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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Monday

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

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
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Denmark’s Capital Region offers 330,000 additional vaccine appointments

Residents of Denmark’s Capital Region who have yet to be vaccinated will have a chance to get the jab sooner than expected

Invitations to get vaccinated will arrive in qualifying residents’ e-Boks in the coming days. Beginning today, residents born between 1985 and 1993 will be able to book appointments at vacciner.dk.

The additional vaccination appointments were made possible by Denmark’s purchase of 1.1 million Pfizer doses from the Romanian government at the end of June.

There are nine vaccination centres in the Capital Region. With the influx of new appointments, regional authorities request patience with the vacciner.dk platform and recommend checking at other vaccination centers if you are unable to find an appointment at the nearest vaccination centre. 

Deputy director from the Capital Region of Denmark’s Emergency Preparedness, Helene Bliddal Døssing, said they have hired more than 300 additional vaccination staff in the past week to handle the increased load.

On July 2nd, Denmark’s National Board of Health (Sundhedsstyrelsen) moved up its vaccination schedule for the entire country by two weeks.

Changes to Denmark’s travel guidelines

Danish residents can now travel easily to the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and Hungary. The countries now fall into Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ green risk category.

Travellers from green countries will no longer need to take a coronavirus test on arrival in Denmark, as they did when these countries were classed as yellow. 

Cyprus, a popular holiday destination from Denmark, has shifted from green to yellow as a result of higher infection rates. This means travellers from Cyprus have to be tested upon return to Denmark.

Spain, another popular destination, has also seen a number of changes. The regions of Basque and Navarre are now green, while the regions of Catalonia, Melilla and Valencia changed from green to yellow.

Fans from Denmark will not be allowed to attend Wembley semi-final

The Danish national football team will play England July 7th in the Euro2020 semi-finals at Wembley in London, but fans from Denmark will not be allowed to attend. 

British authorities informed Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs July 4th that Britain’s Covid-19 restrictions remain in place for football fans. This includes a 10-day quarantine for travellers from Denmark, even if they’ve been vaccinated.

This leaves Danish football fans living in the UK to cheer on the national team, with 5,000 tickets available. More than 2,000 Danes with a British address registered for tickets on billet.dbu.dk by July 4th, according to Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU). 

If Denmark progresses to the Euro2020 final, the European Football Association (UEFA) has made a special agreement with the British authorities to allow 1000 visiting fans to attend. 

The rules in both the Netherlands and Azerbaijan, where the national team has previously played, had been relaxed for football fans from Denmark.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A Dane going to space, beefing up the Danish navy, and increasing Covid cases are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Covid cases increase as holidays end

The number of positive PCR tests in Denmark is again on the rise with people returning to work and school after summer holidays, according to the latest data from the State’s Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency.  

From the last week of July to the first week of August, cases rose 18 percent, while the positive percentage grew to 27 percent. 

“Activity in our society is increasing, and people may also be more aware of getting tested for symptoms in connection with starting work and education,” says Tyra Grove Krause, professional director of the SSI. 

Central and North Jutland have seen the highest overall infection rates, while nationwide 40-59 year olds are seeing the most positive tests. 

Data on incidence rates are more likely to be an underestimate given Denmark’s dramatically reduced public testing program, which saw all quick test sites and all but a handful of PCR test sites shuttered in the spring. On August 15, authorities further restricted guidelines for who should be tested if they experience Covid symptoms — now, the official guidance is that testing is only recommended for people who are 65 years old or over, pregnant, or have a condition that causes a higher risk of sever outcomes for Covid-19. 

Danish astronaut announces mission to space 

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will spend six months at the International Space Station as part of Mission Huginn — named after one of two ravens from Norse mythology that flew around the world to gather news for the god Odin.

Instead of news of the world, Mogensen will be gathering information about “sleep and well-being in space” as well as attempt to 3D print metal components, all essential for potential longer-term space travel to destinations like Mars. 

Denmark to strengthen naval fleet with eye to Russia 

Defense minister Morten Bodskov announced a significant investment in the Danish navy on Thursday.

Over the next 20 years, 40 billion kroner will be spent to upgrade the Danish fleet. “We are facing a serious situation in Europe. There is war in Europe. We have just been through a corona pandemic, and common to both is that it has created problems for our security of supply,” Bodskov told reporters, according to newswire the Agence France-Presse. 

“It is not viable, especially in times of war in Europe, for the Danish defence to have problems getting ships and other equipment built,” he added. “That is why we are taking action now” with industry partners to build our own warships. 

READ MORE: From June: Russian warship violates Danish waters

Danish politicians may visit Taiwan 

Members of Danish parliament from six political parties are ready to travel to Taiwan after a possible election this autumn, newspaper Politiken reports. 

“Taiwan must not be isolated in the way that China wants it to be. They must not succeed in that,” Michael Aastrup Jensen, foreign affairs spokesman for the Liberal party (Venstre) told Politiken. 

The six parties that have signed on to a possible trip are the Conservatives, the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), the Social Liberals (Radikale), the Danish People’s Party, the Liberal party, and the new Danish Democrats party. 

However, some, including Socialist People’s Party foreign affairs spokesman Karsten Hønge, say stirring the pot in Taiwan could cause more harm than good. 

READ MORE: From 2019: Copenhagen Zoo removes Taiwan from display map to get loan pandas from China 

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