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

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 Tuesday
The Danish national football team leaves its training facility at Elsinore today ahead of its July 7th match against England in London. Photo: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark’s national football team heads to London

Today, Denmark’s national football team leaves its training camp in Elsinore for its Euro2020 semi-final match against England at Wembley in London July 7th.

Although fans in Denmark will not be able to attend the match, due to England’s Covid-19 restrictions, including a 10-day quarantine, the 5000 available tickets for Danish football fans living in the UK sold out almost immediately.

According to the Danish Football Union, Danish Boldspil-Union (DBU), 7,900 tickets have now been set aside for Danish fans.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has specifically invited six medical personnel who attended to Christian Eriksen following his cardiac arrest during Denmark’s first match of the tournament.

The match will be held at 9 p.m. local time July 7th.

Higher education applications down in Denmark in several key professions

Overall applications to higher education this year are slightly down from last year, according to Denmark’s Ministry of Education. This year, 93,388 people have applied for higher education in Denmark, 1,216 fewer than in 2020.

However, applications in 2020 reached a record high. Some have attributed this to fewer potential students opting to take a gap year last year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Despite the minor decline, some professions have seen a market decrease in interest. For example, four major welfare professions – primary school education, pedagogical education, social work, and nursing – saw declines between 3 and 8 percent. 

“We are in a crisis with a shortage of educators across the country,” Elisa Rimpler, chairman of the educator’s union Bupl, said. Already, Denmark anticipates a shortage of 14,000 educators in the next 10 years.

Fewer nursing applicants, possibly as a result of Denmark’s ongoing nurses’ strike, might also exacerbate an existing shortage of nurses.

Another field of study seeing significant decline is IT, which saw applications drop by 6 percent. Denmark anticipates a shortage of 22,000 IT graduates by 2030.

New ‘Positive List’ for highly educated and skilled workers released

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has published a new ‘Positive List’ for highly educated and skilled workers seeking work permits in Denmark. 

The Positive List is a list of professions experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals in Denmark.

The positive list for people with a higher education contains a total of 41 job titles, and there are 47 job titles on the positive list for skilled workers valid for the second half of 2021.

The new list, published July 1st is valid until December 31st, 2021. 

Stay tuned for more coverage on the updated list from The Local later today.

North Jutland announces 80,000 additional vaccination appointments

The North Jutland region has announced the addition of 80,000 vaccination appointments to its calendar. By July 6th, it expects all residents aged 16 and up to have received invitations via e-Boks. 

This comes as a result of Denmark securing 1.1m Pfizer doses from Romania at the end of June.

On July 5th, Denmark’s Capital Region announced an additional 330,000 vaccination appointments.

Denmark sees lowest number of foreclosures in 14 years

The number of homeowners in Denmark who may see their house or apartment end up in foreclosure is at its lowest level in 14 years, according to Danmarks Statistik.

There were 766 foreclosures in the first half of 2021, the lowest since 2007.

According to housing economist Mira Lie Nielsen from Nykredit, the cause of the decline in foreclosures is the strength of Denmark’s housing market at the moment.

“The number of home sales has increased in all municipalities in the past year,” Nielsen said. “At the same time, there are nice price increases even a good distance out in the province.”

The number of foreclosures in Denmark has generally been declining over the past ten years.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement