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

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 Friday
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Covid-19 vaccination centres set for ‘stress test’

Vaccination centres will today be put to the test in order to see how smoothly things will run in future months when a highly supply means a much heavy volume of daily shots being given.

The government and regional authorities are conducting the trial to test for any potential bottlenecks in the service, broadcaster DR writes.

As many as possible of the 36,000 vaccine doses delivered to Denmark this week will therefore be given today. The eventual target is for health authorities to be able to give 100,000 vaccines daily, with the figure rising to a potential 400,000 with the help of private contractors.

Prominent politician failed to supply documentation to EU over funds misuse case

Morten Messerschmidt, a former MEP who is now the deputy leader of the Danish People’s Party (DF), withheld information from the European Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF, in breach of EU rules.

The indiscretion has been reported by OLAF to the Danish police economic crimes unit, SØIK, which is investigating Messerschmidt for possible misuse of funds by a European party, MELD, of which the DF politician was chairman.

Via his lawyer Messerschmidt said that he did not submit the documentation when requested because OLAF did not want to be sent original paperwork. He has since sent the documents in question to SØIK, DR reports.

Sunny, but cooler weather on the way

This week has brought about a welcome shift in the weather, with the icy temperatures of early February giving way to a more spring-like feel.

A change in wind direction is expected to give cooler temperatures today, but it will remain sunny. Between 5 and 8 degrees Celsius is forecast by the national meteorological society DMI, with up to 10 degrees possible locally.

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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.