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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
Denmark's constitution displayed at the Christiansborg parliament on Tuesday. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark to receive up to 100,000 fewer doses of Pfizer vaccine in first quarter

As first reported last week, Pfizer has warned of a reduction in the number of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to Denmark and other countries in the immediate future, as a result of work to expand capacity it the company’s factory in Belgium.

That will result in the delivery of 85,000-100,000 fewer doses than previously expected in Denmark during the first quarter of 2021, according to Danish infectious disease agency State Serum Institute.

We’ll have a full report later this morning.

READ ALSO: 'We are disappointed and frustrated:' Denmark's reaction to reduced vaccine deliveries

Homeless prioritised in vaccine rollout

The government has confirmed it will place homeless people among those given priority for Covid-19 vaccines, after calls from charities and officials to care for the vulnerable group.

Those in the group but not deemed to be particularly at risk will still be “given priority before the general population”, the Ministry of Social Affairs said in a statement.

Around 6,500 homeless people live in Denmark.

Here’s the story in full.

Test positivity for rapid Covid-19 tests remains under 1 percent

Tuesday saw a total of 157 people test positive for Covid-19 using the rapid tests offered by private providers at various locations in Denmark. The rapid tests are free to the public, but not included in the overall daily infection numbers because they can overlap with the regular PCR tests (the same person can take both tests).

Yesterday’s result is the seventh consecutive day the rapid tests have returned positive results in under 1 percent of cases. 23,300 people were tested.

The tests are more likely to give false negative results than PCR tests, but are accurate if they come back positive.

Supreme court to rule on ‘asylum spray’ racism case

The Danish Supreme Court will today rule on whether the country’s anti-racism laws were broken by three men who handed out cans of hair spray marked ‘asylum spray’ and flyers in Haderslev in 2016. The flyers accused asylum seekers of harassing women and hinted the sprays could be used as weapons against them, according to earlier reports.

The men, from the now-defunct extremist far-right group Danskernes Parti, have already been found guilty in district and high courts.

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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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