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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
The train station in re-opened Brønderslev. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

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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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Eighty-six weekend flights cancelled and a major setback for Copenhagen's artificial peninsula project are among the top headlines in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Cancelled flights reflect dire staff shortage 

This past weekend, 86 flights to and from Danish airports were cancelled, according to Danish airline news outlet Check-in.

By their calculations, that meant that 10,000-12,000 passengers were left at the gates. Half of the cancellations were by the beleaguered SAS, which nixed 42 flights in and out of Copenhagen alone. 

“We currently have high sickness absence, [technology issues and a late flight from a partner airline, ed.] and we already have a tight staffing situation, Alexandra Lindgren Kaoukji, SAS spokesperson in Denmark, told Check-in.  

READ ALSO: What are your rights if your flight is cancelled in Denmark? 

New Herlufsholm chairman: culture creates ‘problems for the weak,’ while ‘the strong’ manage

The latest wrinkle in the Herlufsholm scandal is the appointment of Jon Stokholm, former Danish Supreme Court Justice, as chairman of the board. 

The 71-year-old told newswire Ritzau that he believes Herlufsholm’s emphasis on individualism was where the school went wrong. 

“Such a culture creates problems for the weak,” Stokholm said. “The strong will cope.” (This seems an unusual way to describe students at a school struggling with bullying.) 

READ ALSO: Danish royal children withdrawn from controversial boarding school 

Artificial peninsula project Lynetteholm faces major setback 

Copenhagen’s dreams for a self-financing Lynetteholm, the new Copenhagen district to be built on a manmade peninsula in the harbour, have shattered like a ‘broken Kinder egg,”  mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen told broadcaster DR

New number-crunching by the ministry of transportation reveals that the profits from selling plots of land on future Lynetteholm, which promised to fund the creation of a metro connection and an eastern road ring, are likely to fall far short of that figure. 

The project was designed to solve three problems in one fell swoop — its creators say Lynetteholm will ameliorate the Copenhagen housing shortage, reduce congestion in the rest of the city and protect the mainland from storm surges in the face of climate change. 

READ ALSO: Danish parliament gives go ahead to giant artificial island off Copenhagen

Pollution linked to 10 percent of Europe’s cancer cases 

The European Environment Agency released a report today that concludes more than 10 percent of all cancer cases in Europe are preventable — because they can be tied to pollution. 

“Together, exposure to air pollution, carcinogenic chemicals, radon, UV radiation and passive smoking can account for over ten percent of the cancer burden in Europe,” the EEA wrote in a statement. 

Cancer cases due to exposure to radiation or chemical carcinogens can be reduced to “an almost insignificant level,” environment and health expert at the EEA Gerardo Sanchez told reporters last week. 

Of special interest to Danes, who sometimes eschew sunscreen during the summer months, should be the EEA’s calculation that four percent of European cancer cases are linked to natural UV radiation from the sun.