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

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 Wednesday
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Covid-19 lockdown extended to entire country

The government has announced that the partial lockdown currently in effect in 69 municipalities will apply to the entire country from 4pm today. High infection rates and increasing hospitalisations were cited as reasons for the decision.

The situation is particularly serious in Copenhagen, where the infection rate is currently 822.1 per 100,000 residents.

Read our report in full here, including details of the partial lockdown rules, and more here on how the lockdown can affect Christmas plans.

One in three Danes still unsure about vaccine

A third of all people responding to a new survey in Denmark said they were either unsure or did not want to be given a Covid-19 vaccine once it is available in the country.

16 percent said they did not want to be vaccinated, while 20 percent said they were unsure. Those numbers are similar to a previous poll from September. The polls were conducted by Epinion on behalf of broadcaster DR.

Greater Copenhagen region to postpone non-emergency procedures

The health authority for the greater Copenhagen region, Region Hovedstaden, is to postpone up to 40 percent of non-acute investigations and treatments, Ritzau reports. That follows a similar announcement by the Central Jutland region, which has postponed 400 non-acute procedures between now and January.

The postponements come as hospitals look to ensure enough capacity for the increasing number of coronavirus admissions. Individual hospitals in the capital region will make the call on the extent of postponements, depending on the number of coronavirus patients they have as well as staff shortages.

Nationally, 439 people are currently admitted to hospital with the coronavirus. During the spring wave, that figure peaked at just over 500.

Parliament agrees on deal for police funding

A cross-aisle political majority has backed a deal to fund the Danish police in the coming years. The funding provides for 450 new officers and new weapons, justice minister Nick Hækkerup said as the deal was announced.

The parliamentary agreement gives political framework for the police and prosecution service in Denmark and was overdue, having originally been scheduled for completion last year.

READ ALSO: Why is Denmark's police asking for new service weapons?

Danish vocabulary:

  • Tvivl: doubt
  • Forlig: Settlement, compromise, agreement (political, legal)
  • At udskyde: to postpone

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Why the US climate deal is a boon for Denmark, a plan to help first-time home buyers, and a prince and princess at your child's high school are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Liberal party to propose tax deductions for first-time home buyers 

While the government remains skeptical, the Liberal Party (Venstre) will Monday present its plan to make home ownership more accessible in Denmark. 

Under the proposal, first-time home buyers could receive a 20 percent tax reduction on up to 50,000 kroner per year for five years, according to newspaper Berlingske. In five years, a couple could together save 500,000 kroner and get a tax benefit of 100,000 kroner. 

How the Liberal Party would fund the tax benefit, which is estimated to cost 1 billion kroner a year, remains unclear. While they count with the support of the Conservatives and the Danish People’s Party, the government opposes the plan.

READ MORE: Danish apartment sales cool to eight-year low  

Green energy sector in Denmark to see boost from US climate plan 

The United States Senate passed a $370 billion package — that’s 2.7 trillion kroner — earmarked for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases by 2030. A considerable chunk of that money could end up in Denmark, according to green energy experts, and particularly in the pockets of Danish wind energy companies. 

The USA also has its own companies that will bid,” says Kristian Jensen of business organisation Green Power Denmark. “But we can see that the Danish wind turbine manufacturers are unique in terms of having high quality and long durability of the turbines.” 

READ MORE: Danish offshore wind could help Europe ditch fossil fuels 

Danish royal students go mainstream 

After a TV2 documentary revealed a culture of bullying at elite boarding school Herlufsholm, the royal family pulled Prince Christian, 16, and Princess Isabella, 15, from their enrollments. 

At the start of the new term today, Isabella begins at Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasium in Østerbro and Christian will attend Ordrup Gymnasium in Charlottenlund, about 20 minutes’ drive north of Copenhagen. 

“What characterizes the chosen schools is that they are quite normal,” says Thomas Larsen, political editor at Radio4 and author of books on the Danish royals. “It is not a boarding school that is largely reserved for the children of the elite. And therefore I believe that the choices they have made now will be well received by the Danes.”  

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