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

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
A file photo of people enjoying hot weather at Bellevue Strand beach near Copenhagen. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

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.

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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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