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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
A drone image of Gyrstinge near Ringsted on Thursday. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Wage compensation extended until February 7th

The current wage compensation scheme for businesses shuttered by the national Covid-19 lockdown has been extended until February 7th, the date at which restrictions are set to expire.

The extension was confirmed by the government and industry organisations and reported by DR.

Under the terms of the scheme, which is eligible for any impacted sector, firms can send staff home with up to 75-90 percent of their wages covered by the state up to a cost of 30,000 kroner per month.

Employees will, however, be asked to use one day of their annual leave.

READ ALSO: Denmark announces support package for lockdown-hit restaurants

Covid-19 crisis has minimal impact on housing market

New figures from Statistics Denmark suggest the Danish housing market is continuing to hold its prices despite the ongoing pandemic with all of its economic implications.

Record numbers of family homes were sold between April and October last year, according to the agency – around 37,000 homes.

Sales of summer holiday homes also increased “extremely by 90 percent”, while apartments “having also been at a towering level”, Statistics Denmark clerk Jakob Holmgaard said in comments to broadcaster DR.

Elderly people struggle to use Covid-19 vaccine booking system

Some vaccination centres in Denmark are struggling to use all of their supplied Covid-19 vaccine doses, which are currently designated for people over the age of 65 who receive living assistance at home.

According to DR, many vulnerable people in this group are struggling to use the booking platform for the vaccination programme, vacciner.dk.

“The elderly have difficulty understanding the booking system,” senior medical consultant Bent Windelborg Nielsen at the Randers vaccination centre told DR.

Around 80 percent of vaccines are being administered to the target group, while the rest are being given to frontline staff to avoid wastage, according to the report.

Loose container on Great Belt Bridge raises concerns and evokes painful memories

Transport of truck trailers loaded onto freight trains crossing the Great Belt Bridge has been suspended after a loose container was reported on a DB Cargo train on the bridge.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, when a member of the public spotted a loose truck container on the bridge and contacted police.

The train was stopped on the Funen side of the bridge and the Danish Maritime Investigation Board (Havarikommissionen) subsequently confirmed an empty container had been secured incorrectly.

The incident brings back painful memories of a train crash on the Great Belt Bridge almost exactly two years ago. That accident, which caused eight deaths, was caused by a poorly-attached container.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums. 

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