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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
Danish Health Authority director Søren Brostrøm. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

New round of negotiations over lifting of Covid-19 restrictions

A meeting scheduled in parliament this afternoon will see the government discusses new steps to lift coronavirus restrictions with the other parties, potentially speeding up, adding to or adapting the current roadmap out of lockdown.

The Social Liberal, Liberal and Danish People’s parties all want assembly restrictions to be made more lenient, broadcaster DR reports.

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AstraZeneca vaccine shelved. What next? 

Health authorities yesterday announced that Denmark will completely withdraw the AstraZeneca vaccine from its vaccination programme due to concerns over potential rare, but serious side effects. Denmark is the only country in the world so far to take that decision.

The vaccination calendar has been pushed back as a result, with the lowest-priority groups now not expected to completely vaccination until late August.

The decision is already being questioned. A number of conservative parties have called for the public to be able to decide themselves whether or not they want to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine if they are willing to accept any potential risk.

Meanwhile, unions including the Danish Medical Association and FOA have said that front line health care staff deserve clarification over the decision to withdraw AstraZeneca, DR reports.

The vaccine was used extensively to inoculate health sector workers who are now left unsure as to when they will be vaccinated or receive a different vaccine, in the case of those who have already had their first dose.

We’ll have more on this in an article later today.

Housing market sees record activity levels

Last month saw the highest number of homes sold in Denmark since 2011: 13,370, to be precise.

The number has been described as “twice as big” as usual for the month of March (last year’s corona-hit month excluded) and an 83 percent increase compared to 2019.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Why the US climate deal is a boon for Denmark, a plan to help first-time home buyers, and a prince and princess at your child's high school are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Liberal party to propose tax deductions for first-time home buyers 

While the government remains skeptical, the Liberal Party (Venstre) will Monday present its plan to make home ownership more accessible in Denmark. 

Under the proposal, first-time home buyers could receive a 20 percent tax reduction on up to 50,000 kroner per year for five years, according to newspaper Berlingske. In five years, a couple could together save 500,000 kroner and get a tax benefit of 100,000 kroner. 

How the Liberal Party would fund the tax benefit, which is estimated to cost 1 billion kroner a year, remains unclear. While they count with the support of the Conservatives and the Danish People’s Party, the government opposes the plan.

READ MORE: Danish apartment sales cool to eight-year low  

Green energy sector in Denmark to see boost from US climate plan 

The United States Senate passed a $370 billion package — that’s 2.7 trillion kroner — earmarked for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases by 2030. A considerable chunk of that money could end up in Denmark, according to green energy experts, and particularly in the pockets of Danish wind energy companies. 

The USA also has its own companies that will bid,” says Kristian Jensen of business organisation Green Power Denmark. “But we can see that the Danish wind turbine manufacturers are unique in terms of having high quality and long durability of the turbines.” 

READ MORE: Danish offshore wind could help Europe ditch fossil fuels 

Danish royal students go mainstream 

After a TV2 documentary revealed a culture of bullying at elite boarding school Herlufsholm, the royal family pulled Prince Christian, 16, and Princess Isabella, 15, from their enrollments. 

At the start of the new term today, Isabella begins at Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasium in Østerbro and Christian will attend Ordrup Gymnasium in Charlottenlund, about 20 minutes’ drive north of Copenhagen. 

“What characterizes the chosen schools is that they are quite normal,” says Thomas Larsen, political editor at Radio4 and author of books on the Danish royals. “It is not a boarding school that is largely reserved for the children of the elite. And therefore I believe that the choices they have made now will be well received by the Danes.”  

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