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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 the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
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Mohammed cartoonist Kurt Westergaard dies aged 86

Danish artist Kurt Westergaard, famed for drawing a caricature the Prophet Mohammed which sparked outrage around the Muslim world, has died at the age of 86.

The illustrator was behind 12 drawings published by conservative newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005 under the headline “The Face of Mohammed”, one of which sparked particular anger.

During the last years of his life Westergaard, like a number of others associated with the cartoons, had to live under police protection at a secret address.

Here’s our report.

Norway tightens travel restrictions for Denmark residents

Norway’s Covid-19 restrictions for incoming travel from Denmark are increased as of today, with the exception of people from the Southern Denmark health authority region.

That means people travelling from Denmark to Norway will be required to quarantine for ten days. Norway’s mandatory quarantine can be ended early by testing negative for the coronavirus with a PCR test after seven days.

However, fully vaccinated people or people who have recovered from coronavirus within the last six months can still travel from Denmark to Norway without being encompassed by the travel restrictions.

Denmark has seen an increase in coronavirus infections since the beginning of July. The Danish foreign ministry has changed its own guidance on travel to Norway as a result of the new Norwegian restrictions, effectively making Norway an orange country for all Danish residents except for those in Southern Denmark.


Escaped python on the loose in Aarhus 

A python which escaped from its cage in Aarhus on Saturday is still on the loose, East Jutland police confirmed to broadcaster DR early this morning.

According to the daily report published by the police district on its website, the snake broke free area after its owner moved the its cage onto outside decking at his home in the Risskov area of the city.

The snake in question is a one-metre-long python. It is not poisonous and does not bite ‘in normal circumstances’, according to the police report.

Sightings of the python should be reported using the 114 police contact number.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Shorter Master's' degrees, sanctions against Russia, and deficiencies in the Danish Armed Forces are among the top news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Denmark plans to shorten Master’s degrees to save money 

Next week, the government will present a plan to cut costs for some Master’s degree programmes by lopping off the second and final year, newspaper Politiken reports. But both labour unions and industry representatives worry it risks turning out under-prepared graduates. 

The changes would affect half of all master’s students in Denmark, according to Politiken, and 70 percent of students in humanities and social sciences.The intent is to funnel the savings into “medium-term professional courses” including nursing, teaching, and social work.

“We are very concerned that university education will be degraded,” says Sara Vergo, chairman of the trade union Djøf, which represents students and workers in “social sciences, business and law.”  

READ MORE: How to save money as a student in Denmark

Denmark pushes for more sanctions against Russia 

Foreign minister Jeppe Kofod says he and his EU counterparts from other countries have agreed to further ramp up sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. 

Likely targets are tightening restrictions against Russian oligarchs and imposing sanctions on Russian exports that are vital to the economy and military industry, Kofod tells newswire Ritzau. 

“These are sanctions that hit Putin’s regime and the people around him,” he added. 

The European Commission’s foreign affairs chief told Reuters that the new sanctions will be designed to target “more relevant sectors of the Russian economy and continue to target individuals responsible for the war of aggression against Ukraine.” 

The EU’s foreign ministers will convene again in mid-October to finalise the new sanctions package. 

READ MORE: 10 ways EU countries aim to cut energy bills and avoid blackouts this winter 

Tire-kicking reveals deficiencies in Danish Armed Forces 

On Wednesday, defence minister Morten Bødskov outlined the results of an investigation into the facilities and equipment of the Danish Armed Forces — and both have been found lacking. 

“We need billions of investment just to continue the current defence,” Bødskov said at a press conference. 

A correspondent for broadcaster DR wrote that the audit confirms what many in defence have reported for years — mouldy barracks and “hopelessly old IT equipment.”