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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
Elephants in Copenhagen Zoo in 2020. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

Prime Minister travels to Israel to discuss vaccines 

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is scheduled to travel to Israel today, where she and Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz will meet with Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a possible partnership over supply and production of Covid-19 vaccines.

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

“I am pleased that Denmark can enter a partnership with Israel, which is currently the world champion of vaccines,” Frederiksen said in comments reported by broadcaster DR.

“It’s all about increasing production capacity and that could mean on a practical and specific level that we will build factories together,” she also said.

Drop-in centres for homeless to get major investment

Denmark’s drop-in centres for homeless and other vulnerable people, known as varmestuer (literally, warm rooms) in Danish, have been threatened by closure in many cases during the coronavirus pandemic, not least because the charity chops which fund them have been forced to close during lockdown. The shops have now reopening following the slight easing of restrictions on March 1st.

The government has now announced a fund of 50 million kroner for NGOs and social businesses aimed at easing the problem, DR writes. Parliament backs the plan.

Zoos reopen, negative Covid-19 test required for entry

Parents who want to treat kids who have spent large portions of recent months cooped up inside can now take them to see zoo animals in both Copenhagen and Odense, as zoos in the two cities reopen their outdoor spaces today.

Visitors over the age of 15 must present a negative Covid-19 test less than 72 hours old to enter the attractions.

READ ALSO: What is Denmark’s current schedule for Covid-19 vaccination?

Unemployment increased for first time in eight months during lockdown

The number of people out of work in Denmark increased in January by 1,300, giving a total of 126,700, new Statistics Denmark figures show.

Closure of job centres during the lockdown was a contributory factor in the slowdown in employment, news wire Ritzau reports.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums.