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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Fans warming up at Sankt Hans Square in Copenhgaen. Photo:Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Thousands celebrate Danish football victory on Monday night

Tens of thousands celebrated wildly in streets all over Denmark on Monday after the country’s 4-1 victory over Russia brought it successfully out of the Group stage of the Euro2020 tournament. 

Goals from Mikkel Damsgaard, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Christensen. and Joakim Maehle gave the Danes their first win of the tournament on a joyous evening at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

In Aarhus, spectators who had been watching the match at two outdoor big-screen converged on the city centre after the victory, thronging the Frederiksgade and Mølleparken districts.

Stig Heidemann from the East Jutland Police said that several thousand people had joined the street party. 

“There have been some complaints about the music, singing and partying, which is quite natural, but there has been no trouble anywhere,” he said. 

A video from a major crossroads in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, showed two groups of people facing, one another and hailing the Danish striker who collapsed on pitch in the first match of the compeition, with one  group shouting “Christian”, and the other replying “Eriksen”.

Sankt Hans celebrations to go ahead across Denmark

People in Denmark will be able to light their traditional Sankt Hans bonfires everywhere in Denmark after Danske Beredskaber, the agency representing the country’s 24 municipal fire services, ruled that, after recent rainfall, there was only a limited wildfire risk. 

The local fire services met on Monday to discuss how conditions had changed since last Wednesday, when the fire hazard index was showing an increased risk of wildfires in Denmark. 

The only place in Denmark where no bonfire can be held is the island of Anholt, where there is a permanent, all-year-round ban on open fires. 

In a press release, the fire services noted that many of the official Sankt Hans celebrations had been cancelled, and gave recommendations on how to celebrate safely. 

The Copenhagen fire services tweeted out an image on how to position a fire to cut the risk of fire spreading. 

Aarhus hit-and-run driver arrested 

A 20-year-old man who fled in his car after running over a police officer in Aarhus on Friday has been arrested, East Jutland Police said a tweet on Monday night.

The man can be held until July 16th, a court in Aarhus ruled, after the arresting, finding there was “reasonable suspicion” that he had been the driver of the car. The man has pleaded “not guilty”. 

TV2 East Jutland had in January interviewed the man for a feature about joy riders, in which he boasted about his dangerous driving. 

“I’m a very dangerous driver myself. I am known as the crazy motorist around here,” he said when TV2 interiewed him at a petrol station. “I jump reds all the time. Just because there’s a red light never stops me. If it’s free, I just drive.” 

Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall in Denmark

149 new corona cases were registered in Denmark in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Monday, according to the country’s infectious diseases agency, Statens Serum Institut (SSI). This is the lowest number since the beginning of September.

“These are some nice low infection rates. It’s been going on for some time, so it looks promising. Overall, it is going in the right direction, although, of course, we are constantly aware of the Delta variant,” said Allan Randrup Thomsen, a virologist at Copenhagen University. 

Danish Justice Ministry to hold press meet on corona situation ahead of holidays

At 11am, Denmark’s justice ministry is holding a press conference along with the country’s health authorities to give an update on the situation ahead of the summer holidays, looking in particular at test capacity, contact tracing, the more infectious Delta variant, the Euro2020 championships, and the changes coming in as part of phase four of reopening. 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Legal gender reassignment for Danish children, a possible cap on visas for Russian tourists, and 'accidental' 6,000 kroner cheques are among the top news stories in Denmark on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Russian tourists have flocked to Denmark. Ukraine wants us to cut them off. 

In the first months of 2022, Denmark issued three times as many tourist visas to Russians than in the previous year, newspaper Politiken reported Monday. But now, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy is asking western leaders to close the door on Russian tourists, according to newswire Ritzau. 

Vladimir Barbin, Russian ambassador to Denmark, sees potential travel restrictions as an attack on human rights. “In short, human rights in the West are apparently only remembered when it is beneficial, and they are forgotten without remorse when it comes to Russians,” Barbin wrote to Ritzau. In the same statement, he described Russia’s invasion as a “special military operation.” 

Denmark’s minister of immigration plans to wait for a broader EU solution. “It is clear that if there is just one country in Europe where Russians can enter, then in principle you can enter the entire Schengen area,” Kaare Dybvad told Politiken.  “Therefore, it is the EU framework in which it must be done.” 

READ MORE: Who visits Denmark in the summer and where do tourists go? 

Government proposes removing age limit for legal gender change 

The government’s LGBTQ+ plan, presented Monday, includes a proposal to expand access to legal gender change to all children regardless of age. 

Currently, only after the age of 18 can people apply to legally change their gender marker on government documents. 

The new plan would strike that age cap, but children 15 years of age or younger would need the consent of their parents or guardians. It’s the second time the Social Democrats have proposed the change — it failed to garner enough support among other government parties two years ago. 

The Danish Parliament consulted with the Ethics Council on the issue of appropriate ages for legal gender change, which proposed lowering the age limit to 10-12 years old. 

Bank error in your favor! Some received heating subsidy in error 

When the 6,000 kroner cheques went out to households heated by gas boilers, some households with different heating systems received a happy surprise. 

The government used a municipal system called the Building and Housing Register (abbreviated BBR in Danish) to determine who should receive the cheques — if you make any changes to your home, including replacing a boiler or building a tool shed, you’re supposed to inform the municipality. The problem is that many people aren’t aware of this or believe it’s included in the permitting information contractors file with authorities. 

A provision in the legislation authorising the ‘heat cheques’ says that if a cheque is sent due to government error, the recipient isn’t required to return the money. (In fact, you can’t even if you want to — authorities are asking accidental recipients not to contact them.) 

READ MORE: Denmark boosts heating bill help and will give it to more households