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Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
Langelændere (people from Langeland) demonstrate on Tuesday against the now-scrapped plans for a departure centre on their island. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Government scraps plan for Langeland expulsion centre

The government last night announced it will not go ahead with plans to open a so-called departure or expulsion centre on Langeland, in the face of fierce opposition from the local community on the island and in parliament.

Proposed last week, the centre would have housed people with so-called ‘tolerated stay’ (tålt ophold) status, who do not have permission to reside in Denmark but cannot be deported by force. The planned facility was for foreign nationals with criminal records who have served their sentences but are awaiting deportation.

The persons who would have been moved to the centre will therefore remain for the time being at a similar facility at Kærshovedgård in Jutland. That centre also houses people who have not committed crimes but have no legal right to stay in Denmark, for example due to a rejected asylum claim.

We’ll have more detail on this story in a report today.

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24,000 on waiting list for dropped vaccines

If you (like me) have registered for a consultation over opting to receive a Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson, you may have to wait a while. The private company given concession to distribute the vaccines, Practio, says that 24,000 people have so far signed up for the scheme, broadcaster DR reports.

Vaccines from the two companies have been withdrawn from the general vaccination programme but can still be given in Denmark via the new opt-in arrangement.

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The company is still working to secure locations for its vaccination centres and hiring doctors to give the consultations founder Jonas Nilsen told DR.

“It’s going fast but I’m confident about everything, even though we’re busy,” Nilsen said.

Midwives in dispute over wage terms

Just over a third of Denmark’s 3,000 midwives have signed a declaration refusing to take new jobs in the public sector unless they are given better wages, DR reports.

The conflict between the midwives and their employers, the regional health authorities, has reached a stage where it has the potential to affect staffing at neonatal wards when hospitals put together their summer rotas, according to the broadcaster.

Rain, wind and a little bit of sun forecast

The end of May is nigh and you could be forgiven for thinking that spring hasn’t really got going yet. Today is unlikely to change such a conviction, according to weather forecasts.

A moderate to strong southerly or southwesterly wind is expected in most parts of the country. A low pressure system moving north will ensure showers, wind and perhaps a bit of sun, with temperatures ranging from 8-14 degrees Celsius.

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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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