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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Building work at Tivoli earlier this month. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

One year since first Danish Covid-19 lockdown 

Today marks one year since Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s dramatic press conference at which the first lockdown of the country was announced as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across Europe.

“This will have huge consequences, but the alternative would be far worse,” Frederiksen said at the time. The country, like many others, has stayed under coronavirus restrictions in some form ever since.

The mental health of one in five people in Denmark has suffered during the pandemic, according to a recent study.

There appears to be some light ahead, with the government yesterday saying it hopes to present a plan for lifting remaining restrictions within the next two weeks.

Airline Norwegian leaves 34,000 customers out of pocket

Up to 34,000 people in credit with low-cost airline Norwegian due to cancelled bookings will not get their money back, news wire Ritzau reports.

That is according to a recovery plan presented by the debt-laden company today.

The 34,000 is actually a small proportion of customers owed money by the company. 98 percent of customers owed money for cancelled bookings up to November 18th last year will be reimbursed.

Norwegian is currently under bankruptcy protection in Ireland and is not allowed to pay the refunds in question under the relevant rules related to this. CEO Jakob Schram said in a statement he was “sad” that full refunds will not be offered to all customers.


Health authority closes Horsens school due to Covid-19 outbreak 

The Brædstrup School in central Jutland town Horsens has been closed by the Danish Patient Safety Authority after 18 pupils and six teachers were infected with Covid-19, broadcaster DR reports.

Infections initially occurred in a grade 2 class and have since spread to other age groups, possible through infections between siblings, according to the school.

Tivoli to reopen on March 27th with new rules

Popular Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli, one of the city’s biggest tourism draws in normal times, is to reopen its doors on March 27th. Outdoor cultural attractions were given permission to open when restrictions were lifted slightly at the beginning of this month.

Opening hours during the Easter period from March 27th to April 5th will be shorter than usual, from 11am-8pm. For the rest of April, the park will be open from Friday-Sunday.

The park will continue to run its booking system for visitors and in accordance with national rules, a negative coronavirus test taken within the last 72 hours will be required to enter.

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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.