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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
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Greater Copenhagen region to offer leftover vaccines at short notice 

From today, people who live in the Greater Copenhagen health authority can sign up to a daily waiting list for Covid-19 vaccines left unused at vaccination centres.

Only a few vaccines are likely to be offered each day and they will be prioritised according to age among those who have signed up to the waiting list.

In a statement, the Hovedstaden (Greater Copenhagen) region said it hoped to ensure no vaccines go to wait through the arrangement.

You can read more detail, including how to register, here.

Almost one in three could pay negative interest if all banks applied threshold

Several banks in Denmark are currently charging customers negative interest on savings, including Danske Bank, which earlier this week lowered its threshold for when negative interest is applied to customers’ accounts to 100,000 kroner.

As many as one in three people in the country would find themselves paying to deposit their savings if all banks applied the same rule, according to industry organisation Finans Denmark.

Figures from central bank Nationalbanken show that 34 percent of people in Denmark have savings over the 100,000 kroner threshold.

Danske Bank today announced profits of 3.1 billion kroner in the first quarter of 2021, according to broadcaster DR.

Police arrest six arrest for suspected Isis links 

Six men suspected of being members of Isis or funding it were arrested in anti-terror raids yesterday, police have confirmed.

The suspects, whose identities were not disclosed, are aged between 27 and 35, police in East Jutland said.

Two of the suspects were arrested in Copenhagen and the four others in Aarhus.

Jihadism is considered the biggest threat to Denmark’s national security, according to national security agency PET.

READ ALSO: Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links

Sun and odd shower forecast on Wednesday 

We’re nearing the month of May and temperatures still have a chill to them, but Wednesday will be a pleasant day with mostly sunny and dry weather, according to forecasts.

Between 7 and 13 degrees Celsius is forecast for this afternoon, with a mild to moderate easterly wind.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A Dane going to space, beefing up the Danish navy, and increasing Covid cases are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Covid cases increase as holidays end

The number of positive PCR tests in Denmark is again on the rise with people returning to work and school after summer holidays, according to the latest data from the State’s Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency.  

From the last week of July to the first week of August, cases rose 18 percent, while the positive percentage grew to 27 percent. 

“Activity in our society is increasing, and people may also be more aware of getting tested for symptoms in connection with starting work and education,” says Tyra Grove Krause, professional director of the SSI. 

Central and North Jutland have seen the highest overall infection rates, while nationwide 40-59 year olds are seeing the most positive tests. 

Data on incidence rates are more likely to be an underestimate given Denmark’s dramatically reduced public testing program, which saw all quick test sites and all but a handful of PCR test sites shuttered in the spring. On August 15, authorities further restricted guidelines for who should be tested if they experience Covid symptoms — now, the official guidance is that testing is only recommended for people who are 65 years old or over, pregnant, or have a condition that causes a higher risk of sever outcomes for Covid-19. 

Danish astronaut announces mission to space 

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will spend six months at the International Space Station as part of Mission Huginn — named after one of two ravens from Norse mythology that flew around the world to gather news for the god Odin.

Instead of news of the world, Mogensen will be gathering information about “sleep and well-being in space” as well as attempt to 3D print metal components, all essential for potential longer-term space travel to destinations like Mars. 

Denmark to strengthen naval fleet with eye to Russia 

Defense minister Morten Bodskov announced a significant investment in the Danish navy on Thursday.

Over the next 20 years, 40 billion kroner will be spent to upgrade the Danish fleet. “We are facing a serious situation in Europe. There is war in Europe. We have just been through a corona pandemic, and common to both is that it has created problems for our security of supply,” Bodskov told reporters, according to newswire the Agence France-Presse. 

“It is not viable, especially in times of war in Europe, for the Danish defence to have problems getting ships and other equipment built,” he added. “That is why we are taking action now” with industry partners to build our own warships. 

READ MORE: From June: Russian warship violates Danish waters

Danish politicians may visit Taiwan 

Members of Danish parliament from six political parties are ready to travel to Taiwan after a possible election this autumn, newspaper Politiken reports. 

“Taiwan must not be isolated in the way that China wants it to be. They must not succeed in that,” Michael Aastrup Jensen, foreign affairs spokesman for the Liberal party (Venstre) told Politiken. 

The six parties that have signed on to a possible trip are the Conservatives, the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), the Social Liberals (Radikale), the Danish People’s Party, the Liberal party, and the new Danish Democrats party. 

However, some, including Socialist People’s Party foreign affairs spokesman Karsten Hønge, say stirring the pot in Taiwan could cause more harm than good. 

READ MORE: From 2019: Copenhagen Zoo removes Taiwan from display map to get loan pandas from China 

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