘vaccine passport’

The Ministry of Health has confirmed it is working on a Covid-19 ‘vaccine passport’, which would be used to prove vaccination against the virus, Jyllands-Posten reports.

Although the health minister, Magnus Heunicke, has not officially confirmed what the purpose of such documentation would be, the Confederation of Danish Industry has said it would allow the economy to open more quickly if proof of vaccination could be used to access events like concerts or certain types of business.

A Covid-19 passport could also help encourage the general public to get the vaccination once it is available, a spokesperson for GPs told the newspaper.

Mads Mikkelsen gets Johnny Depp role in Fantastic Beasts film

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is to take over from Johnny Depp in the role of evil wizard Grindelwald in the third of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise of films, DR reports.

The films are set in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Pas: Passport
  • Skabning: creature, beast
  • Trivsel: well-being

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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