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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
Both sides of the Little Belt Bridge will come under partial lockdown on Friday. Photo: Frank Cilius/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.

Partial lockdown extended to 80 percent of population

As we reported yesterday, the partial lockdown which took effect on Wednesday has now been extended. From 4pm today, all of Central Jutland and Zealand will be under tight Covid-19 restrictions, as will some areas outside those two regions including Aalborg, Vejle, Fredericia and Middelfart along with already-locked-down Odense. Around 80 percent of the population now comes under the restrictions.

Click here for a map showing the 69 municipalities which will be under partial lockdown from Friday, and here for an outline of the rules.

READ ALSO: How will Denmark's partial lockdown affect Christmas celebrations?

Travel guidelines to be updated

The Danish foreign ministry regularly updates its coronavirus-related travel guidance at this time of the week (the day has been changed from Thursday to Friday).

A recent announcement that foreign travel guidelines will now be applied regionally, rather than by country, is expected to take effect.

A change to a regional model has been strongly advocated by Denmark's tourism industry, but Covid-19 prevalence across the Europe is currently at such a level that the change to a regional model is unlikely to immediately impact travel in practice.

We’ll report any major changes that could affect our readers.

New rail connection to Aalborg Airport

People in northern city Aalborg can from now on – or once travel is possible again – get to the airport more conveniently.

In a time in which the air travel industry is under massive stress, an opening ceremony for a long-awaited rail connection between the city and airport is to take place today. The ceremony has been moved forward 24 hours so that it can be completed before Aalborg comes under lockdown, according to DR.

Mink scandal to be subject of full official enquiry

The government’s conduct in issuing an illegal directive to cull healthy mink is to be fully investigated in an official enquiry known in Danish as granskningskommission – literally, an investigative commission (linguistic digression: Danish usually uses the word undersøgelse when talking about an investigation, but in this case granskning, more common in Norwegian, has been deployed).

An enquiry of this type can only be initiated by a parliamentary majority – parties on both sides of the aisle support it. Witnesses can be called and the enquiry is likely to be completed some time next year.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Tilgang: approach, policy
  • Indvielse: opening ceremony
  • Granskningskommission: official enquiry



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