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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
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Denmark and Austria to agree partnership with Israel on Covid-19 vaccines 

The prime ministers of Denmark and Austria are to agree a plan for common production of future vaccines and co-operation on research treatments with Israel, moving away from sole reliance on the EU.

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen is scheduled to travel to Israel this week, where she will meet with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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UN special rapporteur criticises Denmark over citizens in Syrian camps

Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, has criticised Denmark for failing to repatriate citizens in Syrian camps.

The Danish government has refused to repatriate nationals including children from the al-Hol and al-Roj camps in Syria, citing security risks. The adult citizens are in the camps because they travelled to Syria in support of the Islamic State terror group.

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 Ní Aoláin has place Denmark on a 57-country ‘list of shame’ of nations criticised for not taking citizens back from the camps.

“Denmark has always been an advocate of tolerance, human rights and the letter of the law. But you can’t just preach, you must also practice – including when it’s difficult politically,” the Special Rapporteur said according to broadcaster DR.

Conditions in the camps are “inhuman”, she said.

Aarhus postpones Queen Margrethe’s birthday celebration until 2022

Queen Margrethe’s 80th birthday celebrations were last year postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Events to mark the monarch’s milestone birthday in Aarhus have now been put back by a further 12 months.

“I am pleased that we can look forward from now to a celebratory royal visit in 2022, when we must expect to have the pandemic at a good distance so we once again can plan large events and have a splendid and popular city celebration for our Queen,” Aarhus mayor Jacon Bundsgaard said in a statement.

The Queen will turn 82 next year and will also celebrate her 50th jubilee.

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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.”  

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