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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Some 16,000 cyclists will be able to cross the Great Belt Bridge

4,000 spectators at Denmark-Belgium match should be tested after Delta outbreak 

The Danish Patient Safety Authority has asked some 4,000 spectators who were sitting in several sections of the C grandstand at Copenhagen’s Parken stadium during the Euro2020 match between Denmark and Belgium last Thursday to get a PCR covid test, after three spectators tested positive to the infectious Delta variant, originating in India.  

In a tweet, the authority called for anyone in section C 1-4 or C 6-7 to get tested as soon as possible. 

Denmark’s health minister, Magnus Heunicke, wrote in a tweet that three people had tested positive out of the 4,000 people who had been in the sections. 

Amusement park to build Denmark’s biggest roller coaster 

The Fårup Sommerland amusement park is to build Denmark’s biggest roller coaster, the Fønix, which will be 40m high, and incorporate 14 different elements, such as drops, loops, and twists, providing a total of 9.2 seconds of weightlessness. The roller coaster, which is designed by the Dutch company Vekoma, will cost 100m kroner and be ready by next Easter. 

Læsø to become Denmark’s first fully vaccinated municipality 

Læsø, an island out in the Kattegat sea between Jutland and Sweden, is to become the first municipality in Denmark where all adults have been fully vaccinated, with the last 140 people over the age of 16 set to be vaccinated on Thursday. Denmark has brought in a system whereby small island communities can be vaccinated outside the normal system, as following the age-based calendar would be inefficient. 

Denmark to open the 1.6km Great Belt Bridge to cyclists (for one day) 

As part of Denmark’s hosting of the Grand Départ of the Tour de Franceit will on July 11th next year open up the long bridge between Funen and Zealand to more than 16,000 cyclists. The trip across the bridge will be part of the 199km Stage 2 of the race, which starts in Roskilde and ends in Nyborg. 

The race is organized by the Danish Cycling Union, in collaboration with DGI, DIF and Sport Event Denmark, and participants can choose between three distances, the full 199km, 100km, or 25km.

Registration begins on July 1st this year. 

Danish Medicines agency asks people not to report mild vaccine side-effects 

The Danish Medicines Agency has asked people in Denmark not to consult a doctor if they have a mild fever or headache after receiving a coronavirus jab, after it has been overwhelmed by more than 44,000 side effect reports in just six months. It normally receives about 7,000 in a year. 

“Do not consult a doctor if you have a mild fever, headache or other mild side effects after receiving a coronavirus vaccine. It is completely normal, and a sign that your immune system is working,” Tanja Erichsen, unit manager at the Danish Medicines Agency, told the Politiken newspaper. “You should neither report this to us nor contact your own doctor.” 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Eighty-six weekend flights cancelled and a major setback for Copenhagen's artificial peninsula project are among the top headlines in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Cancelled flights reflect dire staff shortage 

This past weekend, 86 flights to and from Danish airports were cancelled, according to Danish airline news outlet Check-in.

By their calculations, that meant that 10,000-12,000 passengers were left at the gates. Half of the cancellations were by the beleaguered SAS, which nixed 42 flights in and out of Copenhagen alone. 

“We currently have high sickness absence, [technology issues and a late flight from a partner airline, ed.] and we already have a tight staffing situation, Alexandra Lindgren Kaoukji, SAS spokesperson in Denmark, told Check-in.  

READ ALSO: What are your rights if your flight is cancelled in Denmark? 

New Herlufsholm chairman: culture creates ‘problems for the weak,’ while ‘the strong’ manage

The latest wrinkle in the Herlufsholm scandal is the appointment of Jon Stokholm, former Danish Supreme Court Justice, as chairman of the board. 

The 71-year-old told newswire Ritzau that he believes Herlufsholm’s emphasis on individualism was where the school went wrong. 

“Such a culture creates problems for the weak,” Stokholm said. “The strong will cope.” (This seems an unusual way to describe students at a school struggling with bullying.) 

READ ALSO: Danish royal children withdrawn from controversial boarding school 

Artificial peninsula project Lynetteholm faces major setback 

Copenhagen’s dreams for a self-financing Lynetteholm, the new Copenhagen district to be built on a manmade peninsula in the harbour, have shattered like a ‘broken Kinder egg,”  mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen told broadcaster DR

New number-crunching by the ministry of transportation reveals that the profits from selling plots of land on future Lynetteholm, which promised to fund the creation of a metro connection and an eastern road ring, are likely to fall far short of that figure. 

The project was designed to solve three problems in one fell swoop — its creators say Lynetteholm will ameliorate the Copenhagen housing shortage, reduce congestion in the rest of the city and protect the mainland from storm surges in the face of climate change. 

READ ALSO: Danish parliament gives go ahead to giant artificial island off Copenhagen

Pollution linked to 10 percent of Europe’s cancer cases 

The European Environment Agency released a report today that concludes more than 10 percent of all cancer cases in Europe are preventable — because they can be tied to pollution. 

“Together, exposure to air pollution, carcinogenic chemicals, radon, UV radiation and passive smoking can account for over ten percent of the cancer burden in Europe,” the EEA wrote in a statement. 

Cancer cases due to exposure to radiation or chemical carcinogens can be reduced to “an almost insignificant level,” environment and health expert at the EEA Gerardo Sanchez told reporters last week. 

Of special interest to Danes, who sometimes eschew sunscreen during the summer months, should be the EEA’s calculation that four percent of European cancer cases are linked to natural UV radiation from the sun.