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

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

Denmark offers to repatriate 4-year-old child, but not mother, from Syrian camp 

The government said yesterday it was ready to extract a 4-year-old Danish child with PTSD from a Kurdish-controlled prison camp in Syria, but her mother and brother must stay behind.

The government opposes repatriating its own citizens, including children, from the camps, which accommodate former Islamic State (Isis) militants and sympathisers. But the girl’s situation fulfils the conditions for a “medical evacuation”, the government said according to broadcaster DR’s report.

Experts have warned that separating the girl from her mother would traumatise her further.

We’ll have further detail on this in an article today.

READ ALSO: Denmark slammed by UN expert over children in Syrian camps

85 percent of young people would accept Covid-19 vaccine

85 percent of young people aged 18-34 in Denmark would take any approved Covid-19 vaccine, according to a new survey published by Aarhus University’s HOPE project, which monitors public behaviour and opinions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The high acceptance rate is the highest measured for the group throughout the crisis.

For the overall population, even more – 89 percent – said they would take the vaccine, broadcaster DR reports.

Nurses issue strike warning but hope to avert action with deal

The Danish Nurses’ Organization, a union representing the majority of the country’s nurses, on Thursday issued a notice of strike action to employers.

The union confirmed its action in a statement after a slim majority of its members voted to reject a new collective bargaining agreement over working terms.

There remains hope that the two sides will find a resolution prior to the strike taking effect.

More on that story here.

Danish author up for prestigious literature award

Author Olga Ravn has been shortlisted for the International Booker Prize for her novel ‘The Employees’ (‘De ansatte’ in the original Danish).

Six translated works are up for the prize, which will be announced on June 2nd.

The Booker Prize, formerly known as the Man Booker Prize, is one of literature’s most prestigious.

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  1. To repatriate a small child, but leave the mother behind, is plainly unkind, unnecessary.
    And, let’s be honest, dumb.

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