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

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 Friday
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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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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Gale force winds and hail, 'automatic' organ donation, and whether to inform landowners of possible PFAS contamination are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Gale force winds, hail in forecasts 

Denmark can look forward to blustery weather this week, according to the latest forecasts by the Danish Meteorological Institute. “A grey and wet January is drawing to a close and it looks like the month is slamming the door with a bang,” DMI meteorologist Anesten Devasakayam writes. 

On Monday, January 30th, areas across the country will experience strong winds, Devaskayam says, as well as occasional hail. The wind is expected to keep pace as the week progresses, with brief reprieves on Tuesday and Thursday. 

READ MORE: Essential rain gear for a wet Danish winter (and spring, summer, autumn) 

Government reluctant to inform landowners of possible PFAS contamination 

Opposition parties say it’s unacceptable for the Danish Regions and national government to drag their feet on informing people their land could be contaminated with PFAS, ‘forever chemicals’ linked to health problems including cancer. 

The Regions, which are responsible for environmental cleanups in Denmark, have identified 16,000 plots they suspect are contaminated with PFAS due to industry activity. However, they have yet to inform the people who live there. That’s because the Regions plan to test each plot individually before reaching out — a process that could take decades without a dramatic increase in funding, according to broadcaster DR. 

Food grown in contaminated soil accumulates PFAS, and the Regions have identified many gardens and allotments that might be affected.

“When the Regions have this knowledge, I also think we need to inform the population whether it is their garden or farmland or a kindergarten that is located where there may actually be severe contamination,” Mai Villadsen of the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) told DR. 

READ MORE: PFAS found in organic eggs in Denmark 

Minister of Health: everyone in Denmark should automatically be organ donors 

Currently, Danes have to ‘opt in’ for organ donation —and fewer than one in three do, according to the National Board of Health. 

Health Minister Sophie Løhde contends that Denmark should join many other EU countries that have in recent years switched from opting in to organ donation to opting out. 

She says a ‘soft’ variant of the opt-out system could mean everyone automatically becomes organ donors after they turn 18, but family members still have the final say if the deceased hasn’t made their wishes explicit. 

However, the Danish Ethics Council, a government advisory body, believes in maintaining the opt-in status quo. 

“The right to control oneself and one’s own body is an important principle of health care. Therefore, our recommendation is that we stick to the principles that exist today,” says the council’s Leif Vestergaard. 

You can change your organ donation status here on sundhed.dk. In 2022, 21 patients in Denmark died waiting to receive an organ. 

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