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

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 Monday
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will brief new Covid-19 restrictions on Monday. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

Additional coronavirus restrictions incoming

Further coronavirus restrictions are to be announced today, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has confirmed. The PM is scheduled to detail the measures at a briefing at noon, DR reports.

In a video she posted on social media, Frederiksen said the new restrictions would take the form of a “geographical, targeted, partial lockdown” in Aarhus, Odense, Copenhagen and municipalities on Zealand and around the capital city. News wire Ritzau is reporting 38 municipalities will be encompassed, which is more than a third of all local authorities in Denmark.

Copenhagen restrictions announced last week take force in full today, but Denmark has seen an increase in infections in recent days. This appears to have prompted further action from the government.

We’ll report the new restrictions in full as soon as we have them.

New lab in Aarhus boosts testing capacity

A new laboratory at Skejby University Hospital in Aarhus is set to give Denmark’s testing capacity a shot in the arm. The lab will be able to process 5,000 tests per day initially, but that will increase to 30,000 by the end of the month, DR writes.

This will increase daily testing capacity and reducing result waiting times, particularly for people in Jutland.

New farm to grow salad on 14-storey ‘vertical fields’

Agriculture firm Nordic Harvest is today presenting an innovative approach to farming with a new 14-storey salad farm in Taastrup near Copenhagen, broadcaster DR reports.

The multi-storey vegetable patch will use LED lights to ensure photosynthesis, according to the report.

No winter weather yet, despite colder temperatures this week

After a mild start to December, it’s going to feel colder this week – but don’t expect any sleighing or snowball fights yet.

Monday could see up to 9 degrees Celsius on the thermometer before a dip which will last the rest of the week, though the temperature will still be above freezing during the day. Wednesday is likely to see rain, according the meteorological agency DMI.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Nedlukning: lockdown
  • Etage: storey, level (in building)
  • Frysepunktet: freezing point



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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums.