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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

The need for foreign workers, an encouraging Covid snapshot, and incorrigible football fans are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Labour crisis: ‘we will need many more foreigners’ 

Unmet demand for labour in both private businesses and the public sector has reached a crisis point, according to an appeal to the government to reach a broader labour agreement. 

The municipalities will need 44,000 additional employees by 2030, the National Association of Municipalities says. Meanwhile, Danish businesses could hire 38,000 new workers immediately, according to the Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri), which represents the interests of about 19,000 Danish companies. 

Lars Sandahl Sørensen, managing director of DI, firmly believes the answer to the labour shortage lies outside Danish borders. 

“We will need many more foreigners,” Sørensen told Finans. “It is not about getting cheap labour, but about getting people at all. We are in a situation where we do not have employees to carry out the things on green change that we have already decided and that we would like on health and welfare.” 

READ MORE: How can you get a work permit in Denmark if you aren’t an EU national? 

Encouraging Covid snapshot

The latest report from the State’s Serum Institute, the Danish infectious disease agency, says declining viral loads in the wastewater system suggest there’s a lower burden of infection in the country. 

Confirmed cases were down 19 percent between the week of July 11th to the week of July 18th, but since the number of PCR tests administered also decreased 15 percent that’s to be taken with a grain of salt. 

In the same period, new Covid hospital admissions fell nearly a quarter, with a significant decline in the elderly population. 

Omicron sub-variant BA.5 is still responsible for the lion’s share of Covid cases in Denmark, accounting for 92 percent of positive results in the week of July 18th. 

READ MORE: Which Covid self-tests should you buy (and avoid) in Denmark? 

Football fans send two to emergency room 

The double penalty zone authorities established around Brøndby stadium wasn’t enough to prevent more trips to the hospital. 

According to a press release from the Western Copenhagen Police, a group of Brøndby fans “stampeded” one of the stadium entrances prior to the club’s UEFA Conference League qualification match against Swiss side Basel last night. Three stadium stewards were injured, two of whom went to the emergency room. 

It’s unclear whether anyone has been charged in connection with the incident, but police are seeking additional information from anyone who may have witnessed the stampede at 7:12pm. 

Dreary weather to end summer holidays 

This weekend, the last holiday hurrah before many children return to school on Monday, won’t feel much like summer, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“There will be little or no sun and a few showers” with temperatures between 17 and 22 degrees says DMI meteorologist Mette Wagner. 

It’s a dramatic shift from Thursday, when the 30 degree weather was swept away by a strong rainstorm that dampened an Ed Sheeran concert in Copenhagen.