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

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
Bathers escape the heat at a Zealand beach in 2013. Photo: Johan Wessman/News Øresund.
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of news.

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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