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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 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

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