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

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 Monday
The Great Belt Bridge.Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Kindergartens and schools reopen after outbreak in Jutland town

 Local restrictions were put into place in South Jutland town Kolding last month after an outbreak of the infectious B117 coronavirus variant was detected at schools and kindergartens.

The outbreak is now under relative control, with Kolding now the municipality with the seventh-highest infection rate nationally (141.9 per 100,000 residents over the last 7 days), having been the highest.

Children up to fourth grade can now return to school in the town and kindergartens can reopen, but authorities are still encouraging tests.

Ishøj west of Copenhagen currently has the highest infection rate in Denmark, followed by Fredensborg in northeastern Zealand.

Danish navy transports vaccines to remote parts of Greenland

Denmark’s military has started delivering Covid vaccines to remote settlements along Greenland’s west coast, news wire AFP reported this weekend.

The mission, which began in February, is part of efforts to vaccinate isolated communities in the vast territory where logistics are complicated by extreme cold weather.

We’ll have more detail in an article later today.

Permanent speedchecks to be set up on Great Belt and Øresund bridges

Permanent speed cameras will be set up from next year on the Great Belt Bridge, the 18-kilometre long fixed link connecting Zealand with Funen. The equally-impressive Øresund Bridge, which crosses from Copenhagen to Malmö in Sweden, will get the same treatment, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement.

The speed cameras will measure the average speed of motorists on sections of the bridges.

A law change will be required to enable to cameras to be fixed in place, but that is expected to be a formality and the equipment has already been ordered, according to news wire Ritzau.

Danish Covid-19 vaccine ready for clinical trials

Danish pharma company Bavarian Nordic is ready to test its potential Covid-19 vaccine on people, the company said in a stock market announcement.

The candidate vaccine, ABNCoV2 has shown efficacy against the virus and against long term effects of the disease in pre-clinical tests. It will now undergo clinical trials in the Netherlands.

Should it fare well in trials, the vaccine could be ready for general use in 2022.

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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Monday

Copenhagen bin men pause strike, three seized in Christiania 'Pusher Street', Denmark and Germany announce hydrogen pipeline, and Danish flight route to reopen with state backing. Here's some of the news on Monday.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Monday

Copenhagen bin men restart work after week-long strike 

Garbage collectors in Copenhagen, Tårnby, Dragør and Frederiksberg returned to work on Monday after a week-long strike, in the hope of restarting negotiations with their future employer Amager Ressourcecenter (ARC): 

“Now we are extending a hand. We hope this will be well received by our employer and will lead to new negotiations,” the union spokesperson Ulrik Blessing told the B.T. newspaper at 05.45, adding that they would be “back at work in about an hour”. 

Garbage collectors have been on strike since Monday last week over working hours and other conditions under Amager Ressourcecenter, who will take over management of garbage collection in Copenhagen on May 1st. 

Danish vocab: at række hånden frem – to reach out a hand (in a gesture of conciliation). 

Police seize three man for selling cannabis in Copenhagen’s ‘Pusher Street’

Copenhagen police arrested three men on Saturday for selling cannabis on Pusher Street in the hippy enclave of Christiania, as they continue their efforts to stamp out the former open-air cannabis market. 

According to police, 875 people were arrested for selling cannabis in the first 11 months of 2022, more than in any other year over the past four years. 

“It is extremely unattractive to stand out there, and therefore a lot of new people come in who have no idea what it is all about. Many of them come from outside the catchment area, and some of them are peripherally associated with a criminal group,” Simon Hansen, a police spokesperson said. “It’s a bit easier for us to catch these people.” 

According to the Berlingske newspaper, around half of the stalls in the street are linked to various gangs and biker gangs, such as Satudarah, Bandidos, Hells Angels and Loyal To Familia, with the rest run by people living in Christiania. 

Danish vocab: anholdt – seized

Denmark and Germany announce plans for hydrogen pipeline

Germany and Denmark will work together to construct a pipeline to transport hydrogen between the two countries, ministers announced on Friday.

Danish climate minister Lars Aagaard and German counterpart, Minister for the Economy and Climate Robert Habeck, briefed press on Friday after signing a declaration which could see a hydrogen pipeline between the countries completed by 2028.

“A big thank you to Germany when it comes to questions of energy and climate,” Aagaard said.

“We have the same interests in so many areas. Today we are taking it one step further,” he continued.

The declaration means the countries will work on an underground hydrogen pipeline between the Danish region of West Jutland and northern Germany.

Danish vocab: brint – hydrogen

Danish domestic flight to reopen after airport gets state backing

A domestic flight connecting Copenhagen with the tiny Midtjyllands Airport is set to resume services around four months after it was cancelled.

he flight from Midtjyllands, formerly Karup, Airport to Copenhagen will resume from April 17th, Copenhagen Airport said in a statement.

Four daily departures, operated by the Danish Air Transport (DAT) airline, will connect the two airports from Monday to Thursday, while there will be afternoon departures only on Fridays.

DAT also operated the route until its prior closure in December 2022. The majority of passengers who used the service were commuters, and its closure meant that most of the airport’s staff faced the loss of their jobs.

Danish vocab: flyrute – flight route