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

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 Tuesday
Transport vehicles parked outside the Pfizer factory in Puurs, Belgium. Photo: Bart Biesemans/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Sweden blocks travel from Denmark

Sweden has announced it is barring travellers from Denmark over concerns of an influx of Christmas shoppers amid rising numbers of coronavirus infections.

Swedish citizens are exempt from the entry ban, as are non-citizens who live or work in Sweden, and people working in transportation of goods.

Shopping malls are currently closed in Denmark under Covid-19 restrictions, and all non-essential shops will close when a lockdown comes into full effect on Christmas Day.

More on this story here.

Year-long ban on mink farming approved by parliament

A new law bans the keeping of minks for a year, following the controversial cull of all minks over a mutated strain of the novel coronavirus.

The law effectively removes a legal challenge that has shaken the government after it in early November ordered all minks in country culled, although it still faces an official enquiry over a previous illegal order to cull minks.

Here’s the story in full.

EU approves Pfizer vaccine, paving way for rollout in Denmark

The EU Commission has given the green light to the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use across the European Union, following hot on the heels of approval by the European Medicines Agency.

Denmark has previously said it is ready to begin vaccinating as soon as supplies reach the country.

Capacity to be increased at hospitals in greater Copenhagen

The number of Covid-19 inpatients at Denmark currently stands at 713, the highest level throughout the pandemic.

That is being felt particularly in the Hovedstaden (Greater Copenhagen) healthcare region, which currently has 389 patients admitted with the virus – a steep increase from the 103 patients who were hospitalised at the beginning of December.

The region is now working to increase capacity for coronavirus patients, Ritzau reports, because the number of patients has broken through existing contingency planning to ensure there were enough beds for people admitted with the virus.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

NemID back in service, consequences for Herlufsholm, and the prime minister's push to put more children in foster care are among the top stories in Denmark this Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

NemID back to normal — mostly 

After five days in which about a third of users were unable to access NemID, things returned to working order on Saturday, according to NemID’s parent company Nets. 

However, some pages and services that require a NemID login may still have problems, Nets says. That’s because some subscribe to a “special service” at Nets that is still being repaired, though they hope to have these back online as well today. 

Brace for the Tour 

A steady stream of events this week will build up to the start of the Tour de France on Friday. Today, the Tour’s general director Christian Prudhomme will join Copenhagen mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen and Tivoli CEO Susanne Mørch Koch in discussing plans for the three stages in Denmark. 

Tomorrow, Danish children will take the driver’s seat and interview several of the riders at Bella Center. Expect the kind of insightful questions your nine to fourteen year old asks. 

Copenhagen will host a 13 km time trial on Friday. 

READ ALSO: MAP: Details of 2022 Tour de France (and Denmark) revealed

Frederiksen wants…more children in foster care? 

Last year, 6.6% fewer children were removed from their families and taken into state care, the lowest number in a decade, according to Statistics Denmark. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sees this not as cause for celebration, newswire Ritzau reports, but cause for concern. 

In her 2020 New Year’s speech, Frederiksen pushed for more children should be removed from their parents in favor of more stable living environments. 

“Today, some parents get too many chances. Perhaps in the best sense,” Frederiksen said. “But when a 12-year-old is removed from the home, there are often 11 bad years behind. it.” 

Specialists, including Mette Spring, head of Aarhus’s Family Center, disagree with Fredericksen’s take. “For both children and parents, it will almost always be a joy if we can support a well-functioning family life. It can be with various preventive measures – for example, family treatment,” Spring told Ritzau. 

READ ALSO: Danish Social Democrats want more vulnerable children to be placed in foster homes

Mass exodus, sanctions at Herlufsholm 

The fallout from the TV2 documentary on elite boarding school Herlufsholm continues — in an extraordinary move, the entire board announced its resignation on Saturday, according to a school press release. 

Additionally, Denmark’s royal family has decided to pull both Prince Christian and Princess Isabella from the school. 

The Danish Agency for Education and Quality is working to finalise a package of sanctions for Herlufsholm. The measures could include requiring the school to return the state subsidies it has received since December 8th, 2021 — the day agency officials visited to discuss conditions at the school with management, dormitory teachers and students, newswire Ritzau reports. 

Denmark gives Herlufsholm approximately 50 million kroner a year in subsidies, according to newspaper Berlingske.