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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
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Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Government announces crackdown on ‘non-Western’ neighbourhoods

The government yesterday announced plans to crack down further on disadvantaged neighbourhoods by reducing the number of “non-Western” residents and also said it would scrap the controversial term “ghetto” in its proposed legislation.

The interior ministry proposes in the bill that the share of residents of “non-Western” origin in each neighbourhood be limited to a maximum of 30 percent within 10 years.

Here’s the report on that in full.

Party leaders meet to negotiate reopening plan

A number leaders of the other parliamentary parties have been pushing the government to speed up the current gradual easing of Covid-19 restrictions, or to announce a plan as soon as possible.

Leaders from each of the parties will meet with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen today to negotiate a long-term plan for reopening, broadcaster DR reports.

The negotiations have been ongoing since last week and are aimed at resulting in a plan that can be announced by March 23rd.

Upper Secondary School in Esbjerg closed due to Covid-19 outbreak

We reported earlier this week the closure of a junior school in west coast city Esbjerg due a local Covid-19 outbreak, and an upper secondary school (gymnasium) in the town has now gone the same way.

The Danish Patient Safety Authority wrote via Twitter that Esbjerg Gymnasium had been temporarily closed to “prevent further spread of infections”. The school is located in “an areas with very high incidence”, the authority added.

Fewer young people in Denmark are leaving home 

Almost two-thirds of all people between the ages of 18 and 21 still live with their parents, according to a new Statistics Denmark count. The exact figure is 64 percent.

That represents a significant increase compared to a decade ago, when the proportion was 52 percent.

People aged 20 in particular are more likely to live at home now than they were in the early 2010s, with 59 percent now living with at least one parent compared to 48 percent ten years ago.


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