For members


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
File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Parliament agrees four-phase plan for easing of travel restrictions

A parliamentary majority last night backed a plan to lift Denmark’s coronavirus travel restrictions, giving people with loved ones elsewhere in Europe hope that they can now begin counting the days until they are reunited.

Restrictions are to be eased in four phases, beginning on April 21st and reaching completion by June 26th, should everything go to plan.

The plan for easing restrictions, published late on Tuesday by the Ministry of Justice, applies only to countries in the EU and Schengen area. Restrictions for so-called “third countries” outside of this zone will follow the common approach adopted by the EU, which is expected to be renegotiated prior to the summer, the ministry states.

We will report full details of the plan in a separate article this morning.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be delivered

The first delivery of the one-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson will arrive in Denmark today, but it is unclear when the inoculations will be put to use after the company yesterday announced a decision to “proactively delay” the rollout of its vaccine in Europe.

That came after extremely rare cases of blood clots combined with low platelet numbers were detected in persons who have received the vaccine in the United States.

The vaccines will initially be stored once they have arrived in Denmark, the national infectious disease agency State Serum Institute has confirmed to broadcaster DR.

Leaders of the various political parties are scheduled to meet today to discuss the situation.

Read more on Johnson & Johnson’s decision to delay its European rollout here.

Calls for corona passport rules to no longer apply outdoors

With a number of businesses now open again and restaurants and cafes set to be allowed to offer outdoors serving from next week, Denmark’s rules requiring use of corona passports are now effective. The passports are used to document immunity or from the virus or a recent negative test.

Corona passport: What you need to know about Danish Covid-19 vaccine and test documentation

But the rules could already be set for an update, with a political majority – which outnumbers Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s government – now calling for outdoors services at restaurants not to require corona passports, according to DR.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.
For members


Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Object recovered near Nord Stream pipeline, Field’s shooter charged, possible ban on biker gang and other news from Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Denmark recovers object near sabotaged Nord Stream pipeline

Denmark has recovered a cylindrical object spotted near the sabotaged Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Danish Energy Agency said yesterday, adding it was a “smoke buoy”.

The agency said in a statement that the object had been recovered at a depth of 73 metres and that a “representative of the owner, Nord Stream 2 AG, was present during the salvage”, news wire AFP reports.

According to the energy agency, the recovery was completed on March 28th.

“Investigations indicate that the object is an empty maritime smoke buoy, which is used for visual marking,” it said in a statement, adding that “the object does not pose a safety risk.”

Danish vocabulary: at bjærge — to salvage

Suspect in Field’s shooting charged with murder

A man suspected of killing three people in the Field’s shopping mall in Copenhagen last July has been charged with murder and attempted murder, the prosecution service said on Wednesday.

“The 23-year-old man is accused of killing three people, a 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 46-year-old man”, it said in a statement.

The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, has also been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder.

Arrested outside Field’s just after the July 3rd shooting, the man, who has a history of mental health illness, has been detained in a closed psychiatric ward.

Investigators believe the attack was planned, Danish media have reported.

Danish vocabulary: anklagemyndighed — public prosecutor

Justice ministry considers ban on biker gang

The Ministry of Justice is weighing its options over a potential ban on the biker gang Satudarah, broadcaster DR reports.

The biker group is linked with organised crime and is a rival to other groups including Hells Angels and Bandidos.

“They constitute a serious danger and serious threat to society and to Danes. We will therefore use all imaginable resources we can within the rules of the constitution,” Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard told DR.

Denmark’s constitution protects the right to public gathering, but the country’s laws allow the police to order criminal groups to be dissolved. The law was used against the Loyal to Familia gang in Copenhagen in 2021.

The municipality in West Jutland city Esbjerg this week used a different law to ban Satudarah from using a specified address in the town as a clubhouse.

Danish vocabulary: rockere — biker gang members

Copenhagen Zoo hopes to ignite panda romance

Copenhagen Zoo has begun a new strategy to encourage mating — giving the prospective couple more time to get to know each other.

The Danish capital’s zoo decided to put the bears in the same enclosure a month earlier than usual so they can get acquainted while temperatures remain cooler, so they don’t bicker when the mating season begins.

“This year’s panda date is under way,” the zoo wrote on its website.

The zoo also published images showing the pandas keeping a respectful distance and mostly glaring at each other, showing “there’s not exactly love in the air (yet).”

On loan from China for 15 years, Mao Sun and Xing Er arrived in Copenhagen in spring 2019 and since then all attempts to breed have been unsuccessful.

“We are trying an approach that has been successful with our polar bears and brown bears, we are putting them together now, even though Mao Sun will not be ready for several weeks,” veterinarian Mads Frost Bertelsen said in a statement reported by AFP.

Danish vocabulary: at parre sig — to mate