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

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 Friday
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Care homes complete first round of Covid-19 vaccination

All residents at elderly care homes in Denmark will have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by today, provided they wish to receive it, national broadcaster DR reports this morning.

The country has already given at least one dose of the vaccine to around 1.09 percent of the population, according to recent data. That puts it at the front when comparing the speed of rollouts with other EU countries.

Social distance requirement increases to two metres

An increase in the minimum social distance required in public places increases today from one to two metres. The rule change was announced earlier this week, but takes full force today.

Specifically, the measure means that, in general, authorities now recommend a social distance of two metres, rather than one – in other words, it is not something that will be enforced, for example when out taking a walk.

However, supermarkets and other stores are affected, as they will have to reduce the maximum number of people allowed inside at any one time, in order to comply with the rule.

Zoos, amusement parks close

Outdoors attractions including zoos and amusement parks have been allowed to remain open under lockdown rules, provided they close off indoor areas. That changes from today.

The tightened restrictions announced earlier this week require the attractions to close entirely from today. Tivoli, Copenhagen’s famous fairground, makes no changes today, having made the decision to close weeks ago.

Hong Kong officials want Danish MPs to be arrested

In what would be a shocking encroachment on Danish sovereignty, pro-China officials in Hong Kong want to arrest two Danish politicians who helped a pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong to travel to Denmark, according to a report by newspaper Politiken.

The two politicians, Uffe Elbæk (Independent Greens) and Katarina Ammitzbøll (Conservative), helped pro-democracy activist Ted Hui to enter Denmark as he fled Hong Kong by giving him a false invitation to an environmental conference, covering his intentions to go into exile, according to the report.

The local, pro-China government in Hong Kong has confirmed it is looking into legal options against people in Denmark who helped Hui, who is now in the United Kingdom, to flee, Politiken writes.

Danish foreign minister Jeppe Kofod told the newspaper that “Danish politicians can and shall naturally meet with whoever they want, without fear of reprisals. The government utterly defends that right.”

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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.”