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

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 Thursday
Parts of Denmark have seen snowfall overnight. This photo was taken near Kolding on Thursday morning. Photo: Frank Cilius/Ritzau Scanpix

Third group to begin Covid-19 vaccinations

The third-highest priority group for receiving vaccinations against Covid-19 will be offered the vaccine from today.

Elderly citizens over the age of 85 can now receive the vaccine once they receive invitation to book an appointment, with the two first groups – care home residents and people over 65 who receive living assistance at home – nearing completion.

North Jutland will be the first region in the country to start vaccinating the third group, broadcaster DR reports, starting with people over the age of 88.

READ ALSO: When and how can foreign residents get the Covid-19 vaccine in Denmark?

AstraZeneca vaccine to be recommended for under-65s

The Danish Health Authority is recommending the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine against Covid-19, recently approved by the European Medicines Agency, be given to people under the age of 65 without risk of serious illness due to the virus.

Denmark has so far used vaccines from two other suppliers, Pfizer and Moderna, with the first deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine expected next week.

But it will not be recommended to older people, with the Danish health authority citing a lack of documentation as to its efficacy for the group, news wire Ritzau reports.

We’ll have more detail on this in an article later today.

Concerns raised over welfare of kids during school closures

Children and young people have been hit hard by the closure of their schools during the Covid-19 lockdown, experts and charities have recently warned, and a number of political parties have now begun to discuss measures that could be taken to help them.

The opposition Liberal party wants to invest 500 million kroner on the welfare of children and young people, newspaper Berlingske reports. The government has reportedly responded positively to parts of the proposal.

Unions and state negotiate over collective bargaining agreement

A new collective bargaining agreement for around 800,000 people who work in the public sector in Denmark is currently under negotiation and entering a crucial phase, DR writes.

The use of regularly-negotiated collective bargaining agreements – overenskomster in Danish – is at the core of what is known as the ‘Danish model’ around which the majority of the country’s labour market is organised.

Here’s a bit of background from an article we published in 2018 during a major breakdown in a round of negotiations that was taking place at the time.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

No extra booster dose, school to trial four-day week, PostNord to document failed deliveries, and mortgage arrears on the rise. Here are some of the main stories from Denmark.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Covid-19: Denmark decides against additional booster this winter

No additional booster vaccination against Covid-19 will be offered this winter, the Danish Health Authority confirmed on Wednesday.

Together with an expert advisory group, the Health Authority has considered whether to offer vulnerable groups an extra booster vaccination against Covid-19 this winter.

People at higher risk of serious illness with the virus including those over the age of 85 will not be offered a further booster this winter, the authority has decided.

Denmark offered a booster in autumn 2022 to all people over the age of 50 and younger people considered vulnerable to the coronavirus.

The booster was backed up by data suggesting it improves protection against hospitalisation with Covid-19 by 74 percent, according to the Danish Health Authority.

Danish vocab: boosterstik – booster dose

Defense Minister hospitalised after dizzy spell

Denmark’s defense minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, was examined at the Rigshospitalet hospital in Copenhagen on Wednesday after a spell of dizziness and a headache.

“Fortunately, there is nothing serious to report and I am feeling well again,” Ellemann-Jensen said in a Facebook post. “I, therefore, expect to be back in work clothes again tomorrow, and then of course I will pay extra attention to my health in the near future.” 

On Monday, Ellemann-Jensen was in the  Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv together with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) and Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, with the three meeting the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyj.

Danish vocab: et ildebefindende – a malaise 

Danish school to trial four-day week

Pupils and teachers at Aalborg Cathedral School are to launch an experiment with a four-day week after the summer holidays, exchanging six days of their summer holidays for six Mondays off over the autumn term to see if it brings improved well-being. 

“We have been inspired by those workplaces which operate with four-day working weeks. Then we talked about whether we could do something similar, because there is a lot of pressure on both staff and students,” Christian Nielsen Warmin, the school’s headteacher, told the Danish broadcaster TV2

Danish vocab: bedre trivsel – improved well-being

PostNord to consider photo documentation of failed deliveries 

Denmark’s PostNord postal service is considering making postal workers document failed deliveries to reduce the level of customer complaints. 

The company’s CEO in Denmark, Peter Kjær Jensen, said he believed that it was rare for postal workers to claim to have tried to deliver a package without even visiting the property, but acknowledged that many people in Denmark felt angry when they receive a message about a failed delivery despite being home all day. 

“We have very few of these cases, but they do exist. And we have also had postmen who are not skilled enough, or who have misunderstood how parcels are delivered correctly,” he said. 

The company is currently trialling photo documentation in Stenløse, Ølstykke and Veksø, with postal workers required to take a photo of the package that has been delivered without direct customer contact in order to document the delivery, or take a picture of the building’s entrance to prove that they have visited.

“Customers will be able to access the image via our app if the package fails to be delivered,” Jensen said. 

Danish vocab: dygtig – skilled

Danish mortgage arrears increase as costs go up

A higher number of Danish homeowners are finding it difficult to meet the repayment schedule on their mortgages, new figures show.

Data from the interest organisation from banks, Finans Danmark, shows that the “arrears percent” or restanceprocent was 0.14 percent in the third quarter of 2022, a small increase compared to preceding quarters.

That means homeowners on average did not pay 1.4 kroner in every 1,000 kroner they were due to pay on their mortgages during the quarter.

It is understandable that late 2022 presented challenges for homeowners, an analyst said in comments to the Ritzau newswire.

Danish vocab: restanceprocent – the percentage of homeowners in arrears

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