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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
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Danish schools to partially reopen next week

Danish schools will reopen next week four children up to fourth grade, the government confirmed at a briefing yesterday evening.

The decision follows a steady reduction in Covid-19 infection numbers in Denmark since the turn of the year.

“This is a very small, very controlled, pinprick operation we are conducting here in Denmark,” health minister Magnus Heunicke said.

Here’s our report.

Last Danish minks to be culled

In November last year, the government took the dramatic step of ordering every mink on Danish fur farms to be culled, and later banned the industry for a year. That followed concerns over the discovery of mutated forms of coronavirus at some mink farms. The decision developed into a scandal and will cost the Danish state an astronomical amount in compensation.

READ ALSO: Denmark to spend billions on compensation deal for mink farmers

Today marks the deadline for completing culling of the animals.

“I don’t think enough there was enough of a fight to protect mink breeding in Denmark. The focus has been on compensation the whole time,” mink breeder Erik Vammen told broadcaster DR.

Postal service posts bests results since 2009

A jump in demand for parcel shipping was a major factor in the best annual results for postal service Postnord in over a decade, news wire Ritzau reports.

The Swedish-Danish company was formed in a merger in 2009, and this year’s results are the best it has registered since then.

Earnings of just under 1.3 billion kroner were brought in by the company in 2020, dwarfing the 200 million kroner profit in 2019.

Coldest temperature of winter so far

It’s February 2nd, a date immortalised by the film Groundhog Day. The annual North American custom revolves around predicting the arrival of spring. In the movie, Bill Murray’s lead character relives the same day over and over.

While lockdown and national Covid-19 restrictions may make that concept feel a little closer to home in 2021, we can at least take comfort in the fact that spring will indeed arrive sooner or later, just as the lockdown eventually will be lifted. At the moment, that is scheduled to happen on February 28th.

Last night was the coldest of the winter so far, with temperatures dropping as low as -12.7 degrees Celsius in central Jutland, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. That is also the lowest temperature since 2018, a year in which a freezing late winter was followed by a glorious hot and sunny summer.

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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.”