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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
Bornholm on Tuesday. Photo: Pelle Rink/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark braces for incoming snow storms

Parts of the country are facing something of white-out over the next couple of days with heavy snow fall in several areas forecast by meteorologists.

Snow storms are expected today on islands Bornholm, Lolland-Falster and Møn, while other areas could also see snow drifts and disruptions due to the weather. Temperatures will be between -1 and -5 degrees Celsius.

Police have meanwhile advised residents of southern Zealand and Lolland-Falster to remain home due to the treacherous driving conditions.

Number of houses for sale falls for tenth month in a row

Potential home buyers in Denmark have fewer options for the tenth month in row.

According to industry interest organisation Finans Danmark, the 23,195 houses for sale in the country at the end of January represents a decrease of just under 9,000 compared to a year ago and the tenth consecutive monthly fall.

The reduction in houses for sale has been accompanied by increases in the prices for which homes are put on the market. The increases are 7 percent for houses and 9 percent for apartments over the last 12 months,, news wire Ritzau writes.

Liberal party wants to ‘test values’ of future Danish citizens

The opposition Liberal (Venstre) party says it wants to test applicants for Danish citizenship to test whether or not they have “Danish values”, whatever that may mean.

Specifically, the party wants to add five questions to the country’s citizenship test about what appear to be its own views on what constitutes the Danish mindset.

Additionally, it wants would-be nationals to write a cover letter with their application, explaining why they want to become Danish.

Negotiations are currently ongoing between Danish parties about possible changes to citizen rules. We’ll have more details on the Liberals’ proposals in an article today.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Skyrocketing wait times for psychiatrists, splitting monkeypox vaccine doses, and the 7-Eleven ransom are among the top news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

It takes a year to see a psychiatrist in Denmark 

New data from sundhed.dk analysed by broadcaster DR show an average wait time of 63 weeks to get in with a psychiatrist. 

Wait times for mental health care have climbed dramatically over the last several years. In 2018, the average wait to see a psychiatrist was 23.6 weeks, DR reports, while in 2021, the wait was 37.4 weeks. That’s a 68 percent leap from 2021 to 2022. 

Regional differences in wait times are dramatic — in North Jutland, patients wait an average of 84 weeks. 

Minister of health Magnus Heunicke has refused to sit for an interview with DR on the status of a 10-year plan to improve access to mental healthcare. 

READ MORE: Depressed in Denmark: How to find a therapist in the ‘world’s happiest country’ 

Danish officers will train Ukrainian forces in UK 

Within the next six months, 130 Danish instructors will arrive in the United Kingdom to train Ukrainian soldiers who have “no or limited military experience,” according to newswire Ritzau. 

“We have undertaken to train up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in Great Britain, and I am pleased that Denmark will participate in that project,” Ben Wallace, the British minister of defense, said at a press conference in Copenhagen Wednesday afternoon. 

Danish minister of defense Morten Bødskov says the country has also extended an offer to train Ukrainian soldiers in Denmark — for example, in de-mining. 

Russia’s ambassador to Denmark, Vladimir Barbin, sees the assistance to Ukraine as “delaying peace,” he wrote in an email to broadcaster TV2. 

Danish drugmaker objects to plan to split monkeypox doses 

Bavarian Nordic, the company behind the monkeypox vaccine, has spoken out against the US Food and Drug Administration’s plan to split single doses of the drug into five smaller doses under certain circumstances, according to reporting by the Washington Post. 

The FDA signed off on the plan on Tuesday in an effort to extend a limited supply of doses to a greater population. 

The US isn’t the first country to attempt to get creative with the dosing of the vaccine. According to Bavarian’s instructions, the monkeypox vaccine should be administered over two shots separated by at least 28 days, but the UK has begun offering only a single shot. 

If countries decide to give one shot now, they have a long time to offer the booster and still achieve the same durability advantage. There is plenty of data to support one shot,” Paul Chaplin, managing director of Bavarian Nordic, told news outlet Science in July. 

READ MORE: Danish LGBTQ+ group welcomes monkeypox vaccination decision 

7-Eleven mostly back on grid after ransomware attack

About 169 of 7-Eleven’s 176 Denmark locations are back up and running, according to a statement from the convenience store company on Wednesday evening. 

However, convenience stores at train stations (where you can buy a transport card) only accept Dankort at the moment. All operational stores outside of train stations currently accept Mobile Pay and cash, and many can take Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort. 

7-Eleven has also confirmed that the outage was due to a ransomware attack — hackers demanded money to return access to the company’s data and systems. 

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