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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
Danish transport minister Benny Engelbrecht came to came to the Høje TClaus Bech/Ritzau Scanpixaastrup station to greet the train. Photo:

Two kindergartens and one school closed in Denmark due to Delta variant

Korskildeskolen near Næstved on Zealand, the Småfolket kindergarten in Haslev, Zealand, and Ellevang Dagtilbud in Aarhus have all been closed after one or more of the children’s parents tested positive to the highly infectious Delta variant of coronavirus. 

The Delta variant was first discovered in Denmark on April 2nd, 2021, and has since been identified 320 times, the SSI infectious diseases agency said on Saturday. 

The agency said the new Delta Plus variant has also been identified in samples taken from a passenger arriving from Portuful.

Danes can travel to Germany without a coronavirus test

From Sunday, June 27th, Danish residents coming into Germany by car, boar or train, will no longer need to show a negative coronavirus test or fill in a digital entry form to enter the country. 

The rules for entry have been relaxed after the German authorities lifted Denmark’s status as a “risk area”, ruling the country “yellow” in its traffic light system.

Travellers arriving in Germany by plane will still, however, need to show either a rapid test less than 48 hours old or a PCR test less than 72 hours old. 

Night trains return to Denmark after seven years 

The Swedish train company Snälltåget on Saturday sent the first of its new night trains, with the Stockholm-Berlin train stopping in Høje Taastrup outside Copenhagen on its way to down to Germany. 

Benny Engelbrecht, Denmark’s transport minister, came to the platform to meet the train and make a short speech. 

“We have high expectations for the route, because we are expanding the market for night trains,” said Marco Andersson, sales manager in the Swedish company. “In addition, there is great interest in traveling by train and night train, seen from an environmental perspective.” 

Denmark stopped running night trains to Europe in 2014. 

The Snälltåget train leaves Stockholm at 16.20, stops at the Danish station at 22.45, and then arrives in Berlin at 8.52 the following morning. 

Rise in number hospitalised for coronavirus in Denmark

The number of people being treated in hospital with coronavirus rose by three to 66 in the 24 hours to 2pm on Sunday, while 174 new cases were registered. One more death was registered, bringing the total death toll in Denmark due to the virus to 2,532. 

Jubilant fans crowd Denmark’s streets after country makes Euro quarter-finals 

Denmark’s victory over Wales on Saturday led to wild celebrations across Denmark, with the victory taking the country into the quarter-finals on the anniversary of its Euro victory 29 years ago. 

Fans in Copenhagen blocked traffic and filled the city’s central squares.  Fans, including prime minister Mette Frederiksen, had also travelled in large numbers to Amsterdam to support the team.

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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the day’s news on Tuesday

Danish extremist barred from UK, Islamic State sisters lose case against Denmark, Denmark only second happiest country, and home sales in Denmark at lowest level since 2013.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the day's news on Tuesday

Rasmus Paludan barred from entering UK 

The Danish anti-Islamic extremist Rasmus Paludan had been barred from entering the UK after it emerged that he planned to burn copies of the Quran in the city of Wakefield. 

The UK’s security minister, Tom Tugendhat, told the UK parliament that Paludan has been added to the UK’s “warnings index” after he announced his plans to ban a Quran in the city to mark the start of Ramadan on Wednesday and “will not be allowed access” to the country.

“His travel to the United Kingdom would not be conducive with the public good and he will not be allowed access,” he said, according to The Guardian newspaper.  

Danish vocab: adgang – access 

Islamic State twin sisters lose case against Denmark 

A court in Copenhagen on Monday acquitted Denmark’s immigration ministry for stripping two twin sisters of their Danish citizenship in 2020. 

The sisters were born in Denmark to Somali refugees, and then grew up in the UK before going to Syria to join the Islamic state caliphate in 2014, aged 16. The two are now held in the al-Roj prison camp in Kurdish-held northern Syria. 

The sentence is conditional on the women not becoming stateless.

In 2020, ministry said that the sisters were also Somali citizens and therefore would not be left stateless, but their lawyer, Eddie Omar Rosenberg Khawaja, said that the law in Somalia prohibits dual citizenship, meaning the two had lost their Somali citizenship automatically on becoming Danish citizens at aged four. 

He plans to appeal the judgement. 

Danish vocab: tvillingesøstre – twin sisters

Home sales in Denmark sink to lowest level since 2013

The number of home sales in Denmark fell over the last three months to the lowest level since the start of 2013, when the country was still emerging from a protracted housing slump.

Only 9,931 homes were sold in the last three months of 2022, according to the latest figures from the trade body Finance Denmark, the lowest number for 39 three-month periods. At the same time prices have fallen back to the levels they were at at the end of 2020. 

Prices of apartments fell by 7.2 percent last three months of the year compared to the same period in 2021, while prices for detached houses fell by 6.3 percent.

Danish vocab: bolighandler – home sales

World’s second happiest country: Denmark loses out to Finland again

Denmark is listed at number two on this year’s World Happiness Report, coming second to Finland for the second year in a row.

The UN’s World Happiness Report, published on Monday, puts Denmark second on its national happiness ranking.

Finland takes the title of world’s happiest nation, once closely associated with Denmark, for the sixth year in a row.

The Danish second place is the same as its 2022 ranking and one spot better than in 2021. Denmark once took first place regularly, but this has not happened since 2016. Denmark was also second behind Finland in 2019.