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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
A 'party bus' converted to a mobile Covid-19 test centre. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Announcement on lifting of restrictions incoming 

The government will today announce which coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted when the current lockdown expires on March 1st. We’ll report the new rules as soon as they are announced.

The new restrictions will be presented following the publication of the government’s expert group report, and a statement earlier this week from the prime minister that the lifting of restrictions will be gradual.

Any announcement will come without the support of right wing parties. Some conservative politicians have this morning said they were asked to ‘log out’ of negotiations by the justice minister, Nick Hækkerup, after an initial round in which parties presented their demands.

READ ALSO: What effect could Denmark’s recommended Covid-19 reopening have on hospitals?

Eastern islands turn down free ferry offer 

Last summer, ferry services to a number of Danish islands were temporarily made free in an effort to boost domestic tourism, a sector that has suffered due to the coronavirus.

The scheme was so successful that a number of areas found themselves struggling to cope with the volume of visitors.

READ ALSO: Free ferry scheme swamps Danish islands with extra tourists

With a government committee scheduled today to hear suggestions for this summer, a number of islands in the east of Denmark have already declined the offer of reviving the free ferries, broadcaster DR reports.

Copenhagen Metro progresses as lines linked

The next new section of the Copenhagen Metro, the Sydhavn line, is set to reach a construction milestone today by connecting with the existing City Ring at an as-yet unopened station at the Fisketorvet shopping mall, DR writes.

The new line is scheduled for a 2024 opening.

Foreign nationals in court over robbery plot

Court proceedings begin today against five men – four from Sweden, one from France – for planning to rob an asset management company. The French national has a previous conviction for his involvement in a 62-million kroner heist at another company, Dansk Værdihåndtering, in 2008.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Eighty-six weekend flights cancelled and a major setback for Copenhagen's artificial peninsula project are among the top headlines in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Cancelled flights reflect dire staff shortage 

This past weekend, 86 flights to and from Danish airports were cancelled, according to Danish airline news outlet Check-in.

By their calculations, that meant that 10,000-12,000 passengers were left at the gates. Half of the cancellations were by the beleaguered SAS, which nixed 42 flights in and out of Copenhagen alone. 

“We currently have high sickness absence, [technology issues and a late flight from a partner airline, ed.] and we already have a tight staffing situation, Alexandra Lindgren Kaoukji, SAS spokesperson in Denmark, told Check-in.  

READ ALSO: What are your rights if your flight is cancelled in Denmark? 

New Herlufsholm chairman: culture creates ‘problems for the weak,’ while ‘the strong’ manage

The latest wrinkle in the Herlufsholm scandal is the appointment of Jon Stokholm, former Danish Supreme Court Justice, as chairman of the board. 

The 71-year-old told newswire Ritzau that he believes Herlufsholm’s emphasis on individualism was where the school went wrong. 

“Such a culture creates problems for the weak,” Stokholm said. “The strong will cope.” (This seems an unusual way to describe students at a school struggling with bullying.) 

READ ALSO: Danish royal children withdrawn from controversial boarding school 

Artificial peninsula project Lynetteholm faces major setback 

Copenhagen’s dreams for a self-financing Lynetteholm, the new Copenhagen district to be built on a manmade peninsula in the harbour, have shattered like a ‘broken Kinder egg,”  mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen told broadcaster DR

New number-crunching by the ministry of transportation reveals that the profits from selling plots of land on future Lynetteholm, which promised to fund the creation of a metro connection and an eastern road ring, are likely to fall far short of that figure. 

The project was designed to solve three problems in one fell swoop — its creators say Lynetteholm will ameliorate the Copenhagen housing shortage, reduce congestion in the rest of the city and protect the mainland from storm surges in the face of climate change. 

READ ALSO: Danish parliament gives go ahead to giant artificial island off Copenhagen

Pollution linked to 10 percent of Europe’s cancer cases 

The European Environment Agency released a report today that concludes more than 10 percent of all cancer cases in Europe are preventable — because they can be tied to pollution. 

“Together, exposure to air pollution, carcinogenic chemicals, radon, UV radiation and passive smoking can account for over ten percent of the cancer burden in Europe,” the EEA wrote in a statement. 

Cancer cases due to exposure to radiation or chemical carcinogens can be reduced to “an almost insignificant level,” environment and health expert at the EEA Gerardo Sanchez told reporters last week. 

Of special interest to Danes, who sometimes eschew sunscreen during the summer months, should be the EEA’s calculation that four percent of European cancer cases are linked to natural UV radiation from the sun.