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 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.