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TODAY IN DENMARK

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 news.

Bathers escape the heat at a Zealand beach in 2013. Photo: Johan Wessman/News Øresund.
Bathers escape the heat at a Zealand beach in 2013. Photo: Johan Wessman/News Øresund.

Covid-19 cases, and vaccinations, continue to climb

Coronavirus cases have increased for the past 12 days, according to Denmark’s infectious disease agency, Statens Serum Institute, and yesterday was the sixth consecutive day reporting more than 500 positive tests. On Sunday, 609 positive cases were confirmed. An additional coronavirus patient was hospitalized, bringing the national total to 29. 

Officials say nearly 40 percent of Danes are fully vaccinated, with 62.6 percent having received at least one dose. As of July 9th, everyone over the age of 16 is eligible for vaccination. 

A week of sun ahead 

Denmark will have a chance to dry off from last week’s deluge, according to forecasters from the Danish Meteorological Institute. Expect balmy temperatures – between 20-25C – and plenty of sunshine. But before planning your picnic or beach day, keep an eye out for possible local showers on Tuesday. 

By Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures will creep even higher and may crest 30C in some locations, says DMI meteorologist Thor Hartz. 

READ MORE: These are Denmark’s 13 new perfect swim spots

Thinking of buying a home in Denmark? You’re not alone 

Denmark’s housing market is booming and a record-breaking number of Danes secured home loans in June, according to banking business association Finans Danmark, the highest monthly total since October 2017.

Home loans this June were nearly 12 percent higher than June 2020, and in the capital region, the average loan was an eye-watering 2.8 million kroner. Interest rates are oscillating between 1 and 1.5 percent. 

Buyer beware if you hope to take advantage of these low rates – foreigners are subject to special rules when purchasing real estate, and a misstep could cost you hefty fines or even force you to resell your new home. 

READ MORE: What you need to know when buying a home as a foreigner in Denmark 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums. 

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