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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
The train station in re-opened Brønderslev. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

New ‘ghetto list’ to be published

The government will today publish its annual update of the so-called ‘ghetto list’ of underprivileged neighbourhoods and residential areas across the country.

The housing ministry is required by law to update the list each year. Areas on the list must meet a set number of criteria in order to be included. The criteria relate to factors including ethnic background, employment status and income.

The list is relevant because, under the ‘ghetto plan’, areas on the list can be subjected to special treatment under the law, including stricter punishments for crimes and housing reforms which can force people to move.

The government’s use of the word ‘ghetto’ for lawmaking purposes may feel jarring to those used to hearing the term in English. It is arguably less pejorative in Danish, although the current housing minister has previously said he’d prefer it not to be used.

Our map from 2019 shows the locations of areas currently on the list.

READ ALSO: Denmark's 'ghetto plan' unlikely to solve problems faced by underprivileged areas: residents 

Guilty verdict in Bornholm murder trial

A jury at the Bornholm district court yesterday found two brothers guilty of murdering a 28-year-old man, whom they knew, by beating him to death.

The two brothers admitted gross violence but denied they intended to kill.

The case became an international story in the summer when the New York Times reported it, pointing out that the victim was Black and authorities' insistence the incident was not a hate crime. This drew a response from fact checkers and prosecutors in Denmark, who denied a racist motive. In court, the brothers said they beat the victim because they believed he had sexually assaulted their mother.

A sentence is expected to be given this afternoon.

All North Jutland extra coronavirus restrictions lifted

The last of the local coronavirus restrictions placed on North Jutland last month, after outbreaks of Covid-19 at mink farms in the region, has now been lifted.

That means people living in the region now only need to follow national guidelines and don’t need to worry about the remaining additional measures, which had affected child care facilities, schools, youth education institutions and universities.

Infection rates are falling in the seven municipalities which were encompassed by the local restrictions, according to the Ministry of Health.

Local coronavirus measures in Copenhagen area confirmed

Meanwhile, the Copenhagen area is going to see some local restrictions in response to heightened infection numbers in and around the capital, as we initially reported yesterday.

Health minister Magnus Heunicke has confirmed that tightened measures will be applied in the area, and that these will be announced today. We’ll report the announcement in detail once it comes in.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Udsat boligområde: underprivileged residential area
  • Anklager: prosecutor
  • Særlige tiltag: special, extraordinary measures



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