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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
Denmark's State Serum Institute (SSI) on Tuesday morning. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Moderna vaccine arrives in Denmark

The first 5,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are scheduled to arrive in Denmark and join the country’s vaccination effort.

The initial batch will be used in the South Denmark region, infectious disease agency SSI has confirmed. The company recently stated that its vaccine gives immunity to the coronavirus for at least a year.

According to latest data, Denmark has so far vaccinated just under two percent of its population.

Next vaccine could be approved 17 days from now

The third vaccine in line for EU approval, the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine, could be approved by the European Medicines Agency on January 29th after the company submitted an application for approval, news wire Ritzau writes.

The vaccine is already in use in the United Kingdom.

Businesses can apply for new round of compensation

Businesses in Denmark can from today apply for overheads to be covered while they are shuttered due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the Danish business ministry said in a statement.

The applications, which are processed by the Danish Business Authority (Erhvervsstyrelsen), covers the period from November 2020 onwards. A compensation scheme established during the spring wave was reopened when tougher restrictions were again imposed during the winter, with parliament approval in December.

“Many businesses have been hit hard by corona and I know that many people are in a very difficult situation. So I am pleased that the Danish Business Authority is today opening applications for the general compensation scheme for permanent overheads,” acting business minister Dan Jørgensen said in the statement.

READ ALSO: Denmark to offer further compensation for corona-hit businesses

Cold weather could result in hazardous roads

A fair amount of snow, ice and sleet is expected this week. The temperature across the country today is expected to range between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius, snow new snowfall is not expected to settle, broadcaster DR writes.

Tonight, freezing weather of around -2 or -3 degrees could result in slippery conditions on roads tomorrow morning.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Denmark wins in the 'world cup for chefs,' armed forces unions distance themselves from plan to scrap Great Prayer Day and other news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Denmark wins ‘world cup’ for chefs 

It’s another proud day for high cuisine in Denmark after chef Brian Mark Hansen won the Bocuse d’Or, the unofficial ‘World Cup’ for the culinary world held every two years. 

Hansen, head chef at the Michelin-starred Søllerød Kro in Copenhagen, unseated defending champion and host France with his take on squash and monkfish. 

Competitors train for the Bocuse d’Or “a bit like a fighter pilot or a Formula 1 driver,” Davy Tissot, 2022’s victor and president of this year’s jury, tells the Agence France-Presse. 

“Finland’s 25-year-old candidate Johan Kurkela has been known to train for
10 hours straight locked in a basement. Meanwhile, [the French competitor Nais] Pirollet trained daily for five-and-a-half hours nonstop to replicate competition conditions,” the AFP writes. 

READ MORE: World-famous Copenhagen restaurant to close after 2024

Don’t blame us: unions for Danish armed forces distance themselves from Great Prayer Day debate 

Unions for the Danish armed forces want politicians to stop pinning the end of Great Prayer Day, a public holiday set to be axed by the government, on them. 

Three unions, representing a total of more than 18,000 members in the armed forces, say association with the loss of a public holiday could undermine general support for the armed forces. 

Although the armed forces have needed the extra funds for years, Niels Tønning, chairman of the union Hovedorganisationen af Officerer i Danmark (“First Organization of Officers in Denmark”) told newspaper BT that it shouldn’t come at the expense of the freedom of Danish wage earners.

READ ALSO: Why does Denmark have an annual ‘Prayer Day’ holiday?

Fatal workplace accidents in Denmark rising 

Denmark broke a bleak record in 2022 — the highest number of fatal workplace accidents in more than ten years, according to news outlet Zetland. 

Last year, 42 people died in Denmark due to accidents at their job, the Danish Working Environment Authority said. 

The construction industry was particularly perilous, tallying 6,219 serious accidents. The DWEA found safety violations in each case, Zetland reports. 

Construction has surged in recent years, “and the easiest way to improve efficiency, the builders obviously believe, is to relax a little on security,” Flemming Hansen, chief consultant for construction for trade union 3F, told the media.  

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