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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Prince Joachim begins his new job as French defence attache in September last year. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
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 begins exhumation of four million mink carcasses 

The first of the mink carcasses buried in mass graves after last autumn’s cull have been dug up for incineration, local broadcaster TV Midtvest has reported. 

The exhumation began at Nørre Felding, south of Holsterbro, at about 4am on Thursday morning. The carcasses will be incinerated at one of the 13 waste facilities that have submitted bids for the task, with many going to Amager, others to Sønderborg, and others to Hjørring.

Citizens in the areas near the mink burial sites have been warned in advance that they may be exposed to bad smells when the decomposed carcasses are brought to the surface. 

“I regret that this will cause some noise and some smell, but I think the residents would rather have this for a short period, and then know that the problem is solved and the risk of pollution eliminated, than have to live with the uncertainty for many years going forward,” said Rasmus Prehn, Denmark’s agriculture minister, in a statement. 

The plan is for all the animal carcasses to be dug up and incinerated by mid-July.

Number of new infected in Denmark back at January levels

Denmark registered 1,246 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Wednesday, the highest number recorded since the middle of January.

Since the number of people testing positive rose above 1,000 on Thursday and Friday last week, there has been growing concern that the reopening of bars, restaurants, and cafés was triggering a resurgence in the pandemic.

Now, after a slight decline on Monday and Tuesday, the number is above 1,000 again, according to the latest data from Denmark’s infectious diseases agency SSI. 

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Danish nurses may strike next week over wage dispute 

The Danish Nurses Organization has broken off talks with the body representing Denmark’s regional and local health authorities, leaving a risk that a strike may go ahead on May 21st

The organisation’s members last week voted against a deal that would have brought wage increases of five percent over the next three years, demanding a larger pay rise. 

Talks will resume over the weekend. 

Denmark’s Prince Joachim reveals struggles with ‘second prince’ position 

Denmark’s Prince Joachim, the younger brother of Crown Prince Frederik, has told France’s Point de Vue magazine of how he shares the dissatisfaction experienced by his father Prince Henrik at having an unclear role in the country’s royal hierarchy. 

“The Crown Prince simply has to follow the course of events, but nothing is defined for the second brother and that person’s wife, neither in writing nor in speech,” he said. “My father suffered the same dissatisfaction and never managed to find his place in the royal family”. 

Among other things, Henrik referred to himself as a “fluttering shadow in the Queen’s shadow” and “a general without a general staff” 

Prince Joachim and his wife, Princess Marie, were married in 2008 and today live in the French capital, Paris, with their two children. 


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